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BC-IL--Illinois Weekend Digest, IL

January 4, 2019

AP-Illinois stories for the weekend of Jan. 5-6. May be updated. Members using Exchange stories should retain the bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the AP-Illinois desk in Chicago at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org.

Moving Saturday:

ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE

SPRINGFIELD _ Democrats sweep into the Illinois State Capitol next week with a bold agenda and lopsided legislative majorities to make it happen. They must now govern _ and ensure they don’t go too far. By John O’Connor. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

AMTRAK-ST. LOUIS-TO-CHICAGO CORRIDOR

ST. LOUIS _ While most of a $1.95-billion upgrade of the St. Louis-to-Chicago Amtrak corridor was finished a year ago, long-promised faster rail journeys on the route have yet to happen. Delays in installing and testing new GPS-related safety technology have kept Amtrak trains from hitting high speeds of 90 mph during 2018 as the Illinois Department of Transportation had predicted. 300 words.

EXCHANGES

Saturday:

EXCHANGE-SHIPPING CONTAINER OFFICES

GOODFIELD, Ill. _ Step inside the soon-to-be home of Zeller Electric, nearing completion in Goodfield, and it’s not hard to imagine you have wandered into a giant Lego play set. What might be harder to imagine is that the old shipping containers stacked at various angles will soon be offices, meeting rooms and work areas. By Lenore Sobota. The Pantagraph. SENT: 700 words, photos.

Sunday:

EXCHANGE-RING REUNION

CARBONDALE, Ill. _ Nathan Duffield has found a lot of junk on the river: sunglasses that usually are too scratched to be used, fishing lures, pocket knives _ mostly things that don’t float when someone’s boat flips. But about 20 years ago, he also found a ring. By Isaac Smith. The Southern Illinoisan. SENT: 900 words.