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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 1:30 pm, IL

April 13, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Illinois. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org. Sara Burnett is on the desk.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.



SPRINGFIELD — Legislation proposing the separation of Chicago from Illinois is intended to spark discussion about the overarching influence of the city in state politics, not actually lead to the creation of the 51st state, according to a central Illinois lawmaker who sponsored the measure. GOP state Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer, the bill ’s sponsor, said the proposal would urge U.S. Congress to make the nation’s third-largest city its own state, the State Journal-Register reported. SENT: 500 words.



PEKIN — John Bargar opened the Colonial Barber Shop June 26, 1967. Fifty years later, his grandson, Jake Gill, having finished barber college in Bloomington-Normal, came to work at the shop. “I grew up in this shop,” said Gill. “I was always in here getting my hair cut every time I could.” While he had always pictured himself standing behind a barber’s chair in the Colonial Barber Shop, Gill did not have the opportunity to attend barber college until 2016, he said. He was selling cars at Uftring Chevrolet in North Pekin when a conversation with his wife, Stephanie, redirected him to his new career path. By Mike Kramer, Pekin Daily Times. SENT: 600 words, photos.


SYCAMORE — After a grueling seven-month journey learning to walk and breathe on his own again, Noah Ruiz returned April 9 to South Prairie Elementary School. On the school playground, Noah, 6, asked his mom, Jennifer Ruiz, to push him higher. It was a moment Ruiz said she thought might never come again after Noah was diagnosed with a rare polio-like condition called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, in October. The virus, which attacks the nervous system, left Noah paralyzed and critically ill for four months. Noah was unable to walk or move his left arm, and needed the help of a ventilator to breathe. Ruiz, 30, says now Noah is doing “amazing” and is thrilled to be back at South Prairie, where his brothers Ian, 9, and David Jr., 8, also are students. By Kelsey Rettke, (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle. SENT: 750 words.


_ INTERSTATE SHOOTING: One person has been killed and two others injured in an early morning shooting along Interstate 55 in Chicago.

_ FRUIT RECALL-SALMONELLA OUTBREAK: An Indianapolis-based company has issued a recall for melon products sold in 16 states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak.

_ BLOOMINGTON POLICE CHIEF: The city of Bloomington in central Illinois plans a nationwide search to replace its retiring police chief.

_ ARGOSY’S DEMISE-PSYCHOLOGIST SHORTAGE: Mental health leaders are worried that Minnesota could suffer a shortage of psychologists following the sudden closure of Argosy University.

_ EVANSTON-FATAL SHOOTING: A 71-year prison sentence has been handed a suburban Chicago man convicted of killing a 14-year-old boy in 2012.



Los Angeles plays Chicago at Wrigley Field. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


Chicago plays New York at Yankee Stadium. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


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