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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 6pm, IL

May 15, 2019 GMT

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. Herbert McCann 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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, Ill. _ Illinois’s child welfare agency reviewed all 1,100 of its ongoing abuse and neglect cases as part of a stepped-up effort to right a department that’s facing criticism for failing to prevent the deaths of three children under its watch since January, the governor announced Wednesday. Democratic Gov. Jay Pritzker made the announcement hours after the release of a separate outside report that found that that the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services unit that is responsible for overseeing households in which children are left at home after allegations of abuse or neglect. By John O’Connor and Don Babwin. SENT: 850 words, photos.



—CHILD DEATHS-ILLINOIS-THE LATEST: The Latest on recommendations to improve the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Will be updated as developments occur.


WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump used a ceremony for fallen law enforcement officers on Wednesday to criticize big-city prosecutors he asserts don’t go after criminals who pose a severe threat to public safety. Trump pledged to the families of fallen officers that the country will “never, ever leave your side, never disappoint you” but went beyond memorializing for much of the annual event. He singled out prosecutors in Philadelphia and Chicago as being part of a “dangerous trend” by deciding not to prosecute “many criminals who pose a severe threat to public safety and community well-being.” By Kevin Freking. SENT: 310 words, photos.


Teachers report sifting through junk science and misinformation as they work to teach their students about climate change. There are materials produced by climate change doubters, lesson plans developed by the oil industry, and countless other sites with misleading or outdated information. Climate change education varies across states, and often from one classroom to the next. By Michael Melia. SENT: 1,310 words, photo, video.




WASHINGTON _ The acting chief of the Federal Aviation Administration defended his agency’s safety certification of the Boeing 737 Max jetliner, the plane involved in two deadly crashes, and the FAA’s decision not to ground the jet until other regulators around the world had already done so. During a congressional hearing Wednesday, the FAA official, Daniel Elwell, also stood by the agency’s decades-old policy of using employees of aircraft manufacturers like Chicago-based Boeing to conduct inspections on their own companies’ work. By David Koenig, Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.


—FAA-HOUSE HEARING-THE LATEST: The Latest on investigation into safety review of the troubled Boeing 737 Max. Will be updated as developments occur.


_MARKHAM-BRIBERY CONVICTION: The owner of a suburban Chicago company was found guilty of paying off a former mayor to secure work from the city.

_BRIDGE CLOSURE-REPAIRS: It remains unclear when the westbound lanes of a busy St. Louis-area bridge will reopen, days after an inspection found cracks in the structure.

—CHICAGO ALDERMAN ARRESTED: Police have arrested a Chicago alderman on charges alleging that he lied when he reported his car had been stolen in January. Photo.

_PLANT FIRE-ILLINOIS: Fire officials say a hot spot continues to smolder at the site of a northern Illinois silicone factory explosion that killed four workers earlier this month.

_OFFICER-STAGED SUICIDE: An appeal means there will be another delay in the trial of the wife of a northern Illinois police lieutenant who killed himself and made it look like it was a line-of-duty death.

—DISMEMBERED BOY-TRIAL: The trial has started for a Rockford man charged in the death of a 2-year-old Rockford boy whose dismembered remains were found in 2015 in a Chicago lagoon.

—CHILD KILLED-PEORIA SHOOTING: Authorities in Peoria say a 4-year-old boy died when gunfire intended for someone else struck him three times in the back and arm. Photo.

—EL DORADO HOMICIDE-CONVICTION: A judge has sentenced a southern Illinois man to life in prison for the death of a mother and her unborn child.

—ABORTION CLINICS-THREATS: A northwestern Indiana man who pleaded guilty to charges alleging he sent threatening messages to two Chicago-area abortion clinics has been sentenced to 1½ years in prison.

—MILWAUKEE KINGS GANG-CHARGED: Chicago’s U.S. attorney’s office says four members of the city’s Milwaukee Kings street gang have been charged with committing murder in aid of racketeering.

—HIV PLAN-ILLINOIS: A new plan has been introduced that aims to end HIV in Illinois by the year 2030.

—ZOMBIE RACOONS: A suburban Chicago police department is warning about “zombie raccoons,” saying they are very real and very dangerous to the family dog.

—OVERTURNED TRUCK-HONEY SPILL: A semi-trailer hauling honey overturned on a northwestern Indiana highway, spilling some of the sticky substance and restricting travel for hours. Photos.



CHICAGO _ The NBA has picked 11 players from the G League Elite Camp to stay for the draft combine. UCF’s Tacko Fall, Florida State’s Terance Mann, Miami’s Dewan Hernandez, Syracuse’s Oshae Brissett, Nevada’s Cody Martin, Tulsa’s DaQuan Jeffries, Auburn’s Jared Harper, Iowa’s Tyler Cook, Iowa State’s Marial Shayok, Mississippi State’s Reggie Perry and Ole Miss’ Terence Davis were invited to stay for the workouts that begin Thursday. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 840 words, photo.


CHICAGO _ John Beilein has no doubt leaving Michigan for the Cleveland Cavaliers is the right move to make. He decided it was time to jump to the NBA and see if he can win on basketball’s biggest stage after molding winners at the college level for 41 years. The offensive whiz who re-established the Wolverines as national championship contenders will try to orchestrate a similar turnaround in Cleveland. There’s never a good time to leave,” he said following the draft lottery in Chicago on Tuesday. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 820 words, photos.


CINCINNATI _ Yu Darvish tries to recover from a wild start when the surging Chicago Cubs face the Cincinnati Reds in the second game of their series Wednesday. The Cubs are 10-2 in May, their best start to the month since 1977. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5:40 p.m. CT.


BBN--CUBS-ZOBRIST DIVORCE, from CHICAGO: The Cubs’ Ben Zobrist and his wife, Julianna Zobrist, have filed court documents in separate states seeking to end their marriage. Ben Zobrist filed a complaint for legal separation in Tennessee, according to The Tennesseean. The couple has a home in Williamson County. Julianna Zobrist filed for divorce on Monday, according to Cook County Circuit Court records. SENT: 235 words, photo.


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa _ For a minor league team that plays its home games in flood-ravaged Iowa on the swollen banks of the Mississippi River, the season so far has presented some unusual challenges. The Quad Cities River Bandits are dragging their equipment everywhere they go because there’s no point in using their lockers. Worse than that, the players — all of whom are 23 are younger — sometimes don’t even know where they’ll be playing the next day. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 805 words, photos.


KOSICE, Slovakia _ Patrick Kane scored a goal and had two assists to become the United States’ all-time leading scorer at the world hockey championship in 6-3 win over Britain on Wednesday. The three-time Stanley Cup champion and two-time Olympian finished the game with 36 points, surpassing the 33 points U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Johnson had in the tournament. Johnson led the Americans with 11 goals when they won Olympic gold in 1980. SENT: 590 words, photos.


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