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

May 21, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO _ The agency that licenses and inspects health care facilities in Illinois has started an investigation of a suburban Chicago hospital where doctors treated a baby brought in by a woman claiming to be his mother, a spokeswoman for the agency said Tuesday. The woman was charged weeks later with killing the actual mother and cutting the child from her womb. Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold’s comments about the investigation mark the first time that a state agency has confirmed it is investigating the circumstances surrounding the treatment of the baby. By Don Babwin. SENT: 445 words, photos.



ST. LOUIS _ A strong band of storms brought more than 30 tornadoes across the central U.S., damaged homes in Oklahoma, demolished a racetrack grandstand in Missouri and drenched waterlogged states with more water and more flooding. The severe weather started in the Southern Plains Monday night and moved to the northeast. Missouri and parts of Illinois and Arkansas were in the crosshairs Tuesday. By Wednesday, the storm will move into Great Lakes region, where it will weaken. By Jim Salter and Ken Miller. SENT: 720 words, photos, videos.


—SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST: The Latest on severe weather in the central United States. Will be updated as developments occur.


NEW YORK _ Nearly two dozen states and municipalities are suing the federal government to stop a new rule letting health care providers object to services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court asks a judge to block a rule by the Department of Health and Human Services from taking effect in July. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 365 words.



McDonald’s Corp. says it’s enhancing training and offering a new hotline for workers in response to mounting allegations of sexual harassment. On Tuesday, the labor group Fight for $15 filed 25 sexual harassment charges against McDonald’s with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund are providing legal support. By Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 325 words.


BOEING PLANE-LAWSUIT: A new lawsuit says Boeing’s design of the 737 Max was faulty and the company was able to rush the plane into production because it faced little oversight from regulators. SENT: 130 words.


_MAHOMET AQUIFER-GAS LEAK: A second lawsuit has been filed against a gas supplier in connection with a 2016 gas leak in central Illinois that contained private wells.

—EL CHAPO-ZAMBADA: Prosecutors in Chicago are asking a judge for leniency at sentencing for a former lieutenant to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, describing his cooperation with U.S. authorities as “extraordinary.”

—TEACHER CHARGED: A man who quit his job last year as a suburban Chicago high school gym teacher amid accusations that he inappropriately touched a female student has been charged with criminal sexual assault after allegedly impregnating another student twice.

—WORKER SIGN-DEATH: Authorities say an Illinois man who died while working on a sign at a restaurant in northwestern Indiana was accidentally pinned and crushed.

—FULTON SHEEN-REMAINS: Officials of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria say their counterparts in the Archdiocese of New York are trying to halt the transfer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s remains to Illinois.

—BRADLEY UNIVERSITY-PRESIDENT: Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois has announced President Gary Roberts will retire next year.

—CHICAGO ZOO-BABY RHINO: Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo says an eastern black rhinoceros named Kapuki has given birth to a calf. AP Photos.

—CANAL CLEANUP-INDIANA: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a $26 million cleanup will begin this month of contamination on the Lake George Canal in northwestern Indiana.

—SEALT BELT ENFORCEMENT: It’s “border to border” seat-belt enforcement for Illinois police agencies through Memorial Day.

—HONORING CROSSING GUARDS: Gov. J.B. Pritzker has proclaimed Tuesday is Crossing Guard Appreciation Day in Illinois.

—NRG-STREAM ENERGY: NRG Energy plans to buy the retail electric and natural gas business of Dallas-based Stream Energy for $300 million.



CHICAGO _ The Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs continue a four-game series between the NL East and Central leaders Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Zach Eflin starts for Philadelphia _ a 5-4 winner in 10 innings Monday _ and Jose Quintana pitches for Chicago. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:05 p.m. CT.


HOUSTON _ Houston’s Justin Verlander looks for his fourth-straight win and to help the Astros to their 12th victory in 13 games on Tuesday as they continue a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox. Dylan Covey will start for the White Sox, who have dropped two in a row. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CT.


OMAHA, Neb. _ Indiana enters the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 1 seed, the national leader in home runs and the top scoring team in the conference. Its toughest opponent might be TD Ameritrade Park. The ballpark is one of the most cavernous in the country, and the dearth of homers the first few years the College World Series was played in the stadium drew criticism. The ball has been carrying better since 2015, when the NCAA went to the flat-seam ball, but homers are still at a premium. By Eric Olson. SENT: 900 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ The rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will take a twist when they meet in London next month: They will play on artificial turf for the first time in more than 2,200 games over a century. Major League Baseball has access to Olympic Stadium for 21 days before the games. The league concluded there was not enough time to install real grass. The stadium will be the site of major league games in 2020 — a series between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals is the leading candidate. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 990 words, photo.


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