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

March 30, 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. Caryn Rousseau 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

JUSSIE SMOLLETT-LAW ENFORCEMENT

CHICAGO _ The Chicago Police Department and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office insist their relationship is strong, even if they didn’t agree on the outcome in Jussie Smollett’s case. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the relationship is like a marriage and sometimes needs work, but both organizations are crime fighters. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx tells WGN that she spoke to the police chief about the decision to drop the case. She says their relationship is one of mutual respect. By Tammy Webber. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

With:

—JUSSIE SMOLLETT-PROSECUTOR, from CHICAGO: Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is open to an outside investigation into her office’s decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett, the prosecutor wrote in a newspaper editorial. SENT: 280 words, photo.

TROOPER KILLED

GREEN OAKS, Ill. _ An Illinois State Police trooper was killed early Saturday when a wrong-way driver struck his squad car, the third death of a state trooper this year and second in three days. The driver of the other vehicle also was killed, acting Illinois State Police director Brendan Kelly said. The driver wasn’t identified. State police say 36-year-old Trooper Gerald Ellis was driving home Saturday when he was hit at about 3:25 a.m. in Green Oaks. SENT: 190 words, photos.

FOOD STAMPS-ILLINOIS

CHICAGO _ The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois could lose more than $18 million in funding if it doesn’t speed up processing times on food stamp applications within the next month. The Chicago Tribune reports that the USDA, which runs the food stamp program, sent the Illinois Department of Human Services a letter saying that the agency has until April 21 to improve timeliness or develop an effective strategy to make it happen. Illinois is among the 10 worst states for timeliness rates. SENT: 370 words.

Moved Friday and available for weekend use:

CHICAGO MAYOR

CHICAGO _ The race to be Chicago’s next mayor pits a longtime political insider against a former prosecutor who’s never held public office, and it comes at a time when many voters are weary of the old machine-style politics for which Chicago has long been known. In some ways the contest between Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot reflects a movement happening nationally in the Democratic Party as typically younger, fresh faces with less political experience challenge the more established “old guard.” But Tuesday’s election also is uniquely Chicago. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

ILLINOIS EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-OLD GLORY’S STARS

DECATUR, Ill. _ The faded stars from a worn out, retired American flag may not have the glow they once had, but they still hold a patriotic sparkle. The 1-inch stars were once part of an American flag that became battered and frayed as it served its duty to honor the country over the years. The stars shine again in a new role: They are cut out and placed in a small baggie along with a short note explaining their importance. By Donnette Beckett. (Decatur) Herald and Review. SENT: 620 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-ROUTE 66 HISTORY

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ Route History, which opened to the public recently in a former Texaco gas station, highlights stories around the African-American experience on Route 66, Jim Crow laws and the Great Migration. The museum and visitors center also sheds light on local African-American history, including Eva Carroll Monroe’s role in founding the Lincoln Colored Home and the Ambidexter Institute, a briefly run industrial school in the 20th century patterned after Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee Institute. By Steven Spearie. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register. SENT: 910 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

—DUPAGE COUNTY-CANCER RISK: A new state report has found that women and girls living near a suburban Chicago plant had higher than expected rates of certain cancers associated with ethylene oxide exposure.

—ILLINOIS-VIETNAM VETERAN: Veterans of the Vietnam War were honored and thanked during a ceremony at Jesse Brown Veteran’s Health Care System in Chicago.

—FORMER UPS WORKER-SENTENCE: A former UPS worker who pleaded guilty to mail fraud for rerouting mail meant for the shipping company’s headquarters to his Chicago apartment was sentenced to a year in prison.

SPORTS:

BKC--NEBRASKA-HOIBERG

LINCOLN, Neb. _ A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Nebraska has finalized a deal to hire Fred Hoiberg as its coach. Hoiberg was fired in December by the Chicago Bulls. He takes over for Tim Miles. The 46-year-old Hoiberg has ties to Nebraska. He was born in Lincoln and his grandfather Jerry Bush was the Cornhuskers’ coach from 1954-63. By Eric Olson. SENT: 160 words. Will be updated.

BKN--RAPTORS-BULLS

CHICAGO _ The Chicago Bulls host the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

BBO--CUBS-RANGERS

ARLINGTON, Texas _ Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish, who started his MLB career in Texas after leaving Japan, pitches against the Rangers for the first time when Chicago visits on Saturday. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. CT.

BBA--WHITE SOX-ROYALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ The Chicago White Sox look for a win Saturday as they take on the Kansas City Royals in the second game of a three-game season-opening series. The White Sox lost the first game 5-3. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:15 p.m. CT.

HKN--BLACKHAWKS-KINGS

LOS ANGELES _ The Los Angeles Kings host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 9:30 p.m. CT.

Also:

—SOC--NY RED BULLS-CHICAGO FIRE

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