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

May 17, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ A mother plotted for months to acquire a newborn before she and her daughter strangled a pregnant Chicago woman and cut her baby from her womb using a butcher’s knife, prosecutors said Friday as they revealed gruesome new details about the case. Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, was lured to the home where Clarisa Figueroa lived with her daughter, Desiree, by Facebook postings offering free baby clothes. When she arrived, the daughter showed her a photo album of her late brother to distract her as her mother started trying to strangle her with a chord, prosecutor Jim Murphy said. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 970 words, photos.






SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ Gov. J.B. Pritzker has compiled a $41.5 billion state capital-construction plan to rebuild and maintain roads, schools and affordable housing, make environmental improvements and more. The Democrat briefed key lawmakers Friday. He intended that only legislators see what spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh called a “preliminary draft.” But news organizations including The Associated Press obtained copies of it. Abudayyeh says the working document will guide ongoing discussion. By John O’Connor. SENT: 625 words, photos.



Illinois-based Deere & Co. cut its profit and sales expectations for the year as a trade war between the U.S. and China escalates and farmers try to recover from a planting season besieged by heavy rains. Prices of soybeans targeted by Chinese tariffs last year fell to a 10-year low this week as the countries traded jabs. “Ongoing concerns about export-market access, near-term demand for commodities such as soybeans, and a delayed planting season in much of North America are causing farmers to become much more cautious about making major purchases,” Deere Chairman and CEO Samuel Allen said. By Michelle Chapman. SENT: 510 words.



UNITED AIRINES-LAYOFFS: United Airlines says it will cut about 100 accounting jobs in Houston in July and shift the work to a contractor.


_ TAINTED OFFICERS-CONVICTIONS: Eight men who claim they were framed with bogus drug cases by a disgraced former Chicago police sergeant have filed federal lawsuits against the city and its police department.

_ CHURCH PROPERTY-DEMOLITION: A judge has stepped in and suspended efforts to demolish a 90-year-old building and vacant convent that belong to the Catholic Church in Rockford.

_ JUSSIE SMOLLETT: A judge has rejected a request to have a judge outside Chicago consider whether to appoint a special prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett case.

_ PROSTITUTION STING: A lawyer who serves as a part-time public defender in a central Illinois county says he plans to keep the job despite misdemeanor charges related to a prostitution investigation.

_ TEEN-POND: Police say a body found in a Decatur park has been identified as a 16-year-old boy missing since last weekend.

_ FATAL CRASH-CHIEF: crash has killed the police chief in a small Illinois town.

_ KOREAN WAR MIA-FUNERAL: A soldier who was killed during the Korean War has been returned to Illinois and will be buried next to his twin, who was killed during the same battle.

_ STRANGULATION DEATHS-COMPETENCY: A man accused of fatally strangling an elderly woman and her daughter in northwestern Indiana has been ordered to get another mental health evaluation.

_ ASH TREES TO LIBRARIES: Ash trees that once shaded Savoy, Illinois, are being turned into “little free libraries.”

_ MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION-ILLINOIS: Activists rallied outside the Illinois Capitol to demand a revenue stream from marijuana sales to communities affected by violence spurred by illegal drug activity.

_ CHURCH PROPERTY-DEMOLITION: Opponents file a lawsuit to try to stop the demolition of historic Rockford buildings owned by the Catholic Diocese.



WASHINGTON _ Max Scherzer and Cole Hamels take to the mound for what shapes up as a strong pitching matchup as the struggling Washington Nationals open a three-game series against the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs. Starts at 7:05 p.m. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ Aaron Sanchez tries to get back to winning after dropping three straight starts as the Toronto Blue Jays meet Ivan Nova and the Chicago White Sox. Nova is coming off back-to-back losses. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

_ NBA-WILLIAMS: Grant Williams, the two-time Southeastern Conference player of the year, says he’s staying in the NBA draft rather than returning for his senior season at Tennessee.


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