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

May 14, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. _ A staff writer for Illinois’ capital-city newspaper says its editor has resigned to spare more layoffs. Angie Muhs (MYOOZ’) resigned from The State Journal-Register on Friday. Longtime health writer and union steward Dean Olsen says Muhs told him that part of her reason was to save parent company GateHouse Media money so there wouldn’t be more staff cuts. Muhs did what editors in Massachusetts and Texas have done in recent years as tough times hit the newspaper industry. By John O’Connor. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.




SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has joined with state lawmakers in promoting legislation that would increase penalties for drivers who don’t slow or change lanes to avoid vehicles on the side of the road. The proposed legislation to strengthen Scott’s Law is a reaction to the deaths of two Illinois State Police troopers this year as they performed their duties. The proposal, filed Tuesday, would increase the minimum fine for a first violation of the move-over law to $250 from $100. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.



CHICAGO _ Trial has begun for a man accused of fatally shooting an off-duty Chicago police officer during a 2010 attempted robbery. Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Keating said during opening statements Tuesday that Anton Carter tried to steal Officer Michael Bailey’s new car. Keating says Carter’s actions sparked a shootout in which the 62-year-old Bailey was shot three times. Keating alleges that after the shooting, the 32-year-old Carter bragged about what he did. SENT: 350 words, photo.



WASHINGTON _ For many Americans, President Donald Trump’s trade war may soon get very real. His administration is preparing to extend 25% tariffs to practically all Chinese imports not already hit with duties, including toys, sneakers, shirts, alarm clocks, toasters and coffeemakers. That’s roughly $300 billion worth of products on top of the $250 billion targeted earlier. “The administration’s decision to announce a tax on every product coming from China puts America’s entire economy at risk,” the Retail Industry Leaders Association said in a statement. “Americans’ entire shopping cart will get more expensive.” By Paul Wiseman and Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 795 words, photos. NOTE mention of Illinois business.



CHINA TARFFS-FARMERS, from BISMARCK, N.D.: When President Donald Trump began talking about tariffs in 2017, Upper Midwest soybean farmer Jamie Beyer suspected that her crop could become a weapon. Two years later, she and her family are watching the commodity markets on an hourly basis as an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China creates turmoil in rural America. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 890 words, photos.


_ HOTELS-COMPETITION: Expedia and major hotel companies were already facing two federal lawsuits, including one in Illinois, alleging that they conspired to stifle competition. Now they’re also being investigated by Utah’s attorney general.


_ CHICAGO ZOO-BABY GORILLA: Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo is celebrating the Mother’s Day birth of a newborn western lowland gorilla.

—CAMPTON HILLS DEATH-CHARGES: The defense attorney for a suburban Chicago man says he mistook his mother for an intruder when he fatally struck her with a baseball bat. Photo.

—CHILD KILLED-PEORIA SHOOTING: Authorities in Peoria say a 4-year-old boy was killed and a 23-year-old man was injured in a shooting. Photo.

—CHICAGO POLICE-SEXUAL ABUSE: A former Chicago police officer accused in 2016 of groping and forcibly kissing a woman while on duty has pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge.

—TRANSGENDER PRISONER: A transgender prisoner is suing Illinois’ Department of Corrections, accusing it of doing too little to protect her from abuse. She is requesting to be transferred to a women’s prison.

—CHICAGO OFFICER KILLED-TRIAL: Jury selection is underway in the trial of a man charged in the 2010 killing of an off-duty Chicago police officer during an attempted robbery.

—LEWIS AND CLARK TRAIL: A historic site in southern Indiana is now part of a new 1,200-mile expansion of the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail.

—LINCOLN’S NEW SALEM-CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION: The central Illinois settlement where Abraham Lincoln came of age and began his public life is celebrating its centennial as a state park.



CHICAGO _ Jordan Luplow and the Cleveland Indians’ anemic offense once again found the tonic they needed in Manny Banuelos and the Chicago White Sox. Luplow hit two of Cleveland’s five homers, Carlos Carrasco cruised through seven innings and the Indians pounded the White Sox 9-0 on Tuesday. Roberto Perez, Jake Bauers and Jose Ramirez also went deep as the light-hitting Indians muscled up against Banuelos and Josh Osich to end Chicago’s three-game winning streak. By Matt Carlson. SENT: 800 words, photos.


BBA--INDIANS-MERCADO: Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo is celebrating the Mother’s Day birth of a newborn western lowland gorilla.


CINCINNATI _ The Chicago Cubs start a three-game series Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Cubs had Monday off after winning a pair against the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5:40 p.m. CT.


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