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

February 4, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CARBONDALE, Ill. _ Illinois health officials are requesting about $5 million more from the state to implement new rules aimed at identifying and caring for children under 6 years with lead poisoning. The Southern Illinoisan reports that the Illinois Department of Health received about $10 million this fiscal year to send nurses and inspectors into the homes of children who tested positive for lead poisoning. Experts say lead can cause behavioral problems, developmental delays and other health issues. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. UPCOMING: 250 words.


CEDARVILLE, Ill. _ A northern Illinois man faces murder charges in the fatal shootings of two men at a Cedarville bar. Stephenson County sheriff’s officials say Devin Marcum of Freeport shot three men at the Cedar Inn Bar about 1:45 a.m. Sunday. Two men died. A third man was wounded. Marcum is held on $600,000 bail and charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 200 words.


—BUSIEST AIRPORTS: O’Hare International Airport in Chicago was the busiest airport in the U.S. last year, surpassing Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for the first time in four years.

—CATHOLIC BISHOPS-LEGALIZING MARIJUANA: Illinois’ Roman Catholic bishops have taken a stand against legalizing recreational use of marijuana.

—WINTER WEATHER: Families staying at a Ronald McDonald House in Chicago have been forced to move after a pipe burst caused significant flood damage following frigidly cold weather last week.

—JANUARY WEATHER-ILLINOIS: State of Illinois weather experts say January started with above-normal temperatures but ended with temperatures 5 to 21 degrees below normal.

—WAFFLE HOUSE SHOOTING: The man accused of killing four people in a mass shooting at a Waffle House in Nashville last year now faces a 17-count indictment.

—U OF ILLINOIS-RECRUITING PROFESSORS: A new program designed to recruit world-class professors to the University of Illinois has brought seven more scholars to the Champaign-Urbana campus.

—GIRLFRIEND STRANGLED-CHICAGO: A Cook County judge has denied bail for an architect who is facing murder charges in his live-in girlfriend’s strangling death.

—ILLINOIS-TOBACCO USE: A new study by the American Lung Association says Illinois is not doing enough to reduce tobacco use.

—WINTER WEATHER-ELECTRIC TRAINS: Electric-powered commuter trains in the Chicago area are getting back to normal operations after Arctic cold forced two major lines to shut down.



EVANSTON, Ill. _ Northwestern looks to stop a two-game losing streak and keep Penn State winless in Big Ten play Monday. The Nittany Lions have lost eight straight games and are 0-10 in the conference. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. _ No. 10 Maryland looks to go to 20-2 when it meets Illinois. The Terrapins have won four in a row since a loss to Michigan State. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. CT.


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