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

May 27, 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. Sara Burnett 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ A massive expansion of casino gambling in Illinois, a years-long but futile legislative pursuit, was back with a boost Monday as a Democratic lawmaker took steps to make it part of a popular plan to legalize sports betting. Rep. Robert Rita’s measure would allow construction of six additional casinos and added gambling seats at existing sites. Tacking it onto the sports wagering measure would neutralize the web of criticism which has hamstrung the expansion plan previously, Rita said. By Political Writer John O’Connor. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 Words. With AP Photos.


ILLINOIS-ABORTION: House Democrats in Illinois have advanced a measure to replace the state’s abortion law with less restrictive language that gives people “a fundamental right” to make decisions about their reproductive health. SENT: 130 words.



CHICAGO — Tens of thousands of Illinois residents whose gun licenses have been revoked could still be in possession of firearms, according to an analysis of state records by the Chicago Tribune. The failure of the system was underscored in February when a man killed five former colleagues and wounded five police officers in Aurora, Illinois, using a gun he kept despite the revocation of his Firearm Owner’s Identification card in 2014. SENT: 400 words, photo.


MOSBY, Mo. — The residents of this small riverside town have become accustomed to watching floods swamp their streets, transform their homes into islands and ruin their floors and furniture. Elmer Sullivan has replaced his couch, bed and television. He’s torn up water-buckled floorboards. And he put a picket fence against the front of his house to cover up a gap left when waters washed out part of the stone foundation. Finally fed up, Sullivan and nearly half of the homeowners in Mosby signed up in 2016 for a program in which the government would buy and then demolish their properties rather than paying to rebuild them over and over. They’re still waiting for offers, joining thousands of others across the country in a slow-moving line to escape from flood-prone homes. SENT: 1400 words, photos.



CHICAGO _ Decades later, the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 moments after it took off from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport remains the deadliest aviation accident in U.S. history. The DC-10 was destined for Los Angeles when it lost one of its engines on May 25, 1979, killing 273 people, including all 271 people onboard and two others on the ground. The AP is republishing its original report to mark the 40th anniversary of the disaster. By Marc Wilson. UPCOMING: 1,320 words, photos.



WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Air New Zealand announced Monday that it has ordered eight new Boeing Dreamliner planes with a list price of $2.7 billion. The nation’s flagship carrier said it negotiated a substantial discount on the price it will pay for the 787-10 planes, which is typical for such purchases. It said the new planes will replace its fleet of eight Boeing 777-200s, and it will take delivery of the new planes over a period of five years beginning in 2022. Air New Zealand said it will use engines made by Boston-based GE for the new planes after using British Rolls-Royce engines for previous purchases of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. SENT: 250 words.


_ POLICE SHOOTING: Authorities say a suburban Chicago officer fatally shot a person who fired at police during a hostage situation at a home that was on fire.

_ WRIGHT HOUSE-VISITOR CENTER: A $250,000 state grant will help pay for a visitors’ center at Rockford’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Laurent House , which opened as a museum four years ago.

_ CHICAGO POLICE-ACCIDENT: An 84-year-old woman has died after being injured in a Chicago crash that involved multiple vehicles and also hurt 10 police officers.



CHICAGO _ The Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals open a three-game series between struggling teams. Ivan Nová _ 0-2 with 20 earned runs in 11 innings at home _ starts for Chicago, with Homer Bailey getting the ball for Kansas City. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET.


HOUSTON _ Chicago plays Houston at Minute Maid Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


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