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

March 20, 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, followed by Herbert McCann.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 cash-strapped R. Kelly has asked a Chicago judge to let him travel overseas for concerts in Dubai, saying he’s been unable to get work anywhere in the U.S. since his arrest on charges he sexually abused three minor girls and an adult woman. A Wednesday filings says the R&B star will perform up to five concerts in the Middle Eastern nation. The court document says Kelly also will meet members of Dubai’s royal family. A judge ordered Kelly to surrender his passport after his arrest last month. By AP Legal Affairs Writer Michael Tarm. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo.


ROCKFORD, Ill. _ An Illinois man has pleaded not guilty in a federal case accusing him of fatally shooting a sheriff’s deputy who was trying to serve an arrest warrant at a hotel. Floyd E. Brown of Springfield appeared in Rockford federal court Wednesday morning sitting in a wheelchair and wearing green jail scrubs. A grand jury Tuesday indicted him on murder and weapons charges. SENT: 220 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ Attorneys who have represented clergy abuse victims across the United States say they are releasing a report that lists the names of every Catholic priest and lay person in Illinois who has been publicly accused of sexual misconduct. On Wednesday, the attorneys say they will release a 185-page report that includes background information and work histories of 395 priests and lay people accused in the state’s six dioceses. By Don Babwin. UPCOMING: 350 words, more on merits. Developing from 1 p.m. CT news conference.



JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ Missouri regulators have reversed course and given the go-ahead to one of the nation’s largest renewable energy projects. The Grain Belt Express power line approved Wednesday would carry wind power from Kansas on a 780-mile path across Missouri and Illinois before hooking into a power grid in Indiana that serves eastern states. The Missouri Public Service Commission had rejected the project twice previously. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 580 words.


—EDWARDSVILLE-COUPLE KILLED: A 23-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of an Edwardsville couple.

—PRESCHOOL PUNISHMENT INVESTIGATED: Two teachers in Illinois are on paid leave as authorities investigate allegations that one forced preschool children to stand naked in a closet with the door open as punishment for misbehaving.

—CHICAGO AIRPORT EXPANSION: Ground has been broken on the first phase of a $1.2 billion expansion of a terminal at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

—ALEXANDER COUNTY-HOUSING: Demolition of two complexes run by the troubled Alexander County Housing Authority in southern Illinois will begin next month.

—CHICAGO POLICE-THWARTED ARREST: A suspected Chicago drug dealer avoided arrest after a group of people threatened to harm a police officer attempting the arrest.

—BRADBURY STATUE: An August dedication is planned for a statue of famed science fiction writer Ray Bradbury in his hometown of Waukegan.

—LOLLIPOP LAWSUIT: A federal judge is siding with the makers of Dum Dums lollipops in its lawsuit against a rival candy maker.



NEW YORK _ University of Illinois computer science professor Sheldon Jacobson has always loved data. For the past seven years he’s had a men’s NCAA Tournament bracket simulator. After getting many requests, professor Jacobson decided to put together one for the women’s tournament. It’s believed to be the first of its kind for the women’s tournament to predict all 63 games. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 690 words, photo.


DES MOINES, Iowa _ After three consecutive first-weekend exits, Michigan State looks to make an NCAA Tournament run starting Thursday against Bradley. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


The NCAA Tournament somehow seems to get better every season. Last year was one of the maddest of Marches. It started with Maryland-Baltimore County becoming the first No. 16 seed to beat a 1 seed, Virginia. And Loyola-Chicago took Sister Jean all the way to the Final Four. This year should be no different. By John Marshall. SENT: 640 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ The Chicago White Sox enter the season believing they still are setting themselves up for bigger things despite missing out on prized free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. The big reasons for that are the promising young players on the roster and in the pipeline. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ Lauri Markkanen and the Chicago Bulls host the Washington Wizards in a Wednesday matchup between struggling teams. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.


—FBN--TILLMAN-ROWING LAKE MICHIGAN: Former Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman says he has a fear of water, but it won’t stop him from building a boat and rowing across Lake Michigan for childhood cancer research.


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