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

January 30, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



Winter’s sharpest bite in years moved past painful into life-threatening territory Tuesday, prompting officials throughout the Midwest to take extraordinary measures to protect the homeless and other vulnerable people from the bitter cold, including turning some city buses into mobile warming shelters in Chicago. Temperatures plunged as low as minus 26 (negative 32 degrees Celsius) in North Dakota with wind chills as low as minus 62 (negative 52 degrees Celsius) in Minnesota. It was nearly that cold in Wisconsin and Illinois. Governors in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan declared emergencies as the worst of the cold threatened on Wednesday. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 700 words, photos, videos.


_WINTER WEATHER-ILLINOIS HOUSE: Predicted severe weather conditions have forced the Illinois House to cancel sessions the rest of the week.

—WINTER WEATHER-ILLINOIS: Gov. J.B. Pritzker has issued a disaster proclamation ahead of forecast double-digit subzero temperatures in Illinois, calling the weather “potentially historic.” Photos.

—WINTER WEATHER-CHICAGO: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the double-digit subzero temperatures forecast for the city are life threatening and “not to be taken lightly.” Photos.

—SNOW PLOW-FATALITY: A snow plow struck and killed a man in the Chicago suburb of Libertyville.

—WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST: The Latest on a major snowstorm and frigid weather in the Midwest. Will be updated as developments occur. Photos. Videos.



CHICAGO _ A published newspaper report citing a lengthy federal court affidavit says the FBI secretly recorded Illinois’ powerful House speaker in 2014 discussing a hotel development project and chances the Chinese developer could become a client of speaker’s private law firm. Tuesday’s Chicago Sun-Times’ report regarding Michael Madigan, a formidable powerbroker in Illinois for over three decades, suggests a federal investigation may cast a wider net than first thought. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo.



CHICAGO _ A cast member on the hit television show “Empire” alleged he was physically attacked by men in Chicago who shouted racial and homophobic slurs, police said Tuesday. Police did not release the actor’s name but a statement from Fox, which airs “Empire,” identified him as Jussie Smollett, 36. Authorities said they are investigating the alleged attack as a hate crime. Smollett is black and openly gay. By Don Babwin. SENT: 400 words, photos.


—DAUGHTER’S DEATH-MOTHER INDICTED: A southern Illinois woman has been indicted in connection with her daughter’s death and is accused of trying to hide the 14-year-old’s diabetes diagnosis.

—STEALING OWN CAR-SETTLEMENT: The City Council in Evanston has approved a $1.25 million settlement with a black man who sued after police tackled him and arrested him for stealing a car that was his own.

—LIGHTING PLANT CLOSURE: Illinois-based A.L.P. Lighting Components is closing a 68-worker factory in northwest Mississippi, after it sold the business to another company.

—SHRINE VANDALIZED: Police are seeking the public’s help in finding vandals who caused $80,000 in damage to a religious shrine in northwestern Indiana.

—STATE FAIRGROUNDS: The Illinois State Fairgrounds Coliseum has a new name and is expected to reopen for this year’s fair after being closed for repairs and renovations.

—UIC-HISPANIC HEALTH STUDY: The University of Illinois at Chicago is getting $12 million from the National Institute of Health to continue taking part in a national study of health issues facing Hispanics.

—AIR NATIONAL GUARD-LEADER: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s choice for assistant adjutant general for the Illinois Air National Guard has been promoted to brigadier general.

—LINCOLN ARTIFACTS: The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is launching a new educational program designed tell the history of the nation’s 16th president.



COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. _ Though clearly struck by the moment, Harold Baines kept his emotions in check just as he always has — even on a day he’ll never forget. “I hold it inside. It’ll come out,” Baines said Tuesday, sitting just a few feet from where his bronze plaque will hang in the Baseball Hall of Fame come late July. Baines, who played for the Chicago White Sox, and Chicago Cubs reliever Lee Smith were selected for enshrinement in the Hall of Fame at the baseball winter meetings in Las Vegas in December by a 16-member veterans committee. By John Kekis. SENT: 690 words, photos.


BROOKLYN, N.Y. _ The Chicago Bulls look for a win Tuesday when they travel to New York to play the Brooklyn Nets. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. CT.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ The Northwestern Wildcats take on the Maryland Terrapins in Big Ten basketball action Tuesday. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 6 p.m. CT.


DEKALB, Ill. _ Northern Illinois hosts Ohio on Tuesday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 5 p.m. CT.


FBN--BEARS-DELEONE: The Chicago Bears have hired Mark DeLeone as inside linebackers coach.


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