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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

April 8, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TODAY:

ILLINOIS FIRE-FIVE DEAD

GOODFIELD, Ill. _ Authorities say three young children and two adults died in a central Illinois mobile home fire that neighbors called an “inferno.” The Woodford County coroner identified the victims of Saturday’s blaze as 1-year-old Ariel Wall, 2-year-olds Rose Alwood and Damien Wall, 34-year-old Jason Wall and 69-year-old Kathryn Murray. Two other people were treated at a hospital. Coroner Tim Ruestman says all seven people were related. The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. Photos pursuing.

TECHNOLOGY CONTRACTS-COMPTROLLER REVIEW

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza has suspended $5.7 million in payments on an online state-employee health insurance program, a project so botched it also prompted her to require performance reports for all large state technology contracts. Mendoza told The Associated Press she will review the contract with Georgia-based Morneau Shepell and will require state agencies to complete annual reports on the progress of their information technology deals exceeding $5 million. By John O’Connor. An AP News Break. SENT: 640 words.

SPORTS:

BBN--PIRATES-CUBS

CHICAGO _ Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs face Jameson Taillon and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first game of the season at Wrigley Field. Chicago returns home Monday after a disappointing nine-game trip, and Pittsburgh is looking to continue its run of solid starting pitching. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 1:10 p.m. CT.

BBA--RAYS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO _ The Tampa Bay Rays, off to a solid start, open a three-game series against Yoan and the Chicago White Sox on Monday. Carlos Rodon pitches for Chicago. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m. CT.

HKN--BLACKHAWKS WRAPUP

CHICAGO _ The Chicago Blackhawks missed out on the playoffs for the second straight year, doomed by an awful start and one of the NHL’s worst defenses. For a franchise that won three Stanley Cups during an impressive nine-year run that ended in 2017, it seems like a much longer absence from the postseason. But there is reason for optimism after the team finished strong under new coach Jeremy Colliton. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 770 words, photos.

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