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

May 25, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORY:

ILLINOIS-BIG ISSUES

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ The Illinois General Assembly enters the final week of its spring session with a host of unsettled issues, including an annual spending plan, decisions on marijuana legalization, a graduated income-tax plan, a multibillion-dollar state construction program, and more. And those are among the easier issues facing Springfield, where Democrats who control the General Assembly with extraordinary majorities this spring welcomed a Democratic governor. By Political Writer John O’Connor. UPCOMING: 700 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

ACCELERATE COLLEGE PROGRAM

ELGIN, Ill. _ Ten suburban Chicago high school students are the first in the area to simultaneously earn their high school diplomas and associate degrees. The students received their degrees from Elgin Community College this month. The scholars were part of Algonquin-based Community Unit School District 300′s Accelerate College program. The program permits eligible students to take a full year of college classes tuition-free at ECC while checking in at their high schools on a weekly basis. SENT: 350 words.

ANDY WARHOL EXHIBIT

SAN FRANCISCO _ A retrospective of Andy Warhol’s work on display in San Francisco captures his use of artwork to create public personas for his subjects the way people do now using social media. “Andy Warhol _ From A to B and Back Again” opened this week at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Organizers say the exhibit illustrates how Warhol embraced personal branding decades ago and foreshadowed the digital age. It next travels to the Art Institute of Chicago. By Katie Oyan. SENT: 600 words, photos. Moving in national services.

BALLAST WATER RESEARCH

SUPERIOR, Wis. _ The University of Wisconsin-Superior is running the only Great Lakes land-based facility that tests the success of technologies designed to prevent the spread of invasive species through ships’ ballast water. Matt TenEyck, the director of the university’s Lake Superior Research Institute, said the treatments that show promise in the lab on Montreal Pier in Superior are then tested in the harbor to see how they perform in Great Lakes water conditions. SENT: 300 words.

EXCHANGE-LINCOLN BOOK

GALESBURG, Ill. _ Spend a few hours with Dr. Fred Hord and you’ll learn we are defined by many forces. As the publication of “Knowing Him by Heart: African-American Makings of Abraham Lincoln” draws near, Hord took some time to talk about how he defines his own life. “One of my first memories, really, is being poor. Dirt poor,” Hord said recently as he sat in a small library inside the office of the Association for Black Culture Centers on the campus of Knox College. By Tom Loewy. The (Galesburg) Register-Mail. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-MUSIC THERAPY

DECATUR, Ill. _ Tracy D. Osborne, 58, has a fan base made up of people a bit older than him. Osborne’s shows are often in senior living facilities. He said he likes to perform for the crowds. Fortunately, they have similar taste. The musician plays his guitar to what he refers to as oldies, or music from the 1950s to the 1990s. “And even country and pop,” he said. “Also Christian or religious music.” Osborne has introduced his fans to original music as well. “They seem to like it,” he said. By Donnette Beckett. (Decatur) Herald and Review. SENT: 550 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ TROOPER KILLED-MEMORIAL: Efforts are underway in Springfield to name a highway overpass in honor of an Illinois trooper killed in a traffic crash.

_ GREAT LAKES-COLD TEMPERATURES: It’s certainly more chills than thrills in the Great Lakes as the summer season unofficially kicks off with the Memorial Day weekend.

_ ILLINOIS-TOURISM GRANTS: The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has awarded $1.8 million in grants to increase Prairie State tourism.

SPORTS:

BBN--REDS-CUBS

CHICAGO _ Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs continue their weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds. Yu Darvish starts for Chicago and Tyler Mahle pitches for Cincinnati. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 1:20 p.m. CDT.

BBA--WHITE SOX-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS _ The Minnesota Twins, sporting the best record in baseball, send Kyle Gibson to the mound for the middle game of the series against Chicago, with Manny Banuelos expected to come off the injured list and start for the White Sox. By Patrick Donnelly. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 1:10 p.m. CDT.

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