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

March 17, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



DETROIT _ A rabbi who packs a gun. A church installing security cameras. A police car protecting a mosque. Houses of worship have traditionally been places of refuge where strangers are welcome. But high-profile attacks in recent years on an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, a synagogue in Pittsburgh and now mosques in New Zealand have made many worshippers and their prayer leaders rethink how protected sanctuaries really are. By Mike Householder, Rebecca Santana and Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video. NOTE Illinois references.



CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois Healthcare is taking steps to expand access to trauma care in the southern part of the state where the lack of trauma centers can add stress, cost and risk for those needing immediate attention. SIH Memorial Hospital has applied to the Illinois Department of Public Health for Level II Trauma Center designation, The Southern Illinoisan reported. The designation is important because the hospital doesn’t have a trauma center and the closest are in St. Louis and Evansville, Indiana, said Dr. Eduardo Smith Singares, who joined Memorial Hospital as its trauma medical director in May last year. SENT: 335 words.


DECATUR, Ill. _ Although Decatur has more than 10,000 street lamps, there’s no set way to keep track of outages. That’s important because while the number of property and violent crimes declined in 2018 compared to previous years, lighting remains a key way to prevent crime and keep residents safe at night. Decatur Public Works Director Matt Newell said they primarily find out about outages by people calling in. He said lighting is a priority. By Jaylyn Cook. (Decatur) Herald and Review. SENT: 1,360 words.


CARTHAGE, Ill. _ An effort by a group of Hancock County women to participate in the Columbian Exhibition, better known as the Chicago World’s Fair, led to launching a Carthage institution still serving the public after 125 years. The Women’s Columbian Club, with an original goal to create an exhibit of women’s work for the world’s fair, changed its name to the Columbian Library Association on March 11, 1893, with a mission of founding a free public library in Carthage. By Deborah Gertz Husar. The Quincy Herald Whig. SENT: 600 words.

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DETROIT _ When the recordings of the basic track arrived in Detroit from Chicago, Paul Riser Sr. knew it was time to get to work. But the orchestral arranger also knew he had something special to work with. “It hit me the same way like everyone else in the world: The lyrics are so simple, the melody is so clear, the chord pattern is wonderful,” said Riser, a Motown Records alum who wrote the orchestra parts and directed the strings and woodwind musicians for “I Believe I Can Fly.” ″That song came from his heart: That’s the other side of R. Kelly.“The dilemma of separating the sides of Kelly, who faces 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse , now confronts Riser and millions of others who listen to or perform the singer’s music. It’s perhaps most acute when it comes to the Grammy-winning ballad that’s made its way into movies such as “Space Jam,” and been performed in countless reality shows, church services, as well as school concerts and graduation ceremonies. Children are even singing it bilingually. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 975 words, photos.


NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-MORTON GROVE VIGIL: Hundreds gathered in suburban Chicago to show solidarity with area Muslims and take a stand against hate in the wake of mosque attacks in New Zealand.

STATE TROOPER-FATAL SHOOTING: An Illinois State Police trooper is recovering after being wounded during a shootout with a suspected carjacker who was fatally shot.

PEORIA-WINERY OPPOSED: A zoning board has rejected plans by a central Illinois winery to expand.

SIU-STUDENT SUMMIT: The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University is turning to students to envision the future and reshape Illinois.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The Chicago Bulls are in Sacramento to take on the Kings. The Bulls have the fourth-worst record in the NBA with 12 games left on their schedule. Game time: 5 p.m.


CHICAGO _ Rivals meet as No. 6 Michigan State and No. 10 Michigan face off in the Big Ten Tournament final. The Spartans have five championships _ more than any other program. Michigan hopes to become the first to win it three years in a row. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 2:30 p.m.


BBN--ROCKIES-CUBS: Colorado vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 2:05 p.m.

BBO--WHITE SOX-DIAMONDBACKS: Chicago White Sox vs. Arizona (ss) at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.