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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

May 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



The Mississippi River through parts of the Midwest is at its highest level in 26 years, but apart from a few blocks of downtown Davenport, Iowa, cities along the river have managed to stay largely dry. What have these riverside cities done in the past decades that have enabled them to protect homes and businesses from floodwater? By Margery Beck. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO _ After years of pressure to crack down on hate and bigotry, Facebook has banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and other extremists, saying they violated its ban on “dangerous individuals.” The company also removed right-wing personalities Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson and Laura Loomer, along with Jones’ site, Infowars, which often posts conspiracy theories. The latest bans apply to both Facebook’s main service and to Instagram and extend to fan pages and other related accounts. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 870 words, photo.


APEX, N.C. _ Like all parents with autistic children, Glenn and Rachel Cummings were desperate to find ways to help their daughter, Sobie, navigate her world. They thought they’d found a solution when they purchased a service dog named Okami. But after Okami attacked one of their pet dogs, they learned just how little oversight there is in the service dog industry. Federal disability law limits local training and certification requirements. As a result, experts say it’s a buyer beware market. By Allen G. Breed. SENT: 2,000 words, photos. An abridged version also has moved. Illinois editors note state interest.


—SINGER-CHILD PORN CHARGES, from CHICAGO: A former YouTube star with a large teenage following is scheduled to be sentenced in Chicago federal court for coercing six girls to send him sexually explicit videos. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. Developing from 2 p.m. CT hearing.

—BOY SLAIN-ILLINOIS-VISITATION, from CRYSTAL LAKE: A public visitation is planned for a 5-year-old Illinois boy whose parents are charged with murder in his death. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. Developing from 1 p.m. CT start of visitation.


—ILLINOIS CRASH: Police say five people have died after an SUV crashed into the back of a semitrailer along an interstate in southern Illinois.

—EX-CHIEF’S SON-FATAL BEATING: Three people accused in the beating death of the son of a former Chicago Fire Department chief have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

—VETERANS ART EXHIBIT: More than 50 veteran artists from across the country will be in Chicago for an art summit and the launch of new exhibits.

—EYE SURGEON-NEGLIGENCE LAWSUIT: A patient is suing a suburban Chicago ophthalmologist, saying the doctor operated on the wrong eye and then operated on the correct eye without proper anesthesia.



CHICAGO _ The Chicago Cubs and NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals open a three-game series Friday between surging rivals. The Cubs have won four in a row, while the Cardinals had won five straight prior to Thursday’s game against Washington. Kyle Hendricks starts for Chicago, with Jack Flaherty going for St. Louis. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:20 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO _ Chris Sale, eyeing his first win of the season, meets his former team as the Boston Red Sox continue a four-game series Friday against the Chicago White Sox. The seven-time all-star is 0-5 with a 6.30 ERA in six starts. Reynaldo Lopez, who struck out a career-high 14 against Detroit on Sunday, pitches for Chicago. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CT.


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