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

January 29, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

WINTER WEATHER

MILWAUKEE _ Heavy snow and gusting winds have created blizzard-like conditions across parts of the Midwest. The weather prompted officials Monday to close hundreds of schools, courthouses and businesses in Wisconsin, Minnesota and other states. But it’s the plunging temperatures expected later this week that have forecasters especially concerned. Wind chills could dip to negative 55 degrees in northern Illinois, which the National Weather Service calls “possibly life threatening.” By Ivan Moreno. SENT: 670 words, photos, video.

With:

—WINTER WEATHER-ILLINOIS: A winter storm brought more than 5 inches of snow to northern Illinois as the region braced itself for record-low subzero temperatures. SENT: 130 words.

—WINTER WEATHER-CHICAGO: The head of Chicago Public Schools says she won’t “hesitate to cancel classes” in the nation’s third-largest school district as subzero temperatures enter Illinois. SENT: 130 words.

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

AROUND THE STATE:

XGR--TOBACCO-AGE

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ Illinois legislators are reviving bills that would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21. The State Journal-Register reports that Democratic Sens. Julie Morrison and Michael Hastings are sponsoring the Senate bill, while Democratic Reps. Camille Lilly and Sonya Harper are sponsoring the House bill. Former Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed earlier efforts to increase the legal age from 18, citing doubts about their effectiveness and concerns over the effect on businesses. SENT: 400 words.

BOOKS-CARNEGIE MEDALS

Rebecca Makkai’s novel “The Great Believers” and Kiese Laymon’s memoir “Heavy” are this year’s winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. The fiction and nonfiction winners were announced Sunday during the American Library Associaton’s annual winter meeting in Seattle. Makkai and Laymon each will receive $5,000. By Hillel Italie. SENT: 500 words.

TRUMP LAWYER-INVESTIGATION

NEW YORK _ Former Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is shaking up his defense team ahead of his highly anticipated congressional testimony next month. Cohen’s legal team announced Monday that two attorneys from Chicago will represent Cohen as he continues to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller. Joining Cohen’s legal team are former federal prosecutor Michael Monico and his partner Barry Spevack. SENT: 710 words. Will be updated.

BUSINESS:

CATERPILLAR-RESULTS

DEERFIELD, Ill. _ Caterpillar returned to profitability in the fourth quarter, but the company said that sales have begun to slow in China and earnings fell well short of expectations. Shares tumbled 10 percent at the opening bell Monday, the worst sell-off in more than seven years, and dragged on the Dow, which slid 350 points. It’s a meager start to an active week for corporate earnings, including other industrial companies that have put a lot of stake in China, the world’s second-largest economy. SENT: 620 words, photo.

Also:

—MIDWEST BANK MERGER: Chemical Financial Corp. plans to acquire TCF Financial Corp. in an all-stock deal worth $3.6 billion that will create a Detroit-based bank with $45 billion in assets. SENT: 130 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_AURORA-GUILTY VERDICT: A suburban Chicago man was sentenced to 27 years in prison after pleading guilty for a fatal 2015 shooting outside a party.

_DAY CARE-INTOXICATED WORKER: A central Illinois woman has been charged with endangering the life and health of a child for allegedly being intoxicated while working at a day care.

—CHICAGO OFFICER KILLED-TRIAL: Jailhouse informants may play a crucial role in the murder trial of a 31-year-old man who was charged in the shooting death of an off-duty Chicago police officer.

—OFFICER SHOT-CHARGES: A man who allegedly opened fire on three Chicago police officers — striking one in his bullet-proof vest — has been charged with three counts of attempted murder.

—JET-ATTEMPTED THEFT-ARKANSAS: A 19-year-old Arkansas man has pleaded guilty to trying to steal a commercial plane so he could fly to Chicago to attend a rap concert.

—OVEREDOSE DEATHS-MADISON COUNTY: Madison County in southern Illinois set a record in 2018 with 109 drug-related deaths.

—TAX FILING SEASON-ILLINOIS: The Illinois Department of Revenue says the state’s tax filing season is underway.

—NIU ENROLLMENT: Northern Illinois University has a new enrollment plan that aims to have 18,000 students by fall 2023.

SPORTS:

BBN--BREWERS-YELICH’S ENCORE

MILWAUKEE _ After falling one game short of their first World Series appearance since 1982, there is plenty of pressure on the Milwaukee Brewers to build on that success and take another step forward in 2019. Nobody on the roster is likely to feel that pressure more than outfielder Christian Yelich, whose record-breaking performance down the stretch fueled Milwaukee’s postseason run and earned the National League’s Most Valuable Player award. SENT: 720 words, photo.

BBN--METS-WILSON

NEW YORK _ After finalizing a $10 million, two-year contract with the New York Mets, reliever Justin Wilson concluded that a number of teams would rather make money than win. He says their decisions not to pursue free agents damaged the market. Wilson is a 31-year-old left-hander who spend last season with the Chicago Cubs. He will get $5 million annually and also can earn performance bonuses. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 490 words, photo.

Also:

FBN--BEARS MOVES: The Chicago Bears said Monday they had signed kicker Redford Jones.

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