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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 1:30 pm, 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 Michael Tarm.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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.

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: 240 words, photos pursuing.

AROUND THE STATE:

IMMIGRANTS-DRIVER’S LICENSES

ALBION, N.Y. _ Immigrants living in the U.S. illegally have already gotten access to driver’s licenses in a dozen states. They and their advocates are now targeting roughly a half-dozen states where they see a friendlier political landscape this year. The issue especially resonates with rural workers who say driving is a necessity where they live. By Claudia Torrens and Michael Hill. SENT: 1,070 words, photos, video.

LEAD CONTAMINATION-EAST CHICAGO

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. _ The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to dig lead- and arsenic-tainted soil from around more than 160 homes in a northwestern Indiana city. The EPA intends to remove polluted soil from about 167 properties in East Chicago’s Calumet neighborhood, which is part of the U.S.S. Lead Superfund site. The Post-Tribune reports EPA officials said Saturday the cleanups would end this year if the properties targeted for remediation are completed and the EPA get access to 28 other properties. SENT: 150 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

—CHICAGO MAYOR-DEVELOPMENT: Mayor Rahm Emanuel has agreed at the request of Chicago’s incoming mayor to delay votes on tax packages worth about $2 billion for a pair of development projects.

—FATAL POLICE SHOOTING: Police in Bloomingdale have identified the man fatally shot by officers after they say he rushed at them brandishing a knife as 26-year-old Julius Glover of nearby Carol Stream.

—GREENLEAF FOODS-SHELBYVILLE: An Illinois company that makes vegetarian meat alternatives plans to build a $310 million production facility in central Indiana that will eventually employ 460 people.

—FATAL CRASH-OWI: Authorities have identified the three relatives killed and a fourth injured in a suspected drunken driving crash in Kenosha County.

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--PANTHERS-QUENNEVILLE

SUNRISE, Fla. _ The Florida Panthers have hired Joel Quenneville as their coach. Quenneville is second on the NHL’s all-time coaching wins list and won three Stanley Cups as coach of the Chicago Blackhawks. The hiring also reunites him with Panthers general manager Dale Tallon. He brought Quenneville to Chicago. Quenneville replaces Bob Boughner. Boughner was fired Sunday after two seasons. Tallon says, “Fate is a wonderful thing in my life.” By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 780 words, photo.

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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