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

April 11, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

MISSING CHILD INVESTIGATION

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Records show that a man charged with lying to federal agents about being a missing child from Illinois was also accused of making up stories while in prison. Ohio prison disciplinary reports say 23-year-old Brian Rini concocted a story about an attack by other inmates and threatened to make a false rape claim against a guard. The reports obtained by The Associated Press also show Rini lied about being short of toilet paper and falsely accused an inmate of tampering with his food. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 660 words, photos.

CHICAGO GANGS-DATABASE

CHICAGO _ A newly released report from Chicago’s inspector general criticizes how the city manages a police database of purported gang members, saying it’s rife with inaccuracies and provides no good way for someone to challenge their inclusion in it. Thursday’s report urges a reevaluation of the database’s usefulness compared to the resentment it can engender and calls for the creation of a clear appeals process for getting names purged from it. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

EX-CONVICT ELECTED

PARK FOREST, Ill. _ Officials are taking steps to stop a felon from taking his seat on a suburban Chicago library board after voters elected him to the position. Marcus Hampton ran unchallenged earlier this month for a six-year term on the Park Forest Library Board. Illinois law says felons can run for public office but are barred from holding a seat. The Daily Southtown reports that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office says the library board wants a lawsuit to be filed to prevent Hampton from taking office. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

TREE FARM SCUTTLED

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. _ A project to revitalize the site of a former school in southern Michigan by growing a tree farm has been abandoned. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that Greenprint Partners recently returned the vacant two acres in Battle Creek to the city and school district. The Chicago-based environmental company planted roughly 1,000 trees on the former Wilson Academy land before ending the project. Greenprint’s tree farms in other cities have been transitioned into forests to absorb excess stormwater. SENT: 290 words, photos.

BUSINESS:

CHINA-BOEING

BEIJING _ One of China’s three major state-owned airlines says it has joined carriers that are asking Chicago-based Boeing Co. for compensation after suspended use of its 737 Max jetliner following two fatal crashes. Chinese media cited executives of China Eastern Airlines Ltd. as saying at a news conference the carrier has “lodged claims” with Boeing. Airlines worldwide suspended use of the 737 Max after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed a total of 346 people. SENT: 350 words.

IN BRIEF:

—CAPONE BUILDING: A red brick two-flat on Chicago’s South Side that once belonged to gangster Al Capone has been sold after being on the market for years. Photo.

—POLICE SHOOTING-ILLINOIS: Prosecutors have ruled that a Naperville police officer acted appropriately when he shot a man who pointed what police thought was a real gun at them but was really a pellet gun.

—ATTEMPTED ESCAPE-CHARGE: A Springfield man faces charges accusing him of trying to escape from jail by pretending to be a different inmate.

—US ATTORNEY-TAX FRAUD: Federal authorities have a message for taxpayers as April 15 approaches: Tax fraud can land you in prison.

—TRAUMA CARE DONATION: University of Chicago Medicine has announced that a $9 million donation toward expanding trauma care to help children and their families recover by going beyond just medical treatment to include things like psychiatric counseling.

SPORTS:

BKN--BULLS WRAPUP

CHICAGO _ The Chicago Bulls produced one of the worst records in franchise history in the second season of their rebuild. That’s certainly not the way they envisioned it. Now that it’s over, executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson discusses where they go from here. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Developing from 2 p.m. CT news conference.

With:

—BKN--BULLS-MARKKANEN: Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen has been cleared to resume full basketball activities after missing the final two weeks of the season because of a heart problem. SENT: 140 words.

BBN--PIRATES-CUBS

CHICAGO _ The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up their series Thursday evening after splitting the first two games. Jose Quintana looks to bounce back for Chicago after getting roughed up by Milwaukee, while Pittsburgh’s Joe Musgrove hopes to build on a dominant start against Cincinnati. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. CT.

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