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

March 4, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO _ Video reporters who go into high-crime areas to interview street gangs and rappers are unnerved after a trailblazer in their new genre of news was killed in Chicago. Zack Stoner was killed in a drive-by shooting last year. The gangland reporters can invite the wrath of gangs that believe a report favored their rivals or become targets of young gang members hoping to gain higher status in the gang. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 1,170 words, photo, video.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ An Illinois lawmaker has proposed legislation that aims to provide a more comprehensive definition of consent for sex education classes in the state. The State Journal-Register reports that the bill defines consent as “a freely given agreement to sexual activity.” The bill directs schools to use the definition when discussing consent, since current state law doesn’t offer a specific definition. Advocates say the more detailed definition will help students better understand boundaries. SENT: 150 words. Will be updated.


—CHICAGO-MOST WANTED-TRIAL: A former Chicago police officer is to go to trial for federal drug and conspiracy charges more than 15 years after he fled and went on the run.

—GIRL KILLED-CHICAGO: Chicago police say a 2-year-old girl was killed when she was ejected from a vehicle that crashed after fleeing police.

—DATA BREACH-RUSH HEALTH: Rush System for Health says personal information from about 45,000 patients may have been compromised in a data breach.

—DECATUR MOTHER-MURDER CHARGES: Illinois lawmakers plan a hearing about the death of a 2-year-old Decatur girl who died from starvation and deprivation.

—DAVENPORT SHOOTING DEATH: An 18-year-old from Illinois is suspected of killing a woman near a Davenport shopping center.



ROSEMONT, Ill. _ The Big Ten Conference says Jim Delany will step down as commissioner when his contract expires June 30, 2020. The 71-year-old Delany has been commissioner since 1989 and has been one of the most influential figures in college athletics over the past three decades. The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors has started a search for Delany’s successor. SENT: 470 words, photos.


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