BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 6pm, IL
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 firstname.lastname@example.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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.
BALLISTICS RETESTING-NEW TRIAL
An Illinois man imprisoned for more than two decades for a murder conviction obtained with shoddy ballistic evidence is getting a chance to prove his innocence with a new trial that begins Thursday. Patrick Pursley, 52, spent the bulk of his time in prison representing himself, filing motions and trying to convince courts to retest the evidence using a more advanced system that links shell casings to guns. His efforts eventually made Illinois the only state in the country that allows retesting of ballistic evidence in appeals using technology that’s primarily used to put criminals behind bars, not exonerate them. By Ivan Moreno. SENT: 600 words, photo.
R. KELLY DOCUMENTARY
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — A lawyer representing a couple who appeared in a recent documentary detailing abuse allegations against R. Kelly said prosecutors in Georgia have reached out to him. Atlanta-based lawyer Gerald Griggs represents Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage, who have said repeatedly that Kelly has kept their daughter from contacting them and has brainwashed her. The Savages, who live in Stockbridge, just south of Atlanta, appeared in Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” series. SENT: 695 words, photos.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ A new Illinois legislative session got underway Wednesday with Democrats firmly in control but both parties pledging to turn the page on years of budget stalemates, government dysfunction and name-calling. Democrat Michael Madigan, already the longest-serving state House speaker in U.S. history, was easily elected to his 19th term. Other leaders _ Senate President John Cullerton and GOP leaders Rep. Jim Durkin and Sen. Bill Brady _ also were re-elected. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 350 words, photos.
_ XGR--ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE-THE LATEST
_ ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: A former Illinois state representative who resigned last year amid allegations that he posted online explicit photos of an ex-girlfriend has been indicted on 12 felony counts of disseminating private sexual images.
AROUND THE STATE:
R KELLY DOCUMENTARY
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. _ A lawyer representing a couple who appeared in a recent documentary detailing abuse allegations against R. Kelly said prosecutors in Georgia have reached out to him. Atlanta-based lawyer Gerald Griggs represents Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage, who have said repeatedly that the Chicago native has kept their daughter from contacting them and has brainwashed her. The Savages, who live in Stockbridge, just south of Atlanta, appeared in Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” series. SENT: 695 words, photos.
BALLISTICS RETESTING-NEW TRIAL
An Illinois man who spent more than two decades in prison for a murder conviction obtained with shoddy ballistics evidence is getting a chance to prove his innocence with a new trial. The retrial of Patrick Pursley in the April 1993 killing of 22-year-old Andy Ascher is set to begin Thursday in Rockford, where Ascher was fatally shot during a robbery while sitting in a car with his girlfriend. Pursley, 53, was convicted in Ascher’s death in 1994 based mostly on ballistics analysis that was once thought to infallible but is now considered antiquated. By Ivan Moreno. SENT: 575 words, photo.
CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating an incident in which a white manager of a downtown restaurant threw a plastic chair at a black teenager inside the business. The department issued a news release on Wednesday after media reports about the Jan. 2 incident at Poke Poke restaurant. SENT: 130 words.
_ CHILD SHOT-ILLINOIS: Authorities say a 1-year-old girl was shot in the arm while walking to a store with her father in southern Illinois.
_ BOEING-AIRBUS-PLANES: Boeing is keeping its title as the world’s leading maker of airliners, a nose ahead of Airbus. Europe-based Airbus, which assembles some planes in the U.S., said Wednesday it delivered 800 commercial aircraft in 2018. That’s six less than Boeing’s record year, announced earlier this week.
_ OPIOID DEATHS-CORONER’S BUDGET: The coroner in a suburban Chicago county says rising opioid-related deaths has caused a budget overrun.
_ BURLINGTON SLAYING: A March trial has been scheduled for an Illinois resident accused of killing a man in southeast Iowa.
_ 2017 SLAYING ARREST: Authorities say suspect in the New Year’s Eve 2017 shooting death of a woman in Texas has been captured in northwestern Indiana.
_ VETERANS HOME-LEGIONNAIRES: The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs says it’s taking action after a case of Legionnaires’ disease was confirmed at a home for veterans.
CHICAGO _ Kelvin Herrera helped the Kansas City Royals build to a World Series championship. He sees similar potential with the Chicago White Sox. The two-time All-Star reliever and the White Sox finalized an $18 million, two-year contract on Tuesday. Herrera will earn $8.5 million in each of the next two years as part of the deal, and the White Sox have a $10 million option for 2021 with a $1 million buyout. The option would become guaranteed it he appears at least in 110 games as a pitcher during the next two seasons, including at least 55 in 2020, and he passes a physical at the end of the 2020 season. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 345 words.
PORTLAND _ The Chicago Bulls visit the Portland Trail Blazers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
CHICAGO _ Iowa plays Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merits.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos general manager John Elway has decided on Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as his new head coach, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced the hiring. SENT: 700 words, photos.
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