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

April 4, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up at 6 p.m. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CINCINNATI _ A young man’s claim to be an Illinois boy who disappeared under tragic circumstances eight years ago was disproved by DNA tests, the FBI said Thursday, dashing hopes that the baffling case had finally been solved. For a day and a half, a breakthrough seemed to be at hand when a young man found wandering the streets of Newport, Kentucky, on Wednesday identified himself as 14-year-old Timmothy Pitzen and claimed he had just escaped from two men who had held him captive for seven years. But DNA tests ruled out that possibility, the FBI said. By Dan Sewell and Don Babwin. SENT: 650 words, photos.




SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ A union lobbyist who worked just one day as a substitute teacher is entitled to a pension worth potentially tens of thousands of dollars annually, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an opinion reinforcing its position that retirement benefits promised to public workers can’t be “diminished or impaired.” The 4-3 decision affected just one member of the Teachers’ Retirement System but solidified the high’s court’s previous finding that public-pension benefits are guaranteed under the state constitution. It’s an opinion that has flummoxed lawmakers attempting to close a $134 billion shortfall in the cash-strapped state’s pension systems. By John O’Connor. SENT: 630 words.



CHICAGO _ A city of Chicago deadline loomed on Thursday for Jussie Smollett to pay more than $130,000 to reimburse the costs of investigating what city authorities say was a staged racist, anti-gay attack or risk getting slapped with a civil lawsuit. Thursday was seven days since Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s law chief sent the “Empire” actor a letter demanding the payment by money order or cashier’s check for $130,106 — plus 15 cents — but there was no indication Smollett has paid or intends to. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 550 words, photos.



CHICAGO _ A group of suburban Cook County police chiefs say they have no confidence in State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. The North Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police on Thursday cited the dismissal of charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett in their announcement. However, they also attacked Foxx for her office’s alleged failure to “hold offenders accountable.” Since taking office, Foxx has moved to deprioritize certain nonviolent crimes such as shoplifting, and halted prosecutions of people accused of driving on licenses. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


AURORA, Ill. _ A convicted killer who has settled in a Chicago suburb said he’s “willing to work hard to change my ways” and won’t be a threat to area residents, decades after he was accused of being part of a satanic cult that killed women in the 1980s. SENT: 380 words, photos.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. _ The decision to sell beer in general seating areas during University of Illinois football and basketball home games could net the school over $100,000 in the first year, school athletics officials said. UI officials announced Tuesday that beer can be purchased at several stands around Memorial Stadium starting this fall. Alcoholic beverages will continue to be sold in premium seating areas. Marty Kaufmann, IU’s senior associate athletic director, notes overhead costs will likely lower initial profits, the News-Gazette reported. SENT: 300 words.



NEW YORK _ After its journey through bankruptcy, Illinois-based Sears is getting ready to open its first batch of smaller stores focusing on appliances, mattresses and home services. The first three stores called Sears Home & Life will open on Memorial Day weekend and are a fraction of the size of the company’s traditional stores. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 440 words, photos.


_ FIRE-BROTHERS KILLED: A man who told police he was upset that a landlord didn’t return his security deposit has pleaded guilty to setting a fire that killed two boys in Illinois.

_ ILLINOIS SCHOOLS-ARCHERY TOURNAMENT: Nearly 1,000 archers from 36 schools have registered to compete this week in the Illinois State Tournament for the National Archery in the Schools Program.

_ EX-CONVICT ELECTED: A newspaper says an ex-convict was elected to a library board in suburban Chicago, despite an Illinois law that says felons aren’t eligible for a local office.

_ ILLINOIS WASTEWATER GRANTS: Four wastewater treatment plants in Illinois will receive more than $2 million for energy-saving projects.

_ AIR CONDITIONING-SCHOOLS: Science class isn’t going to become cooler in a Kankakee County school district after voters rejected a $10 million plan to upgrade three schools and add air conditioning.

_ PROSECTOR-CHANGING PARTIES: A southern Illinois prosecutor who won as a Democrat in 2016 says he’s changing political parties for the 2020 election.



ATLANTA _ Yu Darvish will try to bounce back from issuing a career-high seven walks in his first start of the season as the struggling Chicago Cubs try to avoid being swept by the Atlanta Braves in the final game of a three-game series on Thursday night. By Charles Odum. 6:20 p.m.


BBA--WHITE SOX MOVES: The Chicago White Sox have reinstated shortstop Tim Anderson from the paternity list and optioned right-hander Dylan Covey to Triple-A Charlotte.


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