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

April 4, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up at 1:30 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. Ed White is on the desk, followed by Herb 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

CINCINNATI _ Authorities conduct DNA tests to try to determine whether a teenager found wandering in Kentucky is who he claims to be: an Illinois boy who disappeared eight years ago around the time his mother took her own life. By Dan Sewell and Don Babwin. SENT: 540 words, photos. Developing.

_ With: MISSING CHILD INVESTIGATION-THE LATEST

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

TEACHER PENSIONS-RULING

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ The Illinois Supreme Court says a union lobbyist who took advantage of a law to qualify for a school pension can keep the money. The 4-3 ruling solidifies the court’s position that the Illinois Constitution protects public pensions. By John O’Connor. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

JUSSIE SMOLLETT

CHICAGO _ A deadline is looming for Jussie Smollett to pay more than $130,000 to Chicago for investigative costs into what city authorities say was a staged racist, anti-gay attack or risk getting slapped with a civil lawsuit. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 550 words, photos. Developing.

_ With: JUSSIE SMOLLETT-THE LATEST

CONVICTED KILLER-PAROLE

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.

SPORTS-BEER

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. _ Officials at the University of Illinois say the decision to sell beer in general seating areas at football and basketball games could net the school over $100,000 in the first year. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

BUSINESS:

SEARS-NEW SMALLER STORES

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.

IN BRIEF:

_ 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.

SPORTS:

CUBS-BRAVES

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.

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