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

February 2, 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. Sara Burnett 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

TRANSGENDER PRISONER

LINCOLN — A transgender inmate who received rare approval from Illinois prison authorities to move from a men’s to a women’s prison says she feels safe in the new accommodations. Strawberry Hampton said she no longer worries about being attacked for being a woman, the Chicago Tribune reports. Hampton, whose legal first name is Deon, was transferred at the end of December to Logan Correctional Center, a women’s prison in central Illinois. She’s serving a 10-year sentence for burglary. SENT: 350 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-OVERCOMING HEARING WOES

ALTON, Ill. _ OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center registered nurse April Dawn Ferguson sets examples for peers and community alike, particularly those overcoming disabilities. April Dawn has congenital hearing loss in both ears, but overcame this obstacle and challenge, not only through self-determination, but also because of strong support systems, such as family and health professionals. By Jill Moon. The (Alton) Telegraph. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-RECYCLING WOES

CARBONDALE, Ill. _ In 1989, Illinois set a lofty goal for a statewide recycling program. In July 2017, China notified the World Trade Organization that its companies would stop accepting many kinds of “foreign garbage,” and instead boost domestic recycling, in an effort to clean up the environment. The country reduced its plastic purchases by 92 percent in the first five months of 2018. And the mountains of plastic and other recyclable trash that flooded the market, with no ready buyers, have caused ripple effects worldwide. By Gabriel Neely-Streit. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ FIGHTER JET-ILLINOIS: seems it’s never too cold to deliver a fighter jet.

_ WINTER WEATHER-ILLINOIS: A seven-mile ice jam on the Kankakee River could cause flash flooding as warmer temperatures and possible rain move into northern Illinois.

_ CAR CRASH-STORE: Authorities say a 57-year-old driver who hit a police car and then crashed her SUV into a northern Illinois drug store was supposed to begin serving a jail sentence for DUI the next day.

_ LINCOLN PLANT-CLOSING: A central Illinois glass and metal manufacturer has announced it will close this spring.

_ TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT-SUPER BOWL: Illinois State Police say troopers are stepping up traffic enforcement for Super Bowl weekend.

_ SINGER-CHILD PORN CHARGES: A YouTube singer with a huge teenage following has pleaded guilty to charges he coerced six underage female fans to send him sexually explicit videos.

SPORTS:

BKN--Bulls-Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The Hornets look to pull back to .500 on the season when they host the Bulls. By Steve Reed. 650 words, photos. By Steve Reed. Game starts at 7 p.m. EDT

HKN--BLACKHAWKS-WILD

The Chicago Blackhawks visit the Minnesota Wild, who are playing their first home game in two weeks. Brian Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

SOC-ECUADOR-US EXHIBITION

CHICAGO — The U.S. soccer team will play Ecuador in an exhibition on March 21 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida, the first time new U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter has his full player pool available. The game announced Saturday will be followed by the previously announced March 26 friendly against Chile at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. SENT: 220 words.

BKC--Nebraska-Illinois

CHAMPAIGN _ Nebraska looks to stop a four-game losing streak and adjust to the loss of injured forward Isaac Copeland when it meets struggling Illinois. The Cornhuskers scored a season-low 51 points to Wisconsin on Tuesday while playing their first game without Copeland. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2:15 p.m. ET.

Also:

BKC--North Dakota State-Western Illinois: North Dakota State plays Western Illinois at Western Hall. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--Chicago State-New Mexico State: Chicago State plays New Mexico State at Pan American Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--Loyola (IL)-Illinois State: Loyola (IL) plays Illinois State at Redbird Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--Eastern Kentucky-SIU-Edwardsville: Eastern Kentucky plays SIU-Edwardsville at Sam M. Vadalabene Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--Toledo-Northern Illinois: Toledo plays Northern Illinois at NIU Convocation Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--Southern Illinois-Bradley: Southern Illinois plays Bradley at Carver Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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