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

May 15, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

CHILD DEATHS-ILLINOIS

CHICAGO _ A study has found that Illinois’ child welfare agency is so intent on keeping children with their parents and out of foster care that it has sometimes left children in grave danger. The study released Wednesday is comes after Gov. J.B. Pritzker asked the University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall research center to examine the Department of Children and Family Services unit that oversees households in which the kids are left at home after allegations of abuse or neglect. By Don Babwin. SENT: 850 words, photos.

With:

—CHILD DEATHS-ILLINOIS-THE LATEST: The Latest on recommendations to improve the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Will be updated as developments occur.

TRUMP

WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump is using a ceremony for fallen law enforcement officers to criticize big-city prosecutors he asserts don’t go after criminals who pose a severe threat to public safety. Trump also made an apparent reference to the case of actor Jussie Smollett. Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct and accused of making a false police report after claiming he was attacked. The Cook County state’s attorney’s office abruptly dropped the charges in March. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated.

TEACHING CLIMATE CHANGE

Teachers report sifting through junk science and misinformation as they work to teach their students about climate change. There are materials produced by climate change doubters, lesson plans developed by the oil industry, and countless other sites with misleading or outdated information. Climate change education varies across states, and often from one classroom to the next. By Michael Melia. SENT: 1,310 words, photo, video.

FAA-HOUSE HEARING

WASHINGTON _ The nation’s top aviation regulator is assuring Congress that the Boeing 737 Max, grounded after two deadly accidents, will only return to flying when a government analysis shows that it is safe. The Federal Aviation Administration is under scrutiny for how it relied on Boeing to certify the Max and didn’t ground the plane until after the second crash, in March. Acting FAA chief Daniel Elwell told the House aviation subcommittee that his agency “welcomes scrutiny that helps make us better.” SENT: 740 words, photos.

With:

—FAA-HOUSE HEARING-THE LATEST: The Latest on investigation into safety review of the troubled Boeing 737 Max. Will be updated as developments occur.

IN BRIEF:

—CHICAGO ALDERMAN ARRESTED: Police have arrested a Chicago alderman on charges alleging that he lied when he reported his car had been stolen in January. Photo.

—DISMEMBERED BOY-TRIAL: The trial has started for a Rockford man charged in the death of a 2-year-old Rockford boy whose dismembered remains were found in 2015 in a Chicago lagoon.

—CHILD KILLED-PEORIA SHOOTING: Authorities in Peoria say a 4-year-old boy died when gunfire intended for someone else struck him three times in the back and arm. Photo.

—EL DORADO HOMICIDE-CONVICTION: A judge has sentenced a southern Illinois man to life in prison for the death of a mother and her unborn child.

—ABORTION CLINICS-THREATS: A northwestern Indiana man who pleaded guilty to charges alleging he sent threatening messages to two Chicago-area abortion clinics has been sentenced to 1½ years in prison.

—MILWAUKEE KINGS GANG-CHARGED: Chicago’s U.S. attorney’s office says four members of the city’s Milwaukee Kings street gang have been charged with committing murder in aid of racketeering.

—HIV PLAN-ILLINOIS: A new plan has been introduced that aims to end HIV in Illinois by the year 2030.

—ZOMBIE RACOONS: A suburban Chicago police department is warning about “zombie raccoons,” saying they are very real and very dangerous to the family dog.

—OVERTURNED TRUCK-HONEY SPILL: A semi-trailer hauling honey overturned on a northwestern Indiana highway, spilling some of the sticky substance and restricting travel for hours. Photos.

SPORTS:

BKN--COMBINE-DRAFT HOPEFULS

CHICAGO _ The NBA has picked 11 players from the G League Elite Camp to stay for the draft combine. UCF’s Tacko Fall, Florida State’s Terance Mann, Miami’s Dewan Hernandez, Syracuse’s Oshae Brissett, Nevada’s Cody Martin, Tulsa’s DaQuan Jeffries, Auburn’s Jared Harper, Iowa’s Tyler Cook, Iowa State’s Marial Shayok, Mississippi State’s Reggie Perry and Ole Miss’ Terence Davis were invited to stay for the workouts that begin Thursday. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 840 words, photo.

BKN--CAVALIERS-BEILEIN

CHICAGO _ John Beilein has no doubt leaving Michigan for the Cleveland Cavaliers is the right move to make. He decided it was time to jump to the NBA and see if he can win on basketball’s biggest stage after molding winners at the college level for 41 years. The offensive whiz who re-established the Wolverines as national championship contenders will try to orchestrate a similar turnaround in Cleveland. There’s never a good time to leave,” he said following the draft lottery in Chicago on Tuesday. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 820 words, photos.

BBN--CUBS-REDS

CINCINNATI _ Yu Darvish tries to recover from a wild start when the surging Chicago Cubs face the Cincinnati Reds in the second game of their series Wednesday. The Cubs are 10-2 in May, their best start to the month since 1977. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5:40 p.m. CT.

HKO--WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

KOSICE, Slovakia _ Patrick Kane scored a goal and had two assists to become the United States’ all-time leading scorer at the world hockey championship in 6-3 win over Britain. The NHL star and two-time Olympian finished the game with 36 points, surpassing the 33 points U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Johnson had at the world championships. The U.S. has won three straight games in Group A since opening with a loss. Switzerland stayed undefeated in Group B as Andreas Ambuhl scored twice in a 4-1 win over Norway. SENT: 120 words, photos. Will be updated.

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