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

May 12, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO _ The state of Illinois should spend $33 million for community leaders to spread word about the 2020 census, the Chicago Urban League said in a report. Illinois could lose billions of dollars in federal funding and one or two congressional seats if there’s an undercount next year, the Chicago Tribune reported. An undercount happens when the census counts a smaller number of people or homes in a population than shown by an independent estimate. SENT: 360 words.



WHEATON, Ill. _ Jen Kray found herself in a hospital bed, unable to move anything except her right thumb and her blue eyes. She had survived a risky brain surgery that saved her life. But it was too soon to think about her new reality. She was a 23-year-old from Wheaton, a type-A personality, and she had her own patients to help as a grad student in the middle of her clinicals and months away from earning a master’s degree in occupational therapy. What would happen to them if she was stuck in this hospital bed? By Katlyn Smith. (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald. SENT: 1,250 words.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ Nine-year-old Ben Turner of Springfield said there were times he felt he didn’t fit in at school, not growing up with a father. Nathan Turner died of cardiac arrest in Lincoln in 2010, when Ben was just 5 weeks old. Ben and his mother, Sarah Turner, found some solace in Kid Good Grief Camp, an afternoon of different activities that helps children ages 6 to 12 deal with the death of a loved one. By Steven Spearie. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register. SENT: 920 words.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ The terms “Illinois budget” and “extra revenue” are rarely heard in the same sentence. But now that they are, “spending agreement” is the elusive terminology. Lawmakers and Gov. J.B. Pritzker learned this past week that the state’s income tax take in April was a stunning $4 billion, 38% more than the year before and some $1.5 billion more than projected. Now House Republicans are asking why Pritzker and his fellow Democrats who control the House and Senate can’t forgo their plans to increase taxes. First and foremost, GOP House Minority Leader Jim Durkin is targeting Pritzker’s plan to change income-tax collection to a graduated structure, forcing the wealthy to pay more. But he’s also taken aim at Pritzker proposals to tax plastic bags, hike duties on cigarettes and vaping materials, and limit retailers’ reimbursement for collecting sales tax at the cash register. By John O’Connor. SENT: 850 words, photos.


ARTHUR, Ill. _ Volunteers for the Daughters of the American Revolution are planning to add a marker at the grave of a Douglas County woman that recognizes her relationship to a Revolutionary War veteran. The group’s Tuscola chapter will add the marker at the grave of Arthur housewife Florinda Wood Martin during a public ceremony on Sunday — more than 100 years after she died, the News-Gazette reported. Chapter officials said an analysis of Martin’s family line reveals that her father, Alexander Wood, fought in the American Revolution. SENT: 340 words.


_CHICAGO POLICE SHOOTING: Two Chicago police officers have been placed on administrative leave after allegedly shooting an armed suspect.

_INDIANA DUNES-CAMPING: Indiana Dunes National Park says visitors can reserve campsites, beginning Wednesday.

_CHIEF JUDGES-WOMEN: Most chief judges at federal trial courts in the 7th Circuit — comprised of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin — are already women. Soon, there’ll be just one man among them.

_ILLINOIS STATE-TUITION: Illinois State University is freezing tuition and room and board rates for the next academic year.



CHICAGO _ Jhoulys Chacin and the Milwaukee Brewers take on Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs in the rubber game of their weekend series. Chicago beat Milwaukee 2-1 on Saturday on Willson Contreras’ homer in the 15th inning. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


TORONTO _ The Chicago White Sox are in Toronto to take on the Blue Jays. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game is underway.


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