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

May 17, 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. Ed White is on the desk, followed by Herbert G. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORY:

PREGNANT WOMAN SLAIN-BABY TAKEN

CHICAGO _ A pregnant Chicago teen who was killed and whose baby was cut from her womb was strangled while being shown a photo album of the late son and brother of her attackers, a prosecutor says in urging a judge to keep three people locked up. By Michael Tarm. Developing, photos.

BUSINESS:

EARNS-DEERE

Illinois-based Deere & Co. cut its profit and sales expectations for the year as a trade war between the U.S. and China escalates and farmers try to recover from a planting season besieged by heavy rains. By Michelle Chapman. SENT: 510 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ PROSTITUTION STING: A lawyer who serves as a part-time public defender in a central Illinois county says he plans to keep the job despite misdemeanor charges related to a prostitution investigation.

_ TEEN-POND: Police say a body found in a Decatur park has been identified as a 16-year-old boy missing since last weekend.

_ FATAL CRASH-CHIEF: crash has killed the police chief in a small Illinois town.

_ KOREAN WAR MIA-FUNERAL: A soldier who was killed during the Korean War has been returned to Illinois and will be buried next to his twin, who was killed during the same battle.

_ STRANGULATION DEATHS-COMPETENCY: A man accused of fatally strangling an elderly woman and her daughter in northwestern Indiana has been ordered to get another mental health evaluation.

_ ASH TREES TO LIBRARIES: Ash trees that once shaded Savoy, Illinois, are being turned into “little free libraries.”

_ MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION-ILLINOIS: Activists rallied outside the Illinois Capitol to demand a revenue stream from marijuana sales to communities affected by violence spurred by illegal drug activity.

_ CHURCH PROPERTY-DEMOLITION: Opponents file a lawsuit to try to stop the demolition of historic Rockford buildings owned by the Catholic Diocese.

SPORTS:

CUBS-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON _ Max Scherzer and Cole Hamels take to the mound for what shapes up as a strong pitching matchup as the struggling Washington Nationals open a three-game series against the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs. Starts at 7:05 p.m. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

BLUE JAYS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO _ Aaron Sanchez tries to get back to winning after dropping three straight starts as the Toronto Blue Jays meet Ivan Nova and the Chicago White Sox. Nova is coming off back-to-back losses. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

_ NBA-WILLIAMS: Grant Williams, the two-time Southeastern Conference player of the year, says he’s staying in the NBA draft rather than returning for his senior season at Tennessee.

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