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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 6pm, IL

March 18, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ There’s a lot at stake in next year’s U.S. Census, including congressional seats and billions of dollars in federal funding, according to experts in Illinois who are pushing to educate the public about the importance of the count. An analysis by George Washington University’s Institute of Public Policy found that at least $34 billion in federal funding for programs that directly assist Illinois residents is tied to census figures, The Chicago Tribune reported. The state could also lose up to two congressional seats if the upcoming count finds a population loss, according to a report by the Illinois Complete Count Commission. SENT: 380 words.



KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities said Monday while warning that the flooding was expected to linger. About 200 miles of levees were compromised — either breached or overtopped — in four states, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. In Illinois, weather service readings showed major flooding along the Pecatonica River at Shirland and Freeport, and the Rock River in the Rockford area and Moline. By Heather Hollingsworth. SENT: 865 words, photos.


DETROIT _ Andre Williams, an R&B singer and songwriter who co-wrote “Shake A Tail Feather” and performed across musical genres, died Sunday. He was 82. Williams’ manager and musical director, Kenn Goodman, said Monday that Williams was recently diagnosed with colon cancer and that he was receiving hospice care at a Chicago nursing home. Goodman, who owns Chicago label Pravda Records and who played music and had business dealings with Williams over nearly two decades, said Williams’ musical contributions were “massive” and spanned soul, punk, rap, garage rock and country. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 360 words, photo planned.


NEW YORK _ The arrest of R&B singer R. Kelly has focused the lens of the #MeToo movement on young victims of sexual abuse, especially girls of color. The charges follow a string of sexual misconduct accusations against Hollywood power brokers, media titans and others. But many accusers speaking out so far have been older, white women. Tarana Burke, who first coined the “me too” phrase, wants girls to recognize that the movement is about them, too. By Maryclaire Dale and Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 2,180 words, photos. An abridged version has moved at 980 words.



WASHINGTON _ U.S. prosecutors are looking into the development of Boeing’s 737 Max jets, a person briefed on the matter revealed Monday, the same day French aviation investigators concluded there were “clear similarities” in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 last week and a Lion Air jet in October. The Justice Department probe will examine the way Chicago-based Boeing was regulated by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the inquiry is not public. A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., sent a subpoena to someone involved in the plane’s development seeking emails, messages and other communications, the source told The Associated Press. By Hope Yen and Tom Krisher. SENT: 725 words, photos.


__FINANCIAL ADVISER-SENTENCE: A five-year prison sentence has been handed a suburban Chicago financial planner who stole money set aside by a couple for their retirement years.

__ARGONNE-SUPERCOMPUTER: The Department of Energy plans to spend $500 million to build what could be one of the world’s fastest computers at Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago.

—BOY KILLED-CRASH: Authorities say a 10-year-old boy was killed when the minivan he was riding in ran off a northern Illinois interstate and flipped upside down into a retention pond.

—WINTER WEATHER-FLOODING-ILLINOIS: Residents in northern and western Illinois continue to deal with flooding as rivers swell from melting snow and recent rains. Photos.

—U OF ILLINOIS-BACKGROUND CHECKS: Data shared with trustees show that the University of Illinois withdrew 25 job offers across its three campuses after doing background checks last year.

—POLICE TORTURE-NEW TRIAL: An inmate serving a life sentence has been granted a new trial after an appellate court determined Chicago police tortured him into implicating himself in the slayings of two men.

—CAROLINE KENNEDY-FORUM: Judson University says Caroline Kennedy will headline this year’s World Leaders Forum in suburban Chicago.

—TROUT FISHING SEASON: Four new sites have been added for this year’s Illinois Spring Trout Fishing Season.



MESA, Ariz. _ Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez knows teams will have a different approach against him this year after his stellar 2018. Baez will open the season as the Cubs’ starting shortstop while Addison Russell completes a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. SENT: 900 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ The Chicago Blackhawks go for their sixth consecutive win when they host the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. The Blackhawks are trying to get into a wild-card spot, but they are running out of time as the season winds down. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CT.


PHOENIX _ The Chicago Bulls will try to end a five-game skid when they face the Phoenix Suns in a Monday night road game. UPCOMING; 600 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m. CT.


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