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

February 10, 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 G. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS-RED FLAG LAWS

In the year since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, more and more states have passed laws making it easier to take guns away from people who may be suicidal or bent on violence against others, and courts are issuing an unprecedented number of seizure orders across the country. Nine states have passed laws over the past year allowing police or household members to seek court orders requiring people deemed threatening to temporarily surrender their guns, bringing the total to 14. Several more are likely to follow in the months ahead. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-BIRTHDAY GIFT

In a matter of seconds, Triston Walsh went from being really mad at his mom to thinking she was the best mother in the world. Julie Walsh had told the Millstadt teenager last month that she sold the 1990 Ford Bronco that belonged to his father, Nick Walsh, a Marine sergeant who was killed in Iraq 12 years ago. But she was actually conspiring with a local car dealership to have the vehicle restored for his 16th birthday. By Teri Maddox. Belleville News-Democrat. SENT: 1,450 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-FIGHTING HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE

STERLING, Ill. _ Alfredo Cervantes didn’t want his wife, Angelica, to feel like she was going to be alone in a fight for her life. Angelica suffers from Huntington’s Disease, a brain disorder with no known cure. Research is underway toward a cure, and Alfredo is fighting to give his wife a chance to knock out the pain - literally. Alfredo, a former local boxer, was to return to the ring and go toe-to-toe with Wade “Pit Bull” Bruins. By Cody Cutter. Sauk Valley Media. SENT: 920 words.

BRIEFS:

_ WHEATON COLLEGE-MUSIC CENTER: A suburban Chicago college is adding a 648-seat concert hall as part of an expansion officials say will also bring “grand performances” and new choral works to the campus.

_ ROCK ISLAND-HISTORIC COURTHOUSE: Several Illinois preservation organizations have joined in a lawsuit seeking to prevent the demolition of the Rock Island County Courthouse.

SPORTS

CHICAGO _ The Detroit Red Wings are in Chicago to take on the streaking Blackhawks, who have won six games in a row in a bid to snatch a playoff berth. Chicago is four points out of a playoff spot with 27 games to play. Game time: 2 pm CST.

Also:

_ BKC--Loyola of Chicago-Valparaiso. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 4 p.m. tipoff.

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