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

May 23, 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. Corey Williams 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ A tornado tore apart buildings in Missouri’s capital city as part of an overnight outbreak of severe weather across the state that left at least three people dead and dozens injured. The National Weather Service confirmed that the large and destructive twister moved over Jefferson City shortly before midnight Wednesday. The tornado cut a path about 3 miles long and a mile wide from the south end of Jefferson City north toward the Missouri River, said police Lt. David Williams. Emergency workers reported about two dozen injuries, Williams said, and dozens of people were in shelters. Hospitals reported treating injuries such as cuts and bruises. The severe weather was expected to push eastward Thursday, with forecasters saying parts of the Ohio Valley and the mid-Atlantic — including Baltimore and Pittsburgh — could see tornadoes, large hail and strong winds. Storms and torrential rains have ravaged the Midwest, from Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois, in the past few days. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 890 words; photos and video.


SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST: The Latest on severe weather moving across the central United States.


NEW YORK _ Federal prosecutors in New York have charged a banker with trying to buy himself a role in President Donald Trump’s administration by making risky loans to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Stephen M. Calk was arrested Thursday in New York City on a financial institution bribery charge. He is scheduled to appear in Manhattan federal court in the afternoon. A message seeking comment was left with his attorney. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 630 words, photos.


DURHAM, N.C. _ Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro joined a march to a McDonald’s restaurant in North Carolina on Thursday to draw attention to workers’ efforts to raise the minimum wage and secure other protections. Nearly all the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have expressed support for the idea that the federal minimum wage should be more than doubled, to $15 an hour, and several were joining actions around the country Thursday. The McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting is also Thursday in Dallas. Striking cooks and cashiers planned to travel to the shareholder meeting, where they’ll attend a video town hall hosted by Sen. Bernie Sanders, another Democratic presidential candidate. Castro, the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development and current San Antonio mayor, marched with roughly 200 activists, minimum wage workers and union representatives from a park in Durham to a nearby McDonalds. He joined them in chants of, “Put some respect in my check,” and “What do we want? 15! When do we want it? Now!” By Amanda Morris. SENT: 440 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Brittany K. Barnett and MiAngel Cody are warrior attorneys with a mission: freeing nonviolent drug offenders serving life in a federal system the lawyers are working to reform. When it comes to the cause, their energy is boundless and they’re immensely grateful to Kim Kardashian West for joining the fight, catching some headlines in the process. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 980 words, photos.



CHICAGO _ A judge in Chicago has ordered the file in the Jussie Smollett criminal case unsealed. Cook County Judge Steven Watkins said Thursday that while there are good arguments in favor of keeping the file sealed, the “Empire” actor forfeited his rights to keep the case sealed to protect his privacy by talking to the media before and after prosecutors dismissed the charges against him. Smollett had been charged with 16 counts alleging he lied to police when reporting he’d been the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in January. Police insist the actor, who is black and gay, staged the attack because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted publicity. By Don Babwin. SENT: 300 words, photos.


JUSSIE SMOLLETT-THE LATEST: The Latest on a judge’s order unsealing the file from actor Jussie Smollett’s criminal case.


_ FOOD TRUCKS-LAWSUIT: The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Chicago’s food truck regulations.

_ CHICAGO SUBURBS-CANCER RISK: A medical equipment manufacturer is proposing the installation of pollution control equipment to reduce toxic air pollution from its plant in suburban Chicago.

_ OFFENSIVE YEARBOOK QUOTES: A suburban Chicago high school has stopped distributing copies of its yearbook after administrators learned two offensive quotes -- one associated with Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany -- were printed beneath the photos of two seniors.

_ CENSUS-ILLINOIS: U.S. Census Bureau estimates say the majority of municipalities in the Chicago region, including the city itself, lost population last year.

_ STATE FAIR-ADMISSION: The Illinois State Fair is cutting the cost of daily admission in half for adults attending in August on Sunday through Thursday.

_ TICK RESEARCH: Researchers involved in an Illinois tick research and surveillance program are hoping the public will be generous in passing on to them the little bloodsuckers.



CHICAGO _ The Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs close out a four-game series at Wrigley Field. Aaron Nola pitches for Philadelphia against Jon Lester. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 2:20 p.m.


HOUSTON _ Lucas Giolito is scheduled to pitch for the White Sox as they try to split a four-game series with the Astros. Rookie Corbin Martin will start for Houston, which lost 9-4 Wednesday after winning the first two games of the series. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.


HOMER GLEN, Ill. _ Scores of retired NHL players are still grappling with the effects of head injuries they suffered during their careers. Daniel Carcillo is one of them. He chose not to participate in an $18.9 million settlement between the league and players who sued over the issue. He says he wants his days in court as he struggles to live day to day against depression and suicidal thoughts. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 2,300 words; photos and video.


OMAHA, Neb. _ Jordan Nwogu drilled a two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to push Michigan past Illinois 5-4 on Thursday in the Big Ten Tournament. Ako Thomas also had a pair of RBIs for Michigan (39-17), which rallied from a 3-0 hole to solidify its at-large NCAA Tournament hopes. SENT: 130 words.


NEW YORK _ It’s been a busy offseason for the WNBA with big names changing places, a new commissioner and a few injuries to some of the sport’s greatest players. The league will tip off its 23rd season on Friday with many teams hoping to win the championship this year. The defending champion Seattle Storm may be extremely hard-pressed to repeat. Reigning MVP Breanna Stewart suffered an Achilles injury in the winter while playing for a Russian club team. She’ll be sidelined for the season. The Storm took another hit this week when it was announced that veteran point guard Sue Bird was going to be sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury. Seattle is also missing coach Dan Hughes for an indeterminate amount of time as he battles cancer. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 730 words, photos.


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