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

May 2, 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. Caryn Rousseau 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



WOODSTOCK, Ill. _ Court records show that video police recovered from an Illinois woman’s cellphone showing her bruised 5-year-old son prompted the boy’s father to lead investigators to the child’s body. JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund Sr. of Crystal Lake are charged with murder in Andrew “AJ” Freund’s death. An affidavit from a McHenry County Sheriff’s detective says the video from March shows AJ lying naked on a mattress, covered in bruises and bandages. SENT: 400 words, photos.


TAYLORVILLE, Ill. _ Officials in a central Illinois city that was struck by a devastating tornado say warmer weather is allowing construction work to resume five months after the rare December twister. The Dec. 1 tornado injured over 25 people in Taylorville, a city in Christian County with a population of 11,000. The Herald and Review reports that Mayor Bruce Barry says that local ministerial alliances and a fundraiser group Missions for Taylorville have raised $700,000 as recovery work continues. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. Photo.


LOS ANGELES _ Opening statements have begun in the Los Angeles murder trial of an air conditioning repairman charged with killing two women and a suburban Chicago teenager for sexual gratification. Michael Gargiulo’s trial began Thursday with prosecutors outlining the California cases for jurors. Gargiulo has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and an attempted-murder charge stemming from three attacks in the Los Angeles area. He’s also charged with killing a 17-year-old in Illinois. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos pursuing.


ST. LOUIS _ The fast-rising Mississippi River is nearing levels unseen since a historic 1993 flood, threatening levees and forcing people living near the bulging Big Muddy to move to higher ground. Parts of downtown Davenport, Iowa, remain underwater after the river tore through a temporary barrier. By Thursday, the river was within inches of the 1993 all-time high, and expected to top it. Residents of a small Missouri town have been urged to evacuate as a levee was threatened. By Jim Salter. SENT: 410 words, photos.



A new poll shows most Americans are hungry for big changes to the way the U.S. government is structured. A survey by the University of Chicago Harris School for Public Policy and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows more than half of Americans want major changes to the system of government, including about 1 in 10 who want a complete overhaul. While 61% of Democrats want big changes, 52% of Republicans do as well. By Nicholas Riccardi and Emily Swanson. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.


Airlines will run closer to capacity this summer because of grounded Boeing 737 Max jets. Some forecasters are predicting higher fares this summer, partly because thousands of flights have been canceled while the Max remains grounded after two deadly crashes. Southwest and American say they are redistributing their remaining planes so that no routes suffer a disproportionate share of cancellations. By David Koenig. SENT: 800 words, photo.


PHOENIX _ A battle is heating up in Arizona and some three dozen other states over how to regulate car-sharing. Apps such as Turo gaining popularity in the U.S. They function like Airbnb for vehicles, allowing people to rent out their cars when they’re not using them. Rental car companies and airport authorities say users should pay the same taxes and fees that come with traditional rental cars. San Francisco-based Turo says rental car companies are trying to stifle competition. By Jonathan A. Cooper. SENT: 1,220 words, photos. Illinois editors note state interest.


—JUSSIE SMOLLETT: A judge is to rule on whether he will recuse himself from a request to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate how Chicago’s top prosecutor handled actor Jussie Smollett’s criminal case.

—DELIVERY DRIVER-FATAL SHOOTING: A string of delivery-driver robberies in Danville has turned deadly with the fatal shooting of a pizza-delivery driver.

—PRESCHOOL PUNISHMENT INVESTIGATED: Two Illinois pre-school employees accused of punishing children by making them stand naked in a closet are charged with unlawful restraint and aggravated battery.

—TROOPER KILLED-MEMORIAL: The name of an Illinois State Police trooper killed in the line of duty has been added to a memorial wall at police headquarters in Springfield.

—FAIR SHARE-LAWSUIT: Nine state workers who are no longer members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are seeking the return of some the fees paid the union.

—RED WOLVES-LINCOLN PARK ZOO: Four pups of a critically endangered species of wolf have been born at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. Photos.

—INDUSTRIAL HEMP-ILLINOIS: The Illinois Department of Agriculture received nearly 400 applications to grow or process industrial hemp in the first 24 hours after they became available.



CHICAGO _ The Boston Red Sox eye their fourth straight win when they open a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox. David Price pitches for the defending World Series champions, coming off a three-game sweep against Oakland. Chicago’s Lucas Giolito makes his first start since April 17. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CT.


More than 200 of the top female hockey players in the world have decided they will not play professionally in North America next season, hoping their stand leads to a single economically sustainable league. The announcement comes after the Canadian Women’s Hockey League abruptly ceased operations, leaving the five-team, U.S.-based National Women’s Hockey League as the only pro league in North America. Players say the salaries and business model of the NWHL don’t work. By John Wawrow and Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.


—HKW--WOMEN’S PRO HOCKEY-FUTURE-THE LATEST: The Latest on women’s hockey players announcing boycott in demand for one league. Will be updated as developments occur.


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