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

April 7, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

RIDE HAILING-FAKE DRIVERS

CHICAGO _ Whenever Rachel Orden calls for an Uber, the 20-year-old Michigan State University sophomore immediately walks to the back of the vehicle to check the license plate number, then opens the door and waits for the driver to say her name before getting in. Even then, she devises a backup plan in case she feels uncomfortable. “How could I get out? Could I unlock the door? Who do I have on speed dial? Could I jump out safely if I needed to? All that goes through my mind,” said Orden, of Naples, Florida, who uses the ride-hailing service about once a week, usually when going out at night. By Tammy Webber. SENT: 820 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

CRIMINAL HISTORY-COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. _ A bill that would ban colleges from asking applicants about their criminal history would hurt campus safety efforts, according to police chiefs at several Illinois universities. The Democratic lawmaker who sponsored the Criminal History in College Applications Act said there’s no proof that including such a question on college applications improves public safety and that it deters some people from applying. “Everyone deserves a second chance,” said state Rep. Mary Flowers, of Chicago. SENT: 310 words.

EXCHANGE-CHANGE OF HABITS

ASHKUM, Ill. _ At her heaviest weight, Kelsey Stauffer weighed 250 pounds. She never felt connected to her physical self. Now she’s feeling better than ever. In 2016, Stauffer, 22, of Ashkum, made the decision to lose 100 pounds. “I lost the weight in less than two years,” she said. “Did societal standards of beauty play a role? 100 percent.” Her earliest memory of being picked on for her size was when she was in the second grade. By Kiera Allen. The (Kankakee) Daily Journal. SENT: 1,310 words, photos pursuing.

EXCHANGE-PET CARE

CHARLESTON, Ill. _ It won’t be long before Cali Elliott and Michael McCallion put their classes behind them and begin caring for pets. But the two fourth-year students at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine are already getting some hands-on work with vaccinations, testing and other care. They were at the Coles County Animal Shelter on March 14, doing work that not only helps them prepare for their careers, but also provides care for pet owners who might not be able to get it otherwise. By Dave Fopay. Mattoon Journal Gazette & (Charleston) Times-Courier. SENT: 450 words, photos pursuing.

IN BRIEF:

CHICAGO PRIEST-REINSTATEMENT: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has reinstated a priest to his duties after allegations of misconduct involving a minor proved to be unfounded.

WAREHOUSE SHOOTING-AURORA-CROSSES: Five white crosses memorializing the victims of a warehouse shooting in suburban Chicago are now housed at the Aurora Historical Society.

ILLINOIS STATE FAIR: Heavy metal band Megadeth will be the opening act at this year’s Illinois State Fair.

SPORTS:

BBN--CUBS-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE _ The Chicago Cubs conclude a three-game series against the Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Kyle Hendricks will start for the Cubs. Zach Davies is on the mound for the Brewers. Game underway.

BBA--Mariners-White Sox

CHICAGO _ The Seattle Mariners wrap up their series against the Chicago White Sox. Chicago is sending Ivan Nova to the mound. Wade LeBlanc is on the mound for Seattle. Game underway.

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