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

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ A Senate Democrat plans to seek committee approval for a phased-in $15 minimum wage in Illinois. Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford of Maywood says she’ll likely present her legislation Wednesday to the Executive Committee. It would increase the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 per hour to $15 over six years. It would apply statewide despite business groups’ protests that the minimum wage should be tiered to reflect differing economies throughout the state. By John O’Connor. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. Developing from 2 p.m. CT committee meeting.



CHICAGO _ Federal testing shows that a suburban Chicago plant that sterilizes medical instruments is still producing high levels of cancer-causing gas, but a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official says the agency doesn’t have enough evidence to take action. An EPA official tells The Chicago Tribune that air samples collected late last year show a connection between the Sterigenics International in Willowbrook and high levels of ethylene oxide. The agency says it needs to conduct additional testing. SENT: 370 words.


NEW YORK _ R. Kelly said Tuesday he is planning an international tour, but an Australian lawmaker wants the country to bar him from performing there if the concert plan goes forward. The embattled musician announced on social media Tuesday that he’ll be going to Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, but the tweet was later deleted. “See y’all soon” the post said, accompanied by a picture of Kelly and the declaration “The King of R&B.” No dates or venues were revealed. SENT: 370 words, photo.


_STUDENT-STUN GUN: Prosecutors have dismissed charges against a 16-year-old Chicago Public Schools student on whom police used a stun gun on in an incident that renewed questions about reliance on in-school officers.

_WINTER WEATHER-BOILING WATER CHALLENGE: The extreme cold last week activated the science experiment gene in a number of people, resulting in injuries for those who tried the “boiling water challenge.”

_FIREFIGHTERS CANCER-PENSION: A Lake County judge has ruled that the family of a Chicago-area firefighter should receive his pension, upholding a review board’s decision that his fatal cancer was caused in the line of duty.

—WINTER WEATHER-ILLINOIS FLOODING: An ice jams is breaking up along the Kankakee River in northeastern Illinois and forcing evacuations.

—WINTER WEATHER-MISSOURI: Forecasters are warning of dangerous freezing drizzle that already has caused at least one wreck in Missouri that killed two people from Illinois.

—WINTER WEATHER-FEDEX WORKER DEATH: An autopsy found that a FedEx worker found dead outside in western Illinois amid record low temperatures died of a traumatic head injury.

—POLICE SHOOTING-GLENDALE HEIGHTS: A suburban Chicago prosecutor says a police officer was justified in shooting a man with schizophrenia who was holding knives.

—FORMER UPS WORKER-CHARGED: A former UPS Inc. worker accused of rerouting mail meant for the shipping company’s Atlanta headquarters to his small Chicago apartment has pleaded guilty to mail fraud.

—BUSINESS EXECUTIVES-ILLINOIS FINANCES: A combination of tax increases and budget cuts of $8 billion are being proposed by a group of Chicago businessmen to fix Illinois’ finances.

—HIT-AND-RUN-FATALITY: A suburban Chicago man is charged with driving under the influence resulting in death in a hit-and-run that left a 15-year-old high school freshman dead.

—LINCOLN MUSEUM-BIRTHDAY: The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will offer free admission and special events to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday.



NEW YORK — Major League Baseball and its players are discussing bold changes to spark the sport that include a three-batter minimum before a pitching change except at the start of an inning, a single trade deadline set before the All-Star break and expanded rosters.

The union renewed its push to extend the designated hitter to the National League, suggested amateur draft incentives for winning records and penalties for losing records and proposed a change in service-time rules that would lead to faster free agency for top rookies held in the minor leagues early in the season. By Ron Blum. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


UNDATED _ Michigan finished the football recruiting cycle with the top class in the Big Ten and four other conference programs were ranked in the top 25 in the nation Wednesday. Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh added one player on the second letter-of-intent signing day to a 26-man class that was No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 8 nationally, according to the 247Sports.com composite rankings. It was Michigan’s first top ranking in the Big Ten since 2007. By Eric Holden. SENT: 815 words, photos.


CHICAGO — Reliever Junichi Tazawa has finalized a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs and will report to big league spring training. If added to the 40-man roster, Tazawa would receive a one-year contract paying $800,000 while in the major leagues. He could earn $450,000 in performance bonuses for games pitched and $750,000 for games finished. The 32-year-old right-hander was with a 7.07 ERA in 31 games last season for Miami and the Los Angeles Angels. SENT: 370 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ With All-Star Anthony Davis questionable, the banged-up New Orleans Pelicans look to stop a three-game losing streak when they visit the struggling Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. Davis, the Chicago product, has been sidelined since Jan. 18 because of a sprained left index finger and asked for a trade last week. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. _ The Southern Illinois Salukis take on the Missouri State Bears in a road game Wednesday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa _ The Bradley Braves play the Northern Iowa Panthers on Wednesday night. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.


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