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May 13, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 1:30 p.m. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri’s tough treatment of sex offenders living outside of prison is sending hundreds of the offenders to neighboring states, where laws are not as stringent. The Columbia Missourian analyzed Missouri State Highway Patrol records of more than 2,500 offenders who moved out of the state in the past two years. Kansas, Illinois and Arkansas are the top destinations for sex offenders. Missouri requires sex offenders to register for a lifetime, with no exceptions. Other states require registrations for a specific number of years, with a lifetime registration only for high risk sex offenders. SENT: 515 words.



CAIRO, Ill. — A southern Illinois city needs to raise $1 million to continue progress on a port project. The Cairo Port Authority would use the funds for permitting and design costs for the proposed river port on the Ohio River side of Cairo. “The next step is we need a FY19 balanced budget,” said Republican Sen. Dale Fowler of Harrisburg. Fowler said he’s hoping for a line item in this year’s budget to specifically allocate the money. SENT: 250 words.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —This year’s Illinois governor’s race between uber-wealthy candidates could be the costliest in U.S. history and perfectly illustrates the need for a campaign finance system that isn’t so rigged in favor of the rich, say critics pushing for a system that would match small donations with public funds. The small-donor matching program won approval in the Illinois Senate last year but its chances are bleak in the state House, despite the attention given to two inordinately wealthy candidates who are financing their campaigns with millions of dollars of their own money. By Sarah Zimmerman. SENT: 775 words, photos. FIRST SENT SATURDAY.


CHICAGO - The Illinois Office of Tourism has created a new self-guided architectural tour that’s dedicated to the work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The tourism trail includes 13 Wright-designed buildings that are open to the public, the Chicago Tribune reported. Stops include multiple attractions in Chicago, the Laurent House in Rockford and the Dana-Thomas House in Springfield. SENT: 340 words. FIRST SENT SATURDAY.


SAN FRANCISCO — The unwanted were turned away from cafeteria tables. Fistfights broke out at karaoke. Dances became breeding grounds for gossip and cruelty. It became clear this place had a bullying problem on its hands. What many found surprising was that the perpetrators and victims alike were all senior citizens. Nursing homes, senior centers and housing complexes for the elderly have introduced programs, training and policies aimed at curbing spates of bullying, an issue once thought the exclusive domain of the young. Editors, note reference to case involving woman from Chicago and Niles, Illinois. SENT: 1000 words, photos. FIRST SENT SATURDAY.


QUINCY, Ill. — The first time Gabby Pratt attended an event at Quincy Young Life, she spent most of it in the bathroom. Crippled by an anxiety attack, her first hour there was full of terror as she hid out in a stall. Counselors regularly cycled in and out to check on her, but she was intimidated by the crowd just beyond the safety of the bathroom door. Young Life is a faith-based ministry for students that provides them with social opportunities and connects them with counselors. By Matt Dutton. The Quincy Herald-Whig. UPCOMING: 690 words, photos.


TEUTOPOLIS, Ill. — Over the last 30 years, family farm ownership hasn’t decreased. In fact, according to a report by the USDA last year, such farms accounted for 99 percent of all U.S. farms and 89 percent of production in 2015. But this has come at the expense of the small family farm, the report added. In spite of that trend, 20-year-olds John Kreke of Teutopolis and Theodore Kessler of Strasburg plan to enter the field once they complete their degrees. By Keith Stewart. Effingham Daily News. UPCOMING: 860 words, photos.


—MYANMAR TEACHERS: A group of teachers and administrators from Myanmar has wrapped up a month-long visit to Illinois.

—MAYOR’S HOME: Authorities in the southern Illinois community of Alorton are investigating a fire that destroyed the home of the town’s mayor.

—CHICAGO-TRAFFIC STOP: Charges have been filed in connection with the death last week of a Chicago woman struck by a car driven by a man fleeing police.

—MURDER TRIAL-JURY SELECTION: A Putnam County judge will call a pool of 300 potential jurors for the upcoming trial of a Standard man accused of fatally beating his sister-in-law nearly two years ago.

—CHILD SEX ASSAULT: A Rockford man has been sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting a child.

—PRETRIAL PROGRAM: A program out of Chicago’s federal court building designed to give non-violent suspects a chance to stay out of prison has held its first graduation.



CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs go for their sixth straight win when they face the crosstown White Sox in the finale of their weekend series. Kyle Hendricks goes for the Cubs, and Lucas Giolito pitches for the White Sox. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1:20 p.m.


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