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

April 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO _ The dominating win in Tuesday’s runoff election of the first black woman as Chicago mayor signals hope for many in a city plagued with a history of corruption, crime and racial divide. The significance of Lori Lightfoot’s victory over a top Democratic party leader also transcended race and gender. By Sara Burnett and Corey Williams. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.


—CHICAGO MAYOR-THE LATEST: The latest on the Chicago mayoral election. Will be updated as developments occur. Photos.


NEW YORK _ “Mayor Pete,” as he’s known to his growing fan base, is running a surprisingly strong and well-funded campaign for president. Lori Lightfoot has just won a landslide victory to become Chicago’s mayor. Together, the ascendance of Lightfoot and Pete Buttigieg — the two-term mayor of South Bend, Indiana — highlights the remarkable progress made recently by gay and lesbian politicians, to the point where their sexual orientation is either an asset or a nonissue. Both Lightfoot and Buttigieg have talked comfortably about LGBT issues and their own same-sex marriages. By David Crary. SENT: 940 words, photos.



SHARONVILLE, Ohio _ A 14-year-old boy who said he escaped from two kidnappers in Ohio and fled across a bridge to Kentucky told authorities he is an Illinois boy who went missing nearly eight years ago. Police in suburban Cincinnati’s Sharonville wrote in a short incident report that the teen said Wednesday morning that he had “just escaped from two kidnappers” he described as white men with body builder-type physics. They were in Ford SUV with Wisconsin license plates and had been staying at a Red Roof Inn. SENT; 435 words, photos.


WARREN, Ill. _ The funeral is set for an Illinois State Police trooper killed when she was struck by a truck during a traffic stop. Services for Trooper Brooke Jones-Story are planned Wednesday afternoon at Warren High School in the northern Illinois town of Warren near the Wisconsin border. The 34-year-old is one of three Illinois troopers killed in traffic crashes so far this year. Jones-Story’s family remembered her as a “strong woman” who “had a passion for service.” SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated. Developing from 2 p.m. CT funeral. Photo pursuing.


NEW YORK _ Six states and the District of Columbia have sued the Department of Agriculture, saying it weakened nutritional standards in school breakfasts and lunches when it relaxed the requirements affecting salt and refined grains last year. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court asks a judge to overturn the changes, saying they were carried out in an arbitrary and capricious manner. An email seeking comment was sent to the Justice Department. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 390 words, photo.



NEW YORK _ Grammy-winning artist Che “Rhymefest” Smith didn’t have plans to become an actor, but that changed when Emilio Estevez’s mom saw his documentary about reconnecting with his long-lost father, who had been homeless for decades. Estevez’s mom saw Rhymefest’s doc when her son was working on “The Public,” a drama about homeless people who refuse to leave a public library during a brutal winter night. Rhymefest says Estevez’s mom said to her son, “This young guy from Chicago has to be in your movie.” By Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.


—TROOPER KILLED-ELLIS: A visitation and funeral are set for an Illinois State Police trooper who was killed when a wrong-way driver struck his squad car. Photo.

—STRANGULATION DEATH-LOMBARD: Prosecutors say a suburban Chicago woman has pleaded guilty to fatally strangling her mother last year.

—OFFICER KILLED-CHICAGO-CHARGES: Chicago police say a third man has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of an off-duty officer last month.

—CHICAGO SYMPHONY-STRIKE: The union that represents striking Chicago Symphony musicians is returning to the bargaining table with orchestra officials.

—COPPER THEFTS: Two men charged in connection with a rash of copper wire thefts in northwestern Indiana and neighboring Illinois communities have pleaded guilty in the case.

—BBN--WRIGLEY FIELD-ACCESSIBLE SEATING: Wrigley Field’s renovation has added wheelchair-accessible seats following a federal lawsuit filed last year.

—ARCELORMITTAL-WORKER DEATH: Officials have released the name of a steelworker who died in a train accident at the ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor steel mill in northwestern Indiana.

—ILLINOIS-ONLINE WATER SYSTEM REPORTS: Illinois residents are now able to review the number of lead service lines in their community’s water system.



ATLANTA _ Cubs left-hander Jon Lester will look for his second win when Chicago faces Julio Teheran and the Braves on Wednesday night. Teheran is 3-1 in eight career starts against the Cubs. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6:20 p.m. CT.


CLEVELAND _ Just the sight of Corey Kluber is normally enough to weaken and wobble the White Sox. They finally toughened up against him. Jose Abreu drove in three runs, Leury Garcia had four hits and Chicago knocked around Kluber for a change, beating Cleveland’s ace and the Indians 8-3 on Wednesday. Abreu’s two-run double in the fourth inning chased Kluber (0-2), who had won nine straight decisions over Chicago dating four seasons. The two-time AL Cy Young winner has owned the White Sox, going 4-0 against them last season and 13-4 in his career. By Tim Withers. SENT: 985 words, photos.


—BBA--WHITE SOX-HOME OPENER PPD: The White Sox have postponed their home opener a day in advance because of rain is forecast. SENT: 80 words.


WASHINGTON _ Two of the NBA’s worst teams meet Wednesday evening when the already eliminated Washington Wizards host the already eliminated Chicago Bulls. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO _ The surging, playoff-bound St. Louis Blues meet the Chicago Blackhawks. St. Louis has already wrapped up a playoff berth and still has a chance to win the Central Division. Chicago is out of playoff contention. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.


FBN--BEARS-MOVE: The Chicago Bears have re-signed long snapper Patrick Scales to a one-year contract.


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