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

May 22, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

—Editors please note: AUTISM-POLICE VIRTUAL TRAINING listed on the morning advisory will not move this cycle.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he’s not concerned about selling new taxes to fund a major state construction program because taxpayers understand the state’s infrastructure deficiencies. The Democrat last week proposed a $41.5 billion, six-year improvement program for roads and bridges, schools and more. He would double the gas tax, hike vehicle registration fees, and implement taxes on ride-sharing, Netflix and more to finance it. By Political Writer John O’Connor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ A pregnant woman is seeking asylum in a Chicago church after she says she received a deportation order and must leave the U.S. Adilene Marquina has a high-risk pregnancy and is afraid to travel back to Mexico. She is now staying at the Faith, Life and Hope Mission because it’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy not to make arrests in places of worship. Marquina has until Thursday to leave the country. Her baby is due July 23. UPCOMING: 280 words, photos pursuing.


WASHINGTON _ A Democratic lawmaker is blaming the Trump administration for the deaths of five migrant children in U.S. custody _ an assertion that’s led to a heated argument at a House hearing. Republicans are denouncing the comment by Lauren Underwood, an Illinois congresswoman. She’s told the Homeland Security Department’s acting head that “at this point, with five children dead and thousands separated, it’s a policy choice being made by this administration and it’s inhumane.” By Colleen Long. SENT: 650 words, photos.


—SCHOOL BUS-SHOOTING: Police say stray gunfire struck a suburban school bus after it dropped students at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

—QUINCY-FIRE DEATHS: A judge has sentenced a western Illinois man to five years in prison for an October fire that killed his 8-year-old son and a 5-year-old girl.

—CHILD DEATH-MOTHER CHARGED: A judge has sentenced a 23-year-old Charleston woman to 20 years in prison in the death of her 2-year-old son in 2017.

—TEEN KILLED-SEX TRAFFICKING: Federal prosecutors are seeking a 40-year prison sentence for man found guilty of sex-trafficking a Chicago teenager who was murdered.

—BODY IDENTIFIED: A man found dead near a south St. Louis County park last week has been identified as a man reported missing in Illinois earlier this month.

—FLAMINGO EUTHANIZED: Officials at a zoo in Illinois had to euthanize a flamingo after it was struck by a rock thrown by a child.

—WILD TURKEY HARVEST: Illinois hunters harvested more than 15,000 wild turkeys during the spring season, up from nearly 13,500 last year.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ The Chicago Bears’ defense emerged as one of the NFL’s best under Vic Fangio. With offseason workouts under way, new coordinator Vic Fangio is putting his stamp on it. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words.


CHICAGO _ Cole Hamels makes his first start against his former team when the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies continue their four-game series Wednesday. Hamels won 114 games for the Phillies before he was traded to Texas in July 2015. Philadelphia rookie Cole Irvin tries to go to 3-0. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. CT.


HOUSTON _ Houston’s Gerrit Cole looks to give the Astros their third straight win as they continue a four-game series with the White Sox on Wednesday. Ivan Nova pitches for the White Sox who lost 5-1 on Tuesday night when Justin Verlander allowed just one hit in eight innings. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CT.


NEW YORK _ The Washington Mystics sit atop the preseason Associated Press WNBA poll for the first time. The runner-up from last season’s WNBA Finals received five first-place votes from the 14-person national media panel Wednesday. Washington is led by Elena Delle Donne, who was the panel’s preseason player of the year. She is receiving treatment for a leg injury and may miss the start of the season. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 480 words, photos.


Coming off a surprising appearance in the Big Ten title game, Northwestern and coach Pat Fitzgerald replace a four-year starting quarterback with former five-star recruit this season. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Fitzgerald plays it coy with the Wildcats’ quarterback competition, but tackles college football’s transfer issues and talks about why the NFL couldn’t pull him away from his alma mater. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 160 words, photos.


—BBC--BIG TEN-MARYLAND-ILLINOIS: Maxwell Costes and Justin Vought each hit two-run homers in the eighth inning and Maryland beat third-seeded Illinois 6-2 on Wednesday in the opener of the Big Ten Tournament. SENT: 130 words.


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