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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



CHICAGO _ A strategy seems to be emerging for how R. Kelly’s legal team intends to defend him against charges he sexually assaulted three girls and an adult woman. At trial, they’re likely to question the veracity of his accusers. Both Kelly and his attorney have said they are lying. Other statements indicate they’ll argue that, even if Kelly had sex with them, it was consensual and he thought they were of age. Prosecutors will try to corroborate the accusations, including with DNA evidence. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ A Chicago judge is expected to rule on whether to let R. Kelly travel overseas to perform several concerts to help the cash-strapped singer pay legal and other bills as he faces sex-abuse charges. A hearing Friday follows a defense motion saying the 52-year-old singer hopes to do up to five April concerts in Dubai. One bond condition was that Kelly not travel outside Illinois unless he got the judge’s permission. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 140 words, photos. Will be updated. Developing from 9:45 a.m. CT hearing.


CHICAGO _ More than 100 Chicago Symphony musicians are picketing in shifts in front of the orchestra’s historic downtown building as they strike over wages and retirement benefits. Congressmen, mayoral candidates, musical theater performers and their own maestro Riccardo Muti have visited the picket line offering support since the strike started March 11. By Caryn Rousseau. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.



JAKARTA, Indonesia _ Indonesia’s flag carrier is seeking the cancellation of a multibillion-dollar order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets, citing a loss of confidence in the model following two crashes in the space of a few months. PT Garuda Indonesia’s spokesman Ikhsan Rosan said Friday that the airline, which had ordered 50 Max 8 jets in 2014 and received just one, has written to Chicago-based Boeing requesting to cancel the order worth $4.9 billion. By Niniek Karmini. SENT: 330 words, photos.


—STATE FAIR-SHINEDOWN: Alternative rock band Shinedown will appear at the Illinois State Fair in August.

—ROUTE 66-LOSING PRESERVATION?: Final grant season for an endangered federal program that’s helped preserve the historic Route 66 Highway for two decades is ending next month.

—LAKE COUNTY-VOTING PRECINCTS: Election officials in northwestern Indiana’s Lake County have approved a state-mandated consolidation of the county’s small voting precincts.



AMES, Iowa _ Third-seeded Iowa State looks to get back to the Sweet Sixteen with the help of some Hilton Coliseum magic. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 500 words.


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