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

January 21, 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. Sara Burnett 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY

PATRONAGE POSITIONS-ILLINOIS

SPRINGFIELD — Former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration reclassified thousands of state jobs so an applicant’s political loyalty and connections may no longer be considered during the hiring process, according to a former administration official. Joe Hartzler, who was a special counsel to Rauner, told The State Journal-Register that the administration likely made changes to 2,500 positions that were once exempt from anti-patronage protections. He called it “a radical change.” SENT: 350 words.

AROUND THE STATE

LOCKED UP FOR LIFE-THREE YEARS LATER

Locked up for life at 15, Norman Brown remains defined by the crime that put him behind bars. Twenty-seven years ago, Brown joined a neighbor more than twice his age to rob a jewelry shop in Chesterfield, Missouri, and the man shot the owner to death. The shooter was executed. But state officials, bound by a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, pledged to give Brown an opportunity to get out — then rejected parole in a process a federal judge ruled recently must be overhauled. Three years after the Supreme Court gave inmates like Brown a chance at freedom, the justice system is gaining speed in revisiting scores of cases. By Sharon Cohen and Adam Geller. SENT: 2,065 words, photos. Moved Sunday and available for use. An abridged version, at 950 words, also moved.

WINTER WEATHER

BOSTON — Bitter cold is setting in after a major winter storm blanketed a wide swath of the country in snow, sleet and rain this weekend, creating dangerously icy conditions that promise to complicate cleanup efforts and make travel challenging on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Some of the coldest temperatures felt so far this season started to set in across the Midwest and Northeast Sunday and are expected to plunge further overnight. SENT: 825 words, photos.

WITH: WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST

IN BRIEF

_ INFANT SHOT: Authorities say an infant was taken to a Springfield hospital after she was shot in the lower half of her body.

_ SNOW FORT-FATAL: A 12-year-old girl has died after a snow fort collapsed while she was playing outside a church in suburban Chicago.

_ MLK DAY-EVENTS: People across Illinois are honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with service projects, meals and celebrations.

_ BLACK HAWK STATUE: State officials are asking the public for help as they plan for a plaza around the 107-year-old Black Hawk statue in northern Illinois.

_ INDIANA DUNES-NATIONAL PARK: A new effort is being made in Congress to designate the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore along Lake Michigan as a national park.

_ AMTRAK-HITS VEHICLE-INDIANA: An Amtrak train from Chicago to Grand Rapids, Michigan, hit an unoccupied vehicle on the track in Indiana, but no passengers or crew were injured.

SPORTS:

BKN--BULLS-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND _ Back from a rough road trip, the Cavaliers, who have lost 15 of 16, host the Chicago Bulls in a Martin Luther King Day matinee. Game time 1 p.m.

BNK--WADE-WEEKEND CELEBRATION

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A win inside the building where as a skinny kid two decades ago Dwyane Wade dared to dream. Displays of love from the city where he was raised. Shows of love from the school where he became a national name. A surprise arrival by family members to cap a celebration that included ovation after ovation after ovation. This was Wade’s weekend. It wasn’t the last steps of Wade’s final season as an NBA player, but what took place in Chicago on Saturday and Milwaukee on Sunday will be among the most memorable moments he cherishes during this yearlong commemoration of his basketball life. Chicago celebrated a native son who has never forgotten where he came from. Milwaukee and Marquette celebrated the hero of their Final Four team 16 years ago. By AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

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