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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

May 15, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 study has found that Illinois’ child welfare agency is so intent on keeping children with their parents and out of foster care that it has sometimes left children in grave danger. The study released Wednesday is comes after Gov. J.B. Pritzker asked the University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall research center to examine the Department of Children and Family Services unit that oversees households in which the kids are left at home after allegations of abuse or neglect. By Don Babwin. SENT: 850 words, photos.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ A staff writer for Illinois’ capital-city newspaper says its editor has resigned to spare more layoffs. Angie Muhs resigned from The State Journal-Register on Friday. Longtime health writer and union steward Dean Olsen says Muhs told him that part of her reason was to save parent company GateHouse Media money so there wouldn’t be more staff cuts. Muhs declined comment. Messages left with GateHouse seeking comment were not returned. By John O’Connor. SENT: 800 words, photos. Moved late yesterday and available for use.


WASHINGTON _ With Congress stepping up its investigation into the troubled Boeing 737 Max airliner and how it passed regulatory safety checks, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration will appear before a House aviation panel. Acting FAA head Daniel Elwell is scheduled to testify Wednesday while a Senate committee hears from President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the agency on a permanent basis. SENT: 420 words, photo.


—ABORTION CLINICS-THREATS: A northwestern Indiana man who pleaded guilty to charges alleging he sent threatening messages to two Chicago-area abortion clinics has been sentenced to 1½ years in prison.

—MILWAUKEE KINGS GANG-CHARGED: Chicago’s U.S. attorney’s office says four members of the city’s Milwaukee Kings street gang have been charged with committing murder in aid of racketeering.

—HIV PLAN-ILLINOIS: A new plan has been introduced that aims to end HIV in Illinois by the year 2030.

—ZOMBIE RACOONS: A suburban Chicago police department is warning about “zombie raccoons,” saying they are very real and very dangerous to the family dog.

—HIGH WATER-SHOREBIRDS: High water in the Great Lakes may spell trouble for the piping plover, an endangered bird that builds its nests on shorelines.



CHICAGO _ John Beilein has no doubt leaving Michigan for the Cleveland Cavaliers is the right move to make. He decided it was time to jump to the NBA and see if he can win on basketball’s biggest stage after molding winners at the college level for 41 years. The offensive whiz who re-established the Wolverines as national championship contenders will try to orchestrate a similar turnaround in Cleveland. There’s never a good time to leave,” he said following the draft lottery in Chicago on Tuesday. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 820 words, photos.


CINCINNATI _ Yu Darvish tries to recover from a wild start when the surging Chicago Cubs face the Cincinnati Reds in the second game of their series Wednesday. The Cubs are 10-2 in May, their best start to the month since 1977. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5:40 p.m. CT.


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