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

May 13, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



NEW YORK _ The Fox network says “Empire” will be back this fall for its final season, but Fox executives in announcing the 2019-20 season say that Jussie Smollett’s future in the show is unclear. Smollett was accused of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself in Chicago. The charges were dropped. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.


_ UNIVERSITY-CONSOLIDATION: A Missouri-based university will end daytime undergraduate programs at its campus in Belleville, Illinois, after the 2019-20 academic year.

_ FALSE EMERGENCY CALLS-ARREST: Authorities say a Chicago man has been accused of falsely reporting a bomb threat and the shootings of police officers.

_ CHICAGO POLICE-SHOOTING: A man who died after engaging in what authorities described as an “armed confrontation” with Chicago police officers has been identified.

_ CHICAGO POLICE-SHOOTING: A man who died after what authorities described as an armed confrontation with officers has been identified. UPCOMING: 130 words.

_ FREEPORT-CUBS FIELD MONUMENT: A monument celebrating the 1876 inaugural edition of the Chicago Cubs will be placed at Freeport’s replica Wrigley Field.



CHICAGO _ Shane Bieber pitches for the Cleveland Indians when they visit the Chicago White Sox. Bieber is unbeaten in four road starts this season. Reynaldo López starts for Chicago. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:10 p.m.


CHICAGO _ Zion Williamson’s immediate future is likely to be decided by the bounce of 14 ping-pong balls. The NBA draft lottery is Tuesday night in Chicago, where some team will be awarded the No.-1 pick in the June 20 draft _ and, presumably, the chance to grab Williamson with that selection. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 750 words, photos.


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