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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 6pm, IL

April 10, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO _ Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot delivered a brief speech to the Illinois House, during which she introduced herself and promised to cooperate with legislators. Lightfoot on Wednesday also met with Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who said 40 minutes later the two had mutual interests and their discussion was “terrific.” Lightfoot described the meeting as productive, adding there were a lot of things the two need to be aligned on, about which discussions have begun. SENT: 295 words.



LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ Amtrak has stopped taking reservations beyond July 1 for an Indianapolis-to-Chicago passenger line that will come to a halt unless Indiana lawmakers provide $3 million annually for it under the state’s next two-year budget. The government-owned passenger rail service is also contacting more the 500 people who have booked seats on the Hoosier State line, warning them they will need to make other travel arrangements if Indiana lawmakers end funding for the 196-mile (315-kilometer) route that runs four days a week. The halt in reservations amounts to a 90-day notice that the line could close. SENT: 435 words.



NEW YORK _ A Boeing shareholder is suing the Chicago-based company for allegedly hiding problems with its 737 Max jet to push its shares higher. Shareholder Richard Seeks argues that Boeing should have told investors about safety problems with its best-selling plane after a fatal crash in October. Instead, it pushed the stock up to artificial highs by speaking optimistically about future sales before a second fatal crash in March sent shares tumbling, he says. The federal suit also named Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg and the chief financial officer, Gregory Smith, as defendants. By Bernard Condon. SENT: 420 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Small business owners wary of what they see as signs of a weaker economy have been scaling back hiring in recent months and finding ways to get work done without new employees. Some owners, especially those who learned lessons from the last recession, are using freelancers and depending more on technology. The latest evidence of a hiring slowdown came last week, when payroll provider ADP said its small business customers, those with up to 49 employees, created just 6,000 jobs in March. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 920 words, photos. Illinois editors note Chicago interest.


—CHICAGO MAYOR-DEVELOPMENT: The Chicago City Council has approved $2.4 billion in tax subsidies for two major developments after the city’s incoming mayor said she would drop her opposition.

—CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD: A hearing is set for four Chicago police officers who are fighting their dismissals following accusations they covered up a white officer’s 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

—OFFICER-STAGED SUICIDE: A judge has ruled that spousal privilege laws prevent certain evidence from being used at the trial of the wife of a police lieutenant who killed himself and made it look like it was a line-of-duty death.

—MEASLES-ILLINOIS: Measles outbreaks across the country have prompted several Illinois health systems to pressure parents who haven’t vaccinated their children to do so.

—FUNGUS OUTBREAK-ILLINOIS: Illinois public health officials are warning against a potentially deadly fungus that is resistant to several drugs.

—XGR--HOOSIER STATE-AMTRAK: Amtrak has stopped taking reservations beyond July 1 for an Indianapolis-to-Chicago passenger line that could soon lose funding from the state of Indiana.



CHICAGO _ Right-handers Yu Darvish and Jordan Lyles get the ball as the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates resume their series Wednesday after an off day. The Cubs rolled to a 10-0 win in their home opener on Monday, only to lose ace Jon Lester to a hamstring injury early in the game. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. CT.


BBN--CUBS-LESTER: Left-hander Jon Lester was put on the 10-day injured list by the Chicago Cubs because of a strained left hamstring.


DES MOINES, Iowa _ The Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ is trying to cut down on his strikeouts without thinking about cutting down on his strikeouts. Happ was optioned to Triple-A Iowa in late March after a terrible spring training at the plate. Happ totaled 39 home runs during the past two seasons but struck out 296 times. The 24-year-old utility player has struck out nine times in 27 at-bats so far for the I-Cubs, but has a team-high eight RBIs in six games. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 440 words.


CHICAGO _ The Tampa Bay Rays look to go to 10-3 and complete the sweep when they close out a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. Tyler Glasnow looks to continue his solid start for Tampa Bay, which Chicago’s Reynaldo Lopez tries to get on track. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m. CT.


PHILADELPHIA _ The Chicago Bulls close out their season Wednesday with a road game against the Philadelphia 76ers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.


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