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BC-Illinois News Digest 1:30 pm

January 9, 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. Jeff Karoub is on the desk, followed by Herb 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



An Illinois man imprisoned for more than two decades for a murder conviction obtained with shoddy ballistic evidence is getting a chance to prove his innocence with a new trial that begins Thursday. Patrick Pursley, 52, spent the bulk of his time in prison representing himself, filing motions and trying to convince courts to retest the evidence using a more advanced system that links shell casings to guns. His efforts eventually made Illinois the only state in the country that allows retesting of ballistic evidence in appeals using technology that’s primarily used to put criminals behind bars, not exonerate them. By Ivan Moreno. SENT: 600 words, photo.


STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — A Georgia man involved with a recent documentary detailing abuse allegations against R. Kelly told police the singer’s manager threatened him. Timothy Savage told an officer on Jan. 3 that Don Russell had texted him saying it would be best for him and his family if the documentary didn’t air, according to a Henry County police report. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: May be updated.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ A new Illinois legislative session begins Wednesday with the inauguration of House and Senate members for the 101st General Assembly. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.




_ ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: A former Illinois state representative who resigned last year amid allegations that he posted online explicit photos of an ex-girlfriend has been indicted on 12 felony counts of disseminating private sexual images.



CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating an incident in which a white manager of a downtown restaurant threw a plastic chair at a black teenager inside the business. The department issued a news release on Wednesday after media reports about the Jan. 2 incident at Poke Poke restaurant. SENT: 130 words.


_ CHILD SHOT-ILLINOIS: Authorities say a 1-year-old girl was shot in the arm while walking to a store with her father in southern Illinois.

_ BOEING-AIRBUS-PLANES: Boeing is keeping its title as the world’s leading maker of airliners, a nose ahead of Airbus. Europe-based Airbus, which assembles some planes in the U.S., said Wednesday it delivered 800 commercial aircraft in 2018. That’s six less than Boeing’s record year, announced earlier this week.

_ OPIOID DEATHS-CORONER’S BUDGET: The coroner in a suburban Chicago county says rising opioid-related deaths has caused a budget overrun.

_ BURLINGTON SLAYING: A March trial has been scheduled for an Illinois resident accused of killing a man in southeast Iowa.

_ 2017 SLAYING ARREST: Authorities say suspect in the New Year’s Eve 2017 shooting death of a woman in Texas has been captured in northwestern Indiana.

_ VETERANS HOME-LEGIONNAIRES: The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs says it’s taking action after a case of Legionnaires’ disease was confirmed at a home for veterans.



PORTLAND _ The Chicago Bulls visit the Portland Trail Blazers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ Iowa plays Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merits.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos general manager John Elway has decided on Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as his new head coach, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced the hiring. SENT: 700 words, photos.


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