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

May 22, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _Gov. J.B. Pritzker is undaunted by the task of convincing taxpayers to swallow $1.8 billion in new and increased taxes to pay for a massive state construction program. The Democrat told reporters Wednesday that increased in motor fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees and new taxes on such things as video streaming and ride-sharing are necessary to fix a crumbling infrastructure. By Political Writer John O’Connor. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ A pregnant woman is seeking asylum in a Chicago church after she says she received a deportation order and must leave the U.S. Adilene Marquina has a high-risk pregnancy and is afraid to travel back to Mexico. She is now staying at the Faith, Life and Hope Mission because it’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy not to make arrests in places of worship. Marquina has until Thursday to leave the country. Her baby is due July 23. SENT: 300 words, photos.


WASHINGTON _ A Democratic lawmaker is blaming the Trump administration for the deaths of five migrant children in U.S. custody _ an assertion that’s led to a heated argument at a House hearing. Republicans are denouncing the comment by Lauren Underwood, an Illinois congresswoman. She’s told the Homeland Security Department’s acting head that “at this point, with five children dead and thousands separated, it’s a policy choice being made by this administration and it’s inhumane.” By Colleen Long. SENT: 730 words, photos.



BEIJING _ China is stepping up pressure on Chicago-based Boeing Co. as its airlines demand compensation for the grounding of 737 Max jetliners after fatal crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. Two of three major state-owned carriers — Air China Ltd. and China Southern Airlines Ltd. — said Wednesday they want compensation for their aircraft being grounded. The third, China Eastern Airlines Ltd., announced a similar request last month. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 400 words, photo. On business wire.


BOEING PLANE-UNITED: CEO Oscar Munoz says he will be aboard United Airlines’ first flight of a Boeing 737 Max once regulators agree to let the aircraft fly again.


_ CHICAGO POLICE-FATAL SHOOTING: Chicago police say officers fatally shot an armed man who had barricaded himself in a home on the city’s South Side after he apparently fired a weapon.

_GROUP HOMES-ILLINOIS: Three nonprofit groups are suing the state to stop a new case management plan for thousands of Illinoisans who receive publicly funded care in group homes.

—SCHOOL BUS-SHOOTING: Police say stray gunfire struck a suburban school bus after it dropped students at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

—QUINCY-FIRE DEATHS: A judge has sentenced a western Illinois man to five years in prison for an October fire that killed his 8-year-old son and a 5-year-old girl.

—CHILD DEATH-MOTHER CHARGED: A judge has sentenced a 23-year-old Charleston woman to 20 years in prison in the death of her 2-year-old son in 2017.

—TEEN KILLED-SEX TRAFFICKING: Federal prosecutors are seeking a 40-year prison sentence for man found guilty of sex-trafficking a Chicago teenager who was murdered.

—BODY IDENTIFIED: A man found dead near a south St. Louis County park last week has been identified as a man reported missing in Illinois earlier this month.

—FLAMINGO EUTHANIZED: Officials at a zoo in Illinois had to euthanize a flamingo after it was struck by a rock thrown by a child.

—WILD TURKEY HARVEST: Illinois hunters harvested more than 15,000 wild turkeys during the spring season, up from nearly 13,500 last year.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ Chuck Pagano made the most of his time away from the sideline. He’s also glad to be coaching again. The Chicago Bears’ new defensive coordinator gets to put his stamp on a unit that emerged as one of the best the past four seasons under Vic Fangio, particularly now that offseason workouts are underway. “You ask any player that’s been let go or put on the street and then been given another opportunity, another team, another locker room, coaches to be around, players to be around, come out here and run around like a kid again — there’s nothing better,” Pagano said Wednesday. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 790 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ Cole Hamels makes his first start against his former team when the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies continue their four-game series Wednesday. Hamels won 114 games for the Phillies before he was traded to Texas in July 2015. Philadelphia rookie Cole Irvin tries to go to 3-0. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. CT.


HOUSTON _ Houston’s Gerrit Cole looks to give the Astros their third straight win as they continue a four-game series with the White Sox on Wednesday. Ivan Nova pitches for the White Sox who lost 5-1 on Tuesday night when Justin Verlander allowed just one hit in eight innings. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CT.


NEW YORK _ The Washington Mystics sit atop the preseason Associated Press WNBA poll for the first time. The runner-up from last season’s WNBA Finals received five first-place votes from the 14-person national media panel Wednesday. Washington is led by Elena Delle Donne, who was the panel’s preseason player of the year. She is receiving treatment for a leg injury and may miss the start of the season. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 480 words, photos.


Coming off a surprising appearance in the Big Ten title game, Northwestern and coach Pat Fitzgerald replace a four-year starting quarterback with former five-star recruit this season. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Fitzgerald plays it coy with the Wildcats’ quarterback competition, but tackles college football’s transfer issues and talks about why the NFL couldn’t pull him away from his alma mater. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 160 words, photos.


—BBC--BIG TEN-MARYLAND-ILLINOIS: Maxwell Costes and Justin Vought each hit two-run homers in the eighth inning and Maryland beat third-seeded Illinois 6-2 on Wednesday in the opener of the Big Ten Tournament. SENT: 130 words.


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