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

March 25, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ A young Chicago off-duty police officer was gunned down in a parked car by a man who was looking for a Hispanic person to attack after a confrontation at a fast-food restaurant, the city’s police chief said Monday. “I guess he settled for the first Hispanic he saw,” Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. Murder charges were filed in the weekend slaying of John Rivera. The 23-year-old was repeatedly shot while sitting in a car with three friends after visiting a pizza bar early Saturday in Chicago’s River North area. Another person was injured. SENT:



The relationship between Chicago-based Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration, which has set the global standard in aviation safety for decades, will come under unprecedented scrutiny this week after two deadly airline crashes. By David Koenig and Tom Krisher. SENT: 932 words.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ Survivors of sexual assault in Illinois will soon be able to monitor online the progress of DNA evidence related to their case, state police said. Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly announced Sunday that the Division of Forensic Services will implement an online sexual assault tracking system by the end of the year. The system will let survivors track their rape kits as they move through the DNA testing process from the hospital, to the forensic lab and ending at the state’s attorney’s office. SENT: 240 words.


_ SEX OFFENDER-NEW CHARGES: A convicted sex offender is being held without bond in connection with the kidnapping and sexual assault of a northern Illinois college student.

_ LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE-ILLINOIS-AUDIT: An audit has criticized the state’s response to the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the Quincy veterans’ home that caused 13 deaths .

_ TROOPERS STRUCK-MOVE OVER: Fourteen state police officers have been struck in roadside crashes this year. Gov. J.B. Pritzker urges motorists to observe Illinois’ “Mover Over Law.”

_ SCHOOLS-AIR CONDITIONING: If kids could vote, a ballot proposal next week in Kankakee County probably would win in a breeze.

_ CHICAGO VIOLENCE: Chicago police say a woman was fatally shot and her husband and their young son were wounded after shots were fired at them as they sat in a parked vehicle.

_ CPS FUNDS: Chicago Public Schools is giving $32 million to 32 of its schools to further develop academic programs impacting some 17,000 students.

_ WIU PROFESSOR: A Western Illinois University professor has won an award for the third time in seven years in a national meteorological forecast competition.

_ PROSECUTOR KILLED: A DeKalb, County, prosecutor was shot and killed over the weekend in Wisconsin in what authorities allege was a case of domestic violence.

_ INDIANA DEATHS: Authorities say a 13-year-old boy and his 35-year-old mother were fatally shot at their northwestern Indiana home and police are trying to identify two men spotted nearby.

_ WOMAN DEAD-REST AREA: A man jailed in Texas is charged with killing a Morton, Illinois, woman at an Interstate 55 rest area in Missouri last fall.



PHOENIX _ As part of the celebration of its 100th season, the NFL will break from tradition and feature the Packers vs. the Bears in its season opener Sept. 5. Usually, the Super Bowl champion is the home team for the prime-time opener, but the league wants to salute historic rivalries in 2019. None fits better than Chicago-Green Bay. The teams have met 198 times since 1921, when the Bears were the Chicago Staleys. Green Bay leads the series 97-95-6, including the clubs splitting two postseason games. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 370 words, photos.


WASHINTON _ The Supreme Court says it won’t step in to referee a copyright dispute between Nike and a photographer who took a well-known image of basketball great Michael Jordan. That means lower court rulings for the athletic apparel maker will stand. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 309 words.


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