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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

May 21, 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. Caryn Rousseau is on the desk, followed by Herbert 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO _ A local sheriff’s office wants to know if a suburban Chicago hospital violated state law by not immediately reporting that a woman who claimed to be the mother of a newborn had not given birth. The woman was later charged with strangling the baby’s mother and cutting the newborn from her womb. The Cook County Sheriff”s Office said Monday that it will ask the state’s child welfare agency to determine if a suburban Chicago hospital acted properly in the case. SENT: 440 words, photos. Moved late yesterday and available for use.


OKLAHOMA CITY _ A powerful storm system has spawned a confirmed tornado near Tulsa International Airport, after shutting down an interstate highway and prompting water rescues elsewhere in the state. More tornadoes, along with hail and damaging winds were predicted as the storms moved to the east. SENT: 210 words, photos, video.


—SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST: The latest on severe weather in the central United States. Will be updated as developments occur. Photos. Videos.


—WORKER SIGN-DEATH: Authorities say an Illinois man who died while working on a sign at a restaurant in northwestern Indiana was accidentally pinned and crushed.

—FULTON SHEEN-REMAINS: Officials of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria say their counterparts in the Archdiocese of New York are trying to halt the transfer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s remains to Illinois.

—BRADLEY UNIVERSITY-PRESIDENT: Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois has announced President Gary Roberts will retire next year.

—ASIAN CARP-GREAT LAKES: Officials say genetic material from Asian carp has been detected near Lake Michigan, but a follow-up search turned up none of the invasive fish.

—CHICAGO ZOO-BABY RHINO: Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo says an eastern black rhinoceros named Kapuki has given birth to a calf.

—CANAL CLEANUP-INDIANA: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a $26 million cleanup will begin this month of contamination on the Lake George Canal in northwestern Indiana.

—SEALT BELT ENFORCEMENT: It’s “border to border” seat-belt enforcement for Illinois police agencies through Memorial Day.

—HONORING CROSSING GUARDS: Gov. J.B. Pritzker has proclaimed Tuesday is Crossing Guard Appreciation Day in Illinois.



CHICAGO _ The Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs continue a four-game series between the NL East and Central leaders Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Zach Eflin starts for Philadelphia _ a 5-4 winner in 10 innings Monday _ and Jose Quintana pitches for Chicago. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:05 p.m. CT.


HOUSTON _ Houston’s Justin Verlander looks for his fourth-straight win and to help the Astros to their 12th victory in 13 games on Tuesday as they continue a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox. Dylan Covey will start for the White Sox, who have dropped two in a row. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CT.


NEW YORK _ The rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will take a twist when they meet in London next month: They will play on artificial turf for the first time in more than 2,200 games over a century. Major League Baseball has access to Olympic Stadium for 21 days before the games. The league concluded there was not enough time to install real grass. The stadium will be the site of major league games in 2020 — a series between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals is the leading candidate. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 990 words, photo.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. _ Illinois defensive end Bobby Roundtree was speaking, eating and sitting up after severely injuring his spine in a weekend swimming accident near his Florida home, a school spokesman said Monday. Roundtree had surgery at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor on Sunday, a day after the accident, the university announced earlier Monday. SENT: 210 words.


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