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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 1:30 pm, IL

May 7, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

CHILD DEATHS-ILLINOIS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ An audit finds that there was an 11% increase in child-abuse and -neglect investigations from 2015 to 2017 while the state’s timeliness in responding to complaints and in completing investigations slowed and investigators’ caseloads violated a federal consent decree. The review of the Department of Children and Family Services released Tuesday made 13 recommendations for improvement. DCFS is again facing withering criticism for its role in the deaths of three children since January. By AP Political Writer John O’Connor. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

R KELLY

CHICAGO _ Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti involved himself in the R. Kelly sex abuse case by saying he was representing two of the alleged victims but on Tuesday it became clear he may be involved in a way he didn’t anticipate: As a witness. At a court hearing, Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg reiterated his demand for communications between Avenatti and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office. The judge told Greenberg he wanted to know specifically what he wants from prosecutors and why the material is important. By Don Babwin. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, video.

With:

—R KELLY-THE LATEST: The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly. Will be updated as developments occur.

SANDRA BLAND-TROOPER

AUSTIN, Texas _ Cellphone video Sandra Bland took during a confrontational 2015 traffic stop in Texas with a state trooper has surfaced publicly for the first time. The 39-second clip shows the black Chicago-area woman’s perspective as the white trooper draws a stun gun and orders her out of her car. The 28-year-old Bland was found hanging in her jail cell outside Houston three days after her arrest. Her death became a flashpoint in the debate over the treatment of black people by police. By Paul J. Weber and Clarice Silber. SENT: 700 words, photos.

SPRING FLOODING

ST. LOUIS _ Residents of a small Missouri town are busy sandbagging yet another levee being threatened by a seemingly ceaseless flood. The Pin Oak Levee protects a little over 100 homes in the low-lying area of Winfield, a Mississippi River community of 1,400 residents 45 miles northwest of St. Louis. Waves of flooding that began in March have caused significant damage to farmland, homes and businesses throughout the Midwest. By Jim Salter. SENT: 370 words, photos.

With:

—SPRING FLOODING-ILLINOIS RIVER: The U.S. Coast Guard has ordered the Illinois River closed to all commercial and recreational traffic due to high waters north and south of Peoria. SENT: 140 words.

—SPRING FLOODING-THE LATEST: The Latest on flooding in the Midwest. Will be updated as developments occur.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

TRUMP TAXES-STATES

TRENTON, N.J. _ Congress won’t be seeing President Donald Trump’s tax returns any time soon, but it’s not the only way Democrats are trying to pry them loose. So far this year, lawmakers in more than a dozen states have introduced bills that would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns as a condition for appearing on the state ballot. Critics say such laws could run afoul of the U.S. Constitution and could lead future legislatures to place all kinds of other restrictions on candidates. By Michael Catalini and Geoff Mulvihill. UPCOMING: 600 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

—FORMER OFFICER-CHARGES: A former Chicago police sergeant has been charged in an attack at a gay club last year that left two men seriously injured.

—STRAY BULLET-FATAL: A Chicago man is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of woman who was struck with a stray bullet while shopping for a phone.

—RIDE-HAILING DRIVER-CHARGES: Authorities say a former Lyft ride-hailing driver is accused of twice sexually assaulting a female passenger in suburban Chicago.

—ARSON CONVICTION-VACATED: A DuPage County judge has ruled that a man exonerated of his mother-in-law’s death shouldn’t receive a certificate of innocence.

—DNR-LAW ENFORCEMENT: A state representative from southern Illinois has resigned to become the director of law enforcement for the state Department of Natural Resources.

—TWINS RESEARCH-ILLINOIS: Two Illinois universities are putting together what they say is the first database to focus on twins in the state.

—INTERSTATE 55-RENAMING: A portion of Interstate 55 near Bloomington will be renamed to honor a former resident who killed while serving in Afghanistan.

SPORTS:

BBN--CUBS-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

CHICAGO _ The Chicago Cubs got help from a local domestic violence organization in the wake of Addison Russell’s suspension, rekindling a decades-old relationship. Family Rescue provided domestic violence training for the club’s staff during spring training. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

BBN--MARLINS-CUBS

CHICAGO _ Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs open a four-game series Tuesday evening against the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET.

BBA--WHITE SOX-INDIANS

CLEVELAND _ The Chicago White Sox look for another win Tuesday as they take on the Cleveland Indians in the second game of a four-game road stand. The White Sox won Monday’s match 9-1. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5:10 p.m. CT.

SOC--US WOMEN-EQUAL PAY

The U.S. Soccer Federation has filed a court document denying allegations of gender discrimination made by players of the U.S. women’s national team. Twenty-eight members of the current women’s player pool filed the lawsuit March 8 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, alleging “institutionalized gender discrimination” that includes unequal pay with their counterparts on the men’s national team. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 440 words, photo.

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