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

May 12, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 1:30 p.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org. Sara Burnett 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —This year’s Illinois governor’s race between uber-wealthy candidates could be the costliest in U.S. history and perfectly illustrates the need for a campaign finance system that isn’t so rigged in favor of the rich, say critics pushing for a system that would match small donations with public funds. The small-donor matching program won approval in the Illinois Senate last year but its chances are bleak in the state House, despite the attention given to two inordinately wealthy candidates who are financing their campaigns with millions of dollars of their own money. By Sarah Zimmerman. UPCOMING: 775 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT TRAIL

CHICAGO - The Illinois Office of Tourism has created a new self-guided architectural tour that’s dedicated to the work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The tourism trail includes 13 Wright-designed buildings that are open to the public, the Chicago Tribune reported. Stops include multiple attractions in Chicago, the Laurent House in Rockford and the Dana-Thomas House in Springfield. SENT: 340 words.

SENIOR CITIZENS-BULLYING

SAN FRANCISCO — The unwanted were turned away from cafeteria tables. Fistfights broke out at karaoke. Dances became breeding grounds for gossip and cruelty. It became clear this place had a bullying problem on its hands. What many found surprising was that the perpetrators and victims alike were all senior citizens. Nursing homes, senior centers and housing complexes for the elderly have introduced programs, training and policies aimed at curbing spates of bullying, an issue once thought the exclusive domain of the young. Editors, note reference to case involving woman from Chicago and Niles, Illinois. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

TIME’S UP-R KELLY

GREENSBORO, N.C.— A defiant R. Kelly took the stage Friday night in North Carolina, in spite of efforts to silence him over his treatment of women, and had barely begun performing when the bone-rattling background beat stopped playing. “I’ve been through a lot of (expletive)” this week, he said. Women’s groups had urged the Greensboro Coliseum to cancel, days after Kelly was disinvited from a concert in Chicago. Spotify announced it would no longer stream his music in its curated playlists. Other streaming services appeared to be demoting his music as well. SENT: 850 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-AUTO RACE

TONICA, Ill. — When Bob Beenenga of rural Tonica pulls his 1932 Ford Model 18 Roadster up to the beachfront starting line at The Race of Gentlemen this June, he’ll be crossing something off his bucket list, and honoring the racing legacy of an original hot rod. The Race of Gentlemen, or TROG, is a multi-day throwback to the origins of auto racing. The event’s exclusive 1/8 mile drag races, held on a beach in Wildwood, New Jersey only allow cars built before 1934 — with no parts newer than 1953. By Chris Yucus. News-Tribune. UPCOMING: 570 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-MILESTONE REACHED

STERLING, Ill. — A Sterling woman has spent a lot of time on wishful thinking. Karen Abele has invested countless hours planning, coordinating, making phone calls and sending emails, juggling a job and a family with volunteer work - and she’s made a lot of kids’ dreams true. She recently was honored for her work. By Gavin T. Jensen. Sauk Valley Media. UPCOMING: 490 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— ILLINOIS PLANT CLOSING: More than 200 employees in central Illinois may lose their jobs after a manufacturing company announced it is opening a new distribution center in Indianapolis.

— CHICAGO SCHOOLS-SPECIAL EDUCATION: The Illinois State Board of Education may appoint an independent monitor to oversee special education at Chicago Public Schools after concluding a 2016 overhaul violated federal law.

— CATERPILLAR-AURORA PLANT: Caterpillar has officially put its production plant in the northern Illinois city of Aurora on the market.

— MACON COUNTY-SOLAR FARM: Officials are favorably eyeing Macon County’s first solar farm.

— CHICAGO WOLVES-BUS CRASH: The Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League have donated $34,000 to the NHL Foundation to assist those affected by the Humboldt Broncos’ April bus crash in Ontario, Canada.

— PROM ILLNESS-AQUARIUM: County health officials say there appears to be no connection between food served at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium and flu-like symptoms suffered by more than 100 students from Andrew High School

— A man who will soon face trial in the death of an Illinois police officer has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison in a drug case.

SPORTS:

BB0--WHITE SOX-CUBS

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs look to keep their offensive tear going when they continue their weekend series against the crosstown White Sox. Willson Contreras hit two homers and drove in a career-high seven runs, and Kris Bryant went deep for the fourth time in five games in Friday’s 11-2 romp. Jon Lester starts for the Cubs, with James Shields going for the White Sox. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2:20 p.m. ET.

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