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

May 18, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO _ Illinois’ child welfare agency says more than two weeks passed before it was alerted that a woman taken to a Chicago-area hospital with a gravely ill newborn may not be his mother, even though she arrived bloodied and showed no signs of giving birth. Clarisa Figueroa is charged with killing 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez. Chicago police say she cut Ochoa-Lopez’s baby out of her womb on April 23, then called 911 to report she had given birth to a baby who wasn’t breathing. Paramedics took Figueroa and the baby to Advocate Christ Medical Center in suburban Oak Lawn. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 300 words.



OMAHA _ Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying millions of tons of grain to market and bringing agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season. But there’s not much barge traffic this year. That’s because historic spring flooding that swamped and tainted farmland, also left parts of the Mississippi closed for business. The river, which runs nearly 2,350 miles (3,782 kilometers) from Minnesota’s Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico, is a main conduit of shipping everything from agriculture products and construction material to petroleum and coal. The troubles on the Mississippi also have affected shipping on the waterways that feed into it, including the Missouri River. SENT: 700 words, photos.


CHICAGO — The mother of a Chicago teenager who was fatally shot by police in 2010 says she’s working with police regulators to reopen his case. In the spring of 2010, two Chicago police officers fired three shots into Izael Jackson’s back, killing him. Police said the 18-year-old senior opened fire on the officers as he fled a traffic stop. The department deemed the officers’ version of events trustworthy and declared Jackson’s death justifiable. SENT: 350 words, photos.


_ SIU ARENA: Southern Illinois University Arena has a new name, thanks to the largest corporate naming rights agreement in the history of the Carbondale campus.

_ WIRE FRAUD-CONVICTION: A woman who worked as an escort has been convicted in a Chicago federal court of fraud after accumulating millions of dollars in charges on her boyfriend’s corporate credit card.



CHICAGO _ Lucas Giolito goes for his first home win when the Chicago White Sox meet the Toronto Blue Jays. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts at Guaranteed Rate Field, compared to 4-0 with a 2.42 ERA in four road starts. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET.


WASHINGTON _ Jon Lester and Stephen Strasburg head to the mound as the Chicago Cubs face the struggling Washington Nationals in the middle game of a three-game series Saturday night. Starts at 7:15 p.m. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


The Chicago Fire plays at the San Jose Earthquakes. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.


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