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

January 30, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

WINTER WEATHER

CHICAGO _ A blast of polar air envelops much of the Midwest, closing schools and businesses and taxing infrastructure across the Rust Belt. The system threatened to bring the lowest temperatures in a generation and snapped rail lines and canceled thousands of flights in the nation’s third-largest city, which was as cold as the Arctic. Heavily dressed repair crews hustled to keep water mains and gas pipes in working order. By Michael Tarm and Corey Williams. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, videos.

With:

—WINTER WEATHER-ILLINOIS FATALITY: An 82-year-old central Illinois man has died in the cold weather after authorities say he was found several hours after he fell trying to get into his home.

—WINTER WEATHER-ILLINOIS: Wind chills dipped as low as 57 degrees below zero in Rockford as bitter cold weather moved into Illinois. Photos.

—WINTER WEATHER-CHICAGO: ComEd says crews have restored power to more than 42,000 customers and are working to restore another 9,400 as double-digit subzero temperatures hit Illinois. Photos.

—WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST: The Latest on a major snowstorm and frigid weather in the Midwest. Will be updated as developments occur. Photos.

—WINTER WEATHER-AMTRAK: Extreme weather conditions have prompted Amtrak to cancel all trains into and out of Chicago.

—WINTER WEATHER-ILLINOIS COURTS: Among the things the arctic cold is freezing up temporarily in Illinois are the wheels of justice.

—WINTER WEATHER-DRIVERS SERVICES: Illinois secretary of state facilities are closed Wednesday because of the severe cold weather.

XGR--MINIMUM WAGE

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ Business groups in Illinois, up against a Democratic governor determined to raise the minimum wage, are suggesting a tiered wage that would reflect lower living costs outside Chicago and its suburbs. By Political Writer John O’Connor. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

ENTERTAINMENT:

EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-ATTACK

CHICAGO _ Chicago police have reviewed hundreds of hours of surveillance footage but have not yet seen any that shows an attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Wednesday that the footage has allowed investigators to mostly confirm Smollett’s route home early Tuesday, but there are gaps and they haven’t reviewed all of it yet. Smollett, who is black and gay, says two masked men beat him and hurled racist and homophobic insults at him. By Don Babwin. SENT: 600 words, photos.

DOCUMENTARY DETERRENTS

LOS ANGELES _ Lights ... cameras ... lawyers? The path to the screen can be tough for the makers of documentaries with damaging claims about powerful people, such as the recent Lifetime series “Surviving R. Kelly” and an upcoming one featuring men who accuse Michael Jackson of molestation. But lawyers who oversee such documentaries say the law is often on their side. Kelly and other stars are public figures, and if they sue for defamation they must clear a high legal standard that strongly favors free speech. By Andrew Dalton. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

BUSINESS:

EARNS-BOEING

DALLAS _ Boeing is reporting annual revenue of more than $100 billion for the first time and shares are soaring after the company easily beat Wall Street’s profit and sales expectations for the fourth quarter. The big numbers from the plane maker, which is heavily exposed to trade standoff between the U.S. and China, pushed the Dow higher the opening bell Wednesday. By David Koenig. SENT: 710 words, photo.

EARNS-MCDONALD’S

McDonald’s says modernized stores and growth in delivery helped bring in more customers globally last year, but lower store traffic in the U.S. remains a concern. The world’s biggest hamburger chain said sales rose 4.4 percent at established locations in the fourth quarter and 4.5 percent for the year. By Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 660 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

—TEACHER CHARGED-SEX ABUSE: Authorities say a 27-year-old Chicago Catholic schools teacher is charged with sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy and battering a 13-year-old boy.

—UI-TUITION FREEZE: The president of the University of Illinois is proposing to freeze tuition for in-state students for a fifth consecutive year.

SPORTS:

BKN--BULLS-HEAT

MIAMI _ Chicago has escaped the polar vortex and made its way to Miami, for a matchup Wednesday night against a Heat team trying to get back over .500. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. CT.

BKC--VILLANOVA-DEPAUL

CHICAGO _ No. 14 Villanova looks to go to 8-0 in Big East play when it meets DePaul in Chicago. Coach Jay Wright’s Wildcats have won eight in a row since back-to-back beatings by Pennsylvania and Kansas last month left them with an 8-4 record, matching their loss total each of the previous two seasons. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

BKC--ILLINOIS-MINNESOTA

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. _ The Fighting Illini host the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Wednesday night at home. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 8 p.m. CT.

BKC--INDIANA STATE-SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

CARBONDALE, Ill. _ The Southern Illinois Salukis host the Indiana State Sycamores on Wednesday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 8 p.m. CT.

BKC--NORTHERN IOWA-LOYOLA-CHICAGO

CHICAGO _ Loyola-Chicago takes on Northern Iowa on Wednesday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 6 p.m. CT.

BKC--BRADLEY-EVANSVILLE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. _ The Bradley Braves are in Indiana on Wednesday to play the Evansville Purple Aces. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 6 p.m. CT.

BKC--ILLINOIS STATE-DRAKE

DES MOINES, Iowa _ The Illinois State Redbirds travel to Iowa on Wednesday to take on the Drake Bulldogs. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

Also:

—SOC--RANGERS-POLSTER: United States defender Matt Polster has joined Scottish club Rangers from the Chicago Fire. SENT: 130 words, photo.

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