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

April 2, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 former federal prosecutor who has never held elected office was vying for Chicago mayor on Tuesday against a powerful official whose political career spans decades, providing voters a clear contrast in a historic runoff already assured of elevating a black woman to lead the nation’s third-largest city. Lori Lightfoot served as an assistant U.S. attorney before entering private practice as an attorney. Toni Preckwinkle is a former schoolteacher who served on the Chicago City Council for 19 years before becoming Cook County Board president. By Herbert G. McCann. SENT: 740 words, photos. Will be updated. Polls close at 7 p.m. CT.


—CHICAGO MAYOR-THE LATEST: The Latest on the Chicago mayoral election. Will be updated throughout the day and evening as developments occur. Photos.


CHICAGO _ It will be several weeks before a judge decides whether the public will get a look at the sealed court file in the Jussie Smollett case. Cook County Judge Steven Watkins said during a Tuesday court hearing that he did not agree with attorneys representing media organizations that there is an emergency that requires him to make an immediate ruling. The judge set a schedule for motions and arguments that he said would result in his written opinion in late May. By Don Babwin. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 300 words, photo.



AURORA, Ill. _ The mayor of Aurora says he was “blindsided” when a convicted murderer and suspected member of the “Ripper Crew” registered as sex offender to live at a facility in the Chicago suburb. Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin said Monday that he hopes Wayside Cross Ministries reconsiders its decision to house 58-year-old Thomas Kokoraleis, who was released from prison last week. Wayside Cross officials say Kokoraleis came to them seeking help and they pray he will become a productive member of society. SENT: 230 words, photo.


CHICAGO _ The Art Institute of Chicago has indefinitely postponed a major exhibit weeks before it was due to open, citing concerns that the culture and voices of indigenous peoples are not adequately represented. Native American scholars against the opening say that much of the Mimbres pottery came from one collector who stole the objects from ancestral gravesites. The Art Institute said in Monday’s news release that officials realized the need to collaborate with voices connected to the Mimbres people. SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated.


MANDAN, N.D. _ A married couple who had recently bought their dream home were among the four people found slain at a property management company in the North Dakota city of Mandan. Briann Miller of Girard, Illinois, tells The Associated Press that her 45-year-old mother, Lois Cobb, and 50-year-old stepdad, Bill Cobb, were killed. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 520 words, photos, video.


—NORTH DAKOTA-BODIES-THE LATEST: The Latest on bodies found at a business in Mandan, North Dakota. Will be updated as developments occur.



Walgreens slashed its 2019 forecast and missed second-quarter expectations with a performance that sent its shares plunging Tuesday and helped knock down the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Company leaders told analysts that challenges they had been expecting like reimbursement cuts and lower price increases for branded drugs hit Walgreens much sooner than they anticipated. By Tom Murphy. SENT: 550 words, photo.


—EARNS-WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE: Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $1.16 billion. SENT: 160 words, photo.


—CHICAGO VIOLENCE: Chicago police say two teenage women were killed and a man was wounded when they were shot while sitting in a parked car on the city’s South Side.

—NAMING DINOSAURS-SIU: Geologists at Southern Illinois University are asking Illinois elementary and high school students to name its three baby dinosaurs. Photos.

—ILLINI ATHLETICS-BEER SALES: The University of Illinois will start selling beer in general seating areas at Memorial Stadium and State Farm Center this fall.

—ELECTION-VOTER ASSISTANCE: The Illinois State Board of Elections says it will be ready to assist voters in Tuesday’s consolidated election.



LINCOLN, Neb. _ Former Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg is introduced as Nebraska’s new coach after signing a seven-year contract worth $25 million _ a sign the Cornhuskers are serious about becoming relevant in basketball. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


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