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

April 16, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ Former President Barack Obama’s foundation has collected contributions of more than $1 million from 11 firms and individuals in the first three months of 2019. The Obama Foundation updates its donor list quarterly and on Monday it included the AT&T Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation along with other family trusts and foundations. The foundation plans to build the Obama Presidential Center on about 19 acres of parkland on Chicago’s South Side. The project is estimated at $500 million. SENT: 270 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Big Bird, Elmo and stars of “Sesame Street” are leaving their quiet neighborhood and embarking on a road trip. The nonprofit Sesame Workshop said Tuesday a selection of Muppets will take part in a 10-city trip, including Chicago, to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary campaign. SENT: 310 words, photo.


—FRANCE-NOTRE DAME-FIRE-CHICAGO: The cardinal of the Archdiocese of Chicago is offering prayers for the people of France after fire engulfed parts of Paris’ iconic Notre Dame cathedral.

—BODY FOUND-LAKE MICHIGAN: A body discovered at Waukegan Harbor on Lake Michigan has been identified as a 16-year-old boy missing from the Chicago suburb of Grayslake.

—THANKSGIVING SHOOTING-NAPERVILLE: A suburban Chicago judge has sentenced a Naperville man to 15 years in prison for opening fire on a group of people early on Thanksgiving Day 2016.

—U OF ILLINOIS-ENGINEERING: The College of Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign will be renamed in honor of alumnus William Grainger.

—ENDANGERED RIVERS-MISSISSIPPI: An environmental organization says the Upper Mississippi River is among the most endangered rivers in the U.S.

—TROOPERS STRUCK-MOVE OVER LAW: Teenage drivers in Illinois are getting a reminder to move over and slow down when passing vehicles on the side of the road.



CHICAGO _ Hit hard in his first three starts, Reynaldo Lopez tries again to get on track as the Chicago White Sox continue their series with the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday. Kansas City’s Jorge Lopez looks to get some payback for a shaky loss to Chicago on March 31. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CT.


MIAMI _ The Chicago Cubs look for another win Tuesday as they take on the Miami Marlins in the second game of a three-game road series. The Cubs won Monday’s match 7-2. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:10 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO _ Major League Baseball is investigating a racist message sent to Chicago Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. on social media this month. Theo Epstein, the president of baseball operations for the Cubs, calls the language “reprehensible” and says it “cannot be tolerated in our game or society.” Edwards was optioned to Triple-A Iowa after he got off to a tough start this season. SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated.


LOS ANGELES _ Vin Scully joined the widow of his friend Jackie Robinson to honor the player who broke baseball’s color barrier during Robinson’s centennial birthday celebration. Scully was a surprise attendee for pregame ceremonies at Dodger Stadium. Rachel Robinson, along with her daughter and son, attended the event. Robinson became the first black player in Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. By Beth Harris. SENT: 770 words, photos. Chicago editors note team interest.


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