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

January 10, 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 Herb 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

R KELLY-INVESTIGATIONS

R. Kelly, one of the top-selling recording artists of all time, has been hounded for years by allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls _ accusations he and his attorneys have long denied. But an Illinois prosecutor’s plea for potential victims to come forward and new protests have sparked hope among some advocates that the R&B star might face criminal charges. By Russell Contreras and Michael Tarm. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

ILLINOIS STATE FAIR COLISEUM-REPAIRS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ Illinois officials have accepted a more than $10 million bid from a contractor to repair the deteriorating Illinois State Fair Coliseum. The State Journal-Register reports that Springfield-based R.D. Lawrence Construction Co. was awarded the contract Friday. The company hopes to begin construction in the coming weeks. A large focus of the renovation will be on the roof. SENT: 280 words.

FORD-NEW EXPLORER

DETROIT _ Ford’s aging Explorer SUV is getting a major revamp as it faces growing competition in the market for family haulers with three rows of seats. The company unveiled the new version Wednesday night at Ford Field, home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions. The Chicago-built Explorer goes on sale in the summer. SENT: 410 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

—WINTER WEATHER-ILLINOIS: The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for parts of central and southern Illinois — with as many as 7 inches of snow forecast.

—ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT-MCLEAN COUNTY: Court records show that the family of a McLean County maintenance worker will receive $2.1 million after he was killed in a work-related accident in 2015.

—COACH-SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES: Sexual assault charges have been filed against a former Chicago charter school basketball coach accused of molesting two underage female team members.

—CHILD DEATH-FLU-ILLINOIS: Health officials are urging people to get the flu shot after a 3-year-old girl died of influenza in suburban Chicago.

—FIREFIGHTERS KILLED-ANNIVERSARY: A suburban Chicago fire department will honor the lives of three firefighters who died fighting a fire at a Woolworth store 85 years ago.

—POWER PLANT: A Chicago-based developer is fighting to open a proposed Rhode Island power plant, despite a finding that energy demand in the region will remain flat for the next few years.

—HAMMOND DATA CENTER: The developers of a $50 million data center that’s under construction in northwestern Indiana say they’ve secured full financing for the project’s first phase.

SPORTS:

BKC--MICHIGAN-ILLINOIS

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. _ Michigan makes a road trip to the State Farm Center to take on Illinois on Thursday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

BKC--YOUNGSTOWN STATE-ILLINOIS-CHICAGO

CHICAGO _ Youngstown State plays Illinois-Chicago at the UIC Pavilion on Thursday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

BKC--WESTERN ILLINOIS-NORTH DAKOTA STATE

FARGO, N.D. _ Western Illinois takes a road trip Thursday to play North Dakota State on Thursday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

BKC--EASTERN ILLINOIS-JACKSONVILLE STATE

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. _ Eastern Illinois plays Jacksonville State at Pete Mathews Coliseum on Thursday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7:15 p.m. CT.

SOC--NWSL-DRAFT

Defender Tierna Davidson, who decided to skip her senior season at Stanford to play professionally in the National Women’s Soccer League, went to the Chicago Red Stars with the No. 1 pick in the league’s draft Thursday. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 280 words, photo.

BKL--WNBA MOCK DRAFT

NEW YORK _ The Associated Press polled a panel of WNBA coaches and general managers for a mock draft of the two rounds this spring. While last season there was a clear-cut No. 1 in A’ja Wilson, there is no consensus top pick this year. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 880 words, photos.

BBA--WHITE SOX-JAY: Free agent outfielder Jon Jay and the Chicago White Sox have finalized a $4 million, one-year contract. SENT: 160 words.

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