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

May 11, 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. Tom Davies and Corey Williams are 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ILLINOIS BUDGET-REVENUE

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ The terms “Illinois budget” and “extra revenue” are rarely heard in the same sentence. But now that they are, “spending agreement” is the elusive terminology. Lawmakers and Gov. J.B. Pritzker learned this past week that the state’s income tax take in April was a stunning $4 billion, 38% more than the year before and some $1.5 billion more than projected. Now House Republicans are asking why Pritzker and his fellow Democrats who control the House and Senate can’t forgo their plans to increase taxes. First and foremost, GOP House Minority Leader Jim Durkin is targeting Pritzker’s plan to change income-tax collection to a graduated structure, forcing the wealthy to pay more. But he’s also taken aim at Pritzker proposals to tax plastic bags, hike duties on cigarettes and vaping materials, and limit retailers’ reimbursement for collecting sales tax at the cash register. By John O’Connor. SENT: 850 words, photos.

UBER-LYFT DUOPOLY

SAN FRANCISCO _ A fare war between Uber and Lyft has led to billions of dollars in losses for both ride-hailing companies as they fight for passengers and drivers. But in one way it has been good for investors who snatched up the newly public companies’ stock: The losses have scared off the competition, giving the leaders a duopoly in almost every American city. The two San Francisco companies have already lost a combined $13 billion. And with no clear road to profits ahead, no one else has much of an incentive to mount a challenge using the same model relying on people driving their own cars to pick up passengers that summon them on a smartphone app, said Susan Shaheen, co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Even if another rival dared enter the market, it would likely be difficult to raise enough money to pose a viable threat after Uber and Lyft spent the past decade pulling in billions of dollars from venture capitalists. And in the past six weeks, they raised an additional $10.4 billion in their recently completed initial public offerings of stock. By Tom Krisher and Michael Liedtke. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

AMERICAN REVOLUTION-GRAVE MARKER

ARTHUR, Ill. _ Volunteers for the Daughters of the American Revolution are planning to add a marker at the grave of a Douglas County woman that recognizes her relationship to a Revolutionary War veteran. The group’s Tuscola chapter will add the marker at the grave of Arthur housewife Florinda Wood Martin during a public ceremony on Sunday — more than 100 years after she died, the News-Gazette reported. Chapter officials said an analysis of Martin’s family line reveals that her father, Alexander Wood, fought in the American Revolution. SENT: 340 words.

RUBE GOLDBERG

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. _ When you want to make things difficult, this is the perfect team. In the whole country, no team could make a more complicated engine for performing a task that should be effortless, a concept created by the cartoonist Rube Goldberg. A local group of home-school students called the Homeschool STEAM Alliance sent four teams (three high school and one junior high) to the national Rube Goldberg Machine Contest tournament. By Paul Wood. The (Champaign) News-Gazette. SENT: 510 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-FUTURE FARMERS

GRIGGSVILLE, Ill. _ Griggsville-Perry first-grader Sadie Buss has her future all figured out. She plans to farm, and she wants to raise pigs and cows. Sadie and classmate Aubrey Kirgan got some hands-on experience recently feeding a marshmallow to Petunia the pig. Petunia and alpacas named Sleven, Sweetness and Pearl, along with other livestock, helped Griggsville-Perry pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade students learn more about agriculture at Ag Education Day. By Deborah Gertz Husar. SENT: 420 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ ALEXANDER COUNTY-HOUSING: The former director of a southern Illinois housing authority is unlikely to face federal criminal charges for wrongly using agency money on personal expenses.

_ NEW POLICE OFFICERS-CHICAGO: Nearly 200 probationary officers are being deployed to police districts in Chicago neighborhoods.

_ POLICE HAZING: A suburban Chicago police department’s emergency response team is being disbanded over what the police chief says was the dangerous firing of simulated ammunition at two officers during a training exercise.

_ TRUCK STOP SLAYINGS-SUSPECT: A former long haul trucker authorities say is linked by DNA to slayings of four women at truck stops in Ohio and Illinois has been ordered hospitalized at a psychiatric facility to determine if he’s mentally competent to stand trial on rape charges outside Cleveland.

_ GRADUATION SUITES: A suburban-Chicago arena is charging $425 for relatives of high school graduates to watch commencements from a private suite instead of general admission seats.

_ ILLINOIS STATE FAIR-KARAOKE: The Illinois State Fair karaoke contest is returning this summer, and the winner will get to perform on the fair’s biggest stage.

SPORTS:

BBN--BREWERS-CUBS

CHICAGO _ Cole Hamels and Zach Davies look to remain unbeaten as the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers continue their weekend series. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2:20 p.m. ET.

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BBN--BREWERS-BRAUN

CHICAGO _ The Milwaukee Brewers have scratched slugger Ryan Braun from the lineup against the Chicago Cubs because of a sore left hamstring. Ben Gamel started in left field in his place on Saturday. Braun — batting .254 with eight homers and 23 RBIs — has been on a tear lately. The 2011 NL MVP was 13 for 28 with three home runs over his previous seven games. Braun had 38 homers against Chicago, his second-highest total against a single team, after hitting one in Friday’s 7-0 victory. SENT: 100 words, photo.

BBA--WHITE SOX-BLUE JAYS

TORONTO _ Chicago plays Toronto at Rogers Centre.

SOC--WWCUP-LONG’S PATH

Allie Long figured she’d earned her trip to the World Cup when she heard Jill Ellis’ voice on the line and the U.S. national team coach sounded upbeat. Long was considered on the bubble for the team that will seek to defend its title this summer in France, because of limited call-ups to exhibition games and some trouble with her knee. Long is among 23 players named to the team that is getting in its last three exhibition games this month before heading to Europe for the tournament, which opens June 7. Among those friendlies is a game Sunday in Santa Clara, California, against South Africa, which also made the World Cup field. Long, a midfielder who plays with the Seattle Reign FC of the National Women’s Soccer League, has made 42 appearances with the national team since 2014 and has six goals. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 740 words, photos.

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