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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 6pm, IL

May 20, 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. Herbert McCann 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO _ Lori Lightfoot told aldermen and other powerbrokers assembled at her inauguration Monday as Chicago’s first black woman mayor that she meant what she said on the campaign trial about far-reaching reforms in the nation’s third largest city. “For years, they’ve said Chicago ain’t ready for reform,” said Lightfoot minutes after her swearing in as mayor. “Well, get ready, because reform is here.” She spoke about curtailing some powers of city council members to lessen temptations for corruption and about structural changes that could help reduce gun violence. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 850 words, photos.


—CHICAGO MAYOR-THE LATEST: The Latest on the inauguration of Lori Lightfoot as Chicago mayor. Will be updated as developments occur. Photos.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against a Chicago man charged in the death of his marijuana oil dealing partner whose remains were found in rural Missouri. A notice requesting the sentence for Joseph McKenna, 26, was filed last week in Miller County in central Missouri. McKenna is jailed without bond on charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and tampering with a witness in the June 2018 death of 34-year-old Tyler Worthington of North San Juan, California. His attorney, Joel Schwartz, didn’t immediately return a phone message. By Heather Hollingsworth. SENT: 455 words.


_POLICE STATION-GUN FIRED: Authorities are trying to determine how a southern Illinois man under arrest was able to bring a gun into a Carbondale police station and fire upon an officer.

_DOUBLE KILLING-SENTENCING: A judge has sentenced a northern Illinois man to life in prison for beating his wife and teenage stepson to death with a baseball bat in 2015.

—LAWMAKER THREAT-CHARGES: A central Illinois man faces a felony charge accusing him of leaving a voicemail for state Sen. Sue Rezin’s office threatening to commit a mass school shooting.

—ATTEMPTED ARSON-SYNAGOGUE: Chicago police are stepping up patrols at synagogues as well as Jewish schools and businesses after an attempted arson at a synagogue and vandalism near others. Photo.

—WORKER DEATH-SIGN: Authorities say a contract worker from Illinois has died while working on an electronic sign at a restaurant in northwestern Indiana.

—U OF ILLINOIS-DEGREES: Preliminary numbers show that the University of Illinois system expects to award more than 22,000 degrees this year.

—SIU-PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH: A 27-person committee has been formed to find the next president of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.



CHAMPAIGN, Ill. _ Illinois defensive end Bobby Roundtree has severely injured his spine in a weekend swimming accident near his Florida home. The university says he underwent surgery, but the school has not given details on what happened or an update on his condition. Roundtree is heading into his junior year and has been one of the team’s best players. Coach Lovie Smith and assistants went to Florida to support Roundtree and his family. SENT: 170 words.


CHICAGO _ It’s Jake Arrieta versus Yu Darvish when the Philadelphia Phillies open a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Monday. Arrieta is facing his former team for the first time since signing with Philadelphia after the 2017 season. Darvish, who replaced Arrieta in Chicago’s rotation, has struggled since joining the Cubs. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. CT.


HOUSTON _ The Houston Astros open a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox on Monday, a day after their 10-game winning streak was snapped with a loss at Boston. The White Sox are coming off a loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CT.


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