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

April 9, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ Lawyers for a former University of Illinois student accused of killing Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang are questioning in a new court filing whether university counselors offered their client adequate treatment when he sought help for suicidal and homicidal thoughts less than three months before Zhang went missing. The filings say Brendt Christensen had recurring thoughts of committing murder and purchased items as part of plans to kill but returned them. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 660 words, file photos.


CINCINNATI _ A U.S. magistrate ordered an Ohio man to remain jailed without bond Tuesday on a charge that he lied to federal agents about being a missing child from Illinois. Authorities charged Brian Michael Rini, 23, of Medina, Ohio, on Friday, a day after DNA testing proved he wasn’t Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in 2011 at age 6. “I believe Mr. Rini poses a risk of flight,” Magistrate Karen Litkovitz said during a brief hearing in which Rini stood before her in a uniform from the jail with his wrists and ankles shackled. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 460 words, photos.


—MISSING CHILD INVESTIGATION-THE LATEST: The Latest on an Ohio man accused of impersonating a missing child. Will be updated as developments occur.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ Gov. J.B. Pritzker is trumpeting legislation introduced in the Illinois General Assembly to create a graduated income tax structure. Fellow Democrats surrounded the governor Tuesday as he announced the bill that would amend the state constitution . Pritzker wants to replace the state’s 4.95 percent flat tax with a plan that requires the wealthy to pay more. He says it will mean the same tax bill or a lower one for 97 percent of taxpayers and produce $3.4 billion extra annually. By John O’Connor. SENT: 140 words, photos. Will be updated.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ The co-founder of a group that has cleared a dozen people wrongfully convicted of crimes wants the Illinois attorney general to create a “conviction integrity unit” to investigate innocence claims. Bill Clutter helped create the Illinois Innocence Project in 2001. He says a statewide law enforcement unit could do more than nonprofit innocence projects. And most counties are too small to have investigative units. Raoul’s office did not immediately comment. By John O’Connor. SENT: 300 words, photo.


CHICAGO _ The family a Minnesota man who died when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed last month has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Boeing, the manufacturer of the 737 Max aircraft that was involved in the crash and is now being investigated by U.S. prosecutors. The suit was filed Monday in federal court in Chicago, where Boeing is based, on behalf of the family of Mucaad Hussein Abdalla, of St. Cloud. The lawsuit is the latest complaint in a growing number of claims against Boeing following two 737 Max crashes within six months. SENT: 265 words.



CHICAGO _ Johnson Publishing Co., publisher of two iconic magazines, Ebony and Jet, that helped changed the image of black people portrayed by U.S. media, has filed for bankruptcy liquidation in a federal court in Chicago. In announcing the petition filed Tuesday, the company said it was ``caught in a tidal wave of marketplace changes and business issues which, despite exhaustive efforts, could not be overcome.” SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. Photos planned.


DALLAS _ Boeing reports that orders and deliveries of its popular 737 plane fell in the first quarter, which was marred by the second deadly crash involving a 737 Max jet. The Max remains grounded worldwide. Separately, American Airlines is cutting a key revenue estimate partly because it canceled 1,200 flights in the first quarter due to the grounding of its 24 Max jets. By David Koenig. SENT: 545 words, photos.


—BOEING-GROUND PLANES-THE LATEST: The Latest on the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max jets after two fatal crashes. Will be updated as developments occur.


_ROCKFORD SHOOTING-SENTENCE: A 90-year prison sentence has been handed a northern Illinois man convicted of firing a bullet that left a man unable to walk, talk and breathe on his own.

_FATAL CRASH-OWI: An Illinois man has been charged in the deaths of three family members from Kenosha, including a doctor, a nurse and a dentist.

_ILLINOIS FIRE-FIVE DEAD: The Woodford County coroner says smoke inhalation killed three children and two adults in a weekend central Illinois mobile home fire.

—FUNGUS OUTBREAK-ILLINOIS: State health officials say Illinois has 154 confirmed cases of a rapidly spreading and potentially deadly fungal disease.

—DISMEMBERED BODY-CONVICTION: A jury has convicted a southwestern Illinois man of killing and dismembering a woman in 2013.

—LAKE COUNTY-CANCER RISK: Plans are under way to monitor outdoor air quality outside two Lake County plants that use the cancer-causing gas ethylene oxide.

—CHICAGO SYMPHONY-STRIKE: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra may cancel more concerts after striking musicians rejected what it calls its last, best and final offer on a new contract. Photo.

—STUDENT LOANS-RAOUL: The Illinois attorney general has joined 20 of his counterparts around the country in asking that the U.S. Department of Education reverse limitations on routine disclosures of student loan information to state law enforcement.

—OVERDOSE DEATHS: Officials in a northern Illinois county say overdose deaths are on the rise, and the largest group of victims is people in their 50s.

—FUNERAL PROCESSION-GARBAGE TRUCKS: The hearse carrying the late Ronnie Davis had some curious escorts: A dozen garbage trucks.

—VIETNAM COMMEMORATION-MOVING WALL: The Marion Veterans Affairs Medical Center in southern Illinois will be the home for several days in May of The Moving Wall.

—SOCCER WINDFALL: A soccer event in northern Illinois this weekend is expected to mean big money for the area.

—HUMAN REMAINS-POND: Authorities say a human foot has been found in a pond in northwestern Indiana.



MIAMI _ By Thursday, Dwyane Wade may not be employed as a basketball player anymore. That is the reality, like it or not, and surely there aren’t very many out there who would be in the ‘like it’ category. After 16 seasons as an NBA player, after three championships, a scoring title, three franchises, four children, an Olympic gold medal and 161 teammates, the end may have arrived. Wade plays his final home regular season game when the Miami Heat host the Philadelphia 76ers. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 940 words, photos. Will be updated throughout day as appropriate.


CHICAGO _ Teams with two of the three worst records in the NBA meet Tuesday as the Chicago Bulls host the New York Knicks in their final home game. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO _ The Tampa Bay Rays look to go to 9-3 and keep pace with their best start since 2010 when they continue their three-game series Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. Charlie Morton, coming off a dominant start against Colorado, pitches for Tampa Bay _ a 5-1 winner on Monday. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m. CT.


BBN--CUBS-LESTER: Chicago Cubs ace Jon Lester will likely miss one or two starts because of a left hamstring injury.


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