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AP-IL--Illinois News Digest, IL

June 3, 2014

Illinois at 1 p.m.

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ST. LOUIS — A federal plan to limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants is stoking debate over how to create and keep jobs in coal-rich southern Illinois. Democratic state Rep. John Bradley of Marion thinks the Obama administration’s draft regulations unveiled Monday to curb the pollutant blamed for climate change will hurt coal-related jobs, making it even more important for the state to move forward with hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas. He said fracking could produce jobs in his struggling region, while environmentalists say the state should concentrate on renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. By Jim Suhr. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.



CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s not done working on a state budget after lawmakers last week approved a $35.7 billion spending plan that doesn’t include an extension of the state’s 2011 income tax increase. Quinn wanted it to avoid massive budget cuts. He told reporters Tuesday that the state budget needs work. By Sophia Tareen. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.


— ILLINOIS BUDGET-CREDIT RATING: A bond rating agency has announced that Illinois’ financial rating could take a hit if lawmakers don’t extend an income tax increase scheduled to roll back in January.


CHICAGO — The city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit accusing five drugmakers of deceptively marketing a class of prescription painkiller that can be highly addictive. The state lawsuit was filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court. It alleges the companies’ marketing of opioids for long-term use to treat non-cancer pain was false, misleading and unsupported by science. By Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.



WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Prosecutors in Illinois are determined to bring an ex-Marine back to his home state to stand trial in the slayings of two young girls even though he’s already facing the death penalty in Virginia. Twenty-five-year-old Jorge Torrez of Zion, Illinois, was sentenced to death Friday for the 2009 murder of a Navy sailor at a barracks in northern Virginia. Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim called it “a horrific double homicide of two beautiful young girls” and he’s “not just going to let that go.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words. photo


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Officials at the Lincoln Home Historic Site in Springfield say they’re running out of room to house thousands of artifacts and documents. Administrators say they’ll ask the federal government for $4.5 million to build a territorial archives center. It would house more than 324,000 documents and artifacts, including 7,000 pieces from the Lincoln era. Site Superintendent Dale Phillips says the park is out of space after more than four decades of storing U.S. Park Service documents and Lincoln artifacts. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words. Photos requested from The State Journal-Register.


EAST ISLIP, N.Y. — Cricket, the international game of bats and balls that isn’t baseball, is enjoying a surge of popularity in America, with the debut of a national league this spring and higher demand to build “pitches” across the country. Areas such as New York City, California’s Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C., Dallas and Chicago have become cricket hotbeds, fueled by an influx of mostly South Asian immigrants, some of whom arrived as part of the high-tech boom. By Frank Eltman. SENT: 530 words, photos and video.


CARBONDALE — Cheryl Francis has taken a cluttered, outdated room in her father’s house and transformed it into a showcase where he can relive his World War II service aboard bombers. “I thought about this for a long time. I wanted to transform the space so he would have things around him -- his accomplishments and awards, his paintings, computer space and book cases,” Francis said about the 10-by-12 room. Her father, retired Lt. Col. Thomas B. Engram, trained in B-25s and was a pilot and member of B-24 units that drew 36 missions, dropping explosives in Japanese harbors during the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II. By Scott Fitzgerald. (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan. SENT: 330 words, photos ILCAR501-503.


— E MICHIGAN-PLAYER SLAIN: Two Detroit men face hearings in the robbery and fatal shooting of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed of Chicago. SENT: 130 words. Hearing at 12:30 p.m. CT.

— FRAUD CHARGES-LAWMAKER: A federal judge in Chicago has agreed to the public release of secret recordings once they’re entered into evidence at an Illinois lawmaker’s bribery trial. SENT: 130 words.

— U OF ILLINOIS-ALMA MATER: The University of Illinois plans to officially mark the Alma Mater’s return and 85th birthday with a party Friday morning. SENT: 130 words, photo.

— QUINCY COMPANY: Efforts are underway in western Illinois to convince a company not to close its location in Quincy. SENT: 130 words.

— CHICAGO VIOLENCE: Chicago police are still searching for a suspect in a shooting outside a Laundromat that injured six people. SENT: 130 words.

— DRUG DEATH-SHERIFF CHARGED: The prosecutor who accused the Pike County sheriff of misconduct has resigned. SENT: 130 words.

— WASHINGTON PARK-FORMER TRUSTEE: A former trustee in southwestern Illinois’ Washington Park who’s serving five years of probation for health care fraud is back on the village’s payroll. SENT: 130 words.

— CHICAGO VIOLENCE-TEACHER KILLED: Family members of a Chicago public school teacher who was fatally shot in gang crossfire have increased the reward for information in her slaying. SENT: 130 words.

— WATER TANK DEATH: Lake County officials say an elderly woman found dead in a water tank died from a heart attack. SENT: 130 words.

— CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE: Federal prosecutors say a 34-year-old suburban Chicago man is facing charges for allegedly transmitting pornographic images of a child. SENT: 130 words.

— MUSIAL BRIDGE REPAIRS: More repairs have been made to the concrete surface of the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in St. Louis. SENT: 130 words.

— FIREFIGHTERS-SOAKING: A suburban Chicago man is accusing Tinley Park firefighters of deliberately soaking him with water because of his faith and race. SENT: 130 words.

— ILLINOIS WEATHER: Illinois’ climatologist says May was warmer than usual across the state. That broke a long string of cooler-than-normal months for Illinois. SENT: 130 words.

— SERVICE MEDALS: The family of a Vietnam War veteran who died in 2011 is set to receive several of the medals he earned for his service. SENT: 130 words.

— ILLINOIS-FOOD PROGRAM: The state of Illinois will increase its contribution to those buying fruits and vegetables in a need-based food program for women, children and infants. SENT: 130 words.

—DUQUOIN STATE FAIR-PERFORMANCES: The iconic rock ‘n’ roll band Foreigner will be playing at the Du Quoin State Fair, and they’ll be getting a bit of backup help from local teenagers. SENT: 130 words.

— MINE RESCUE COMPETITION: Teams of mine rescuers from across the region will compete next week at a contest to show off their skills at a community college in southern Illinois. SENT: 130 words.



NEW YORK — Chicago-based Hillshire Brands says it will hold separate talks with Pilgrim’s Pride and Tyson Foods, as the two meat processing heavyweights engage in a bidding war for the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs. The announcement by Hillshire comes a day after Pilgrim’s Pride raised its bid to $55 per share, or $6.8 billion, from $45 per share. That tops Tyson’s offer of $50 per share, or $6.2 billion, made last week. SENT: 350 words, photo NYBZ152.



CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks came within a hair — or an overtime goal — of another trip to the Stanley Cup finals and a chance to defend their championship. Instead, they’re turning their focus toward the offseason and contract extension talks with stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, by 4 p.m. CT.


LOS ANGELES — Dan Haren takes the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers against Hector Noesi of the Chicago White Sox. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, hometown lead on losing team. Game 9 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO — Zack Wheeler looks to build on a dominant outing and the New York Mets hope to get to .500 when they open a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs. Wheeler won his last start, holding Philadelphia to a run over 6 1-3 innings. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game 7:05 p.m. CT.

With hometown lead on losing team.


CHICAGO — Mexico will be down a player when it tunes up for the World Cup against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Luis Montes broke his right leg shortly after scoring a goal in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Ecuador. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game 8:30 p.m. CT.


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