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

May 1, 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 Herbert 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ Advocates of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s graduated income tax are planning to take it to a vote in the Illinois Senate. The plan to replace the state’s 4.95 percent flat tax with a graduated system that puts a heavier burden on more affluent residents could be called in the Senate Wednesday. The Democratic governor says 97% of taxpayers would see no tax increases. The plan would need voter approval in November 2020 if it’s approved by extraordinary legislative majorities. By John O’Connor. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. Developing from afternoon Illinois Senate session.


MILWAUKEE _ Attorneys are suing Wisconsin and Illinois over laws that forbid transgender individuals from changing their names if they’re have certain criminal convictions. Both lawsuits argue the states are violating free speech rights and preventing people from expressing how they identify themselves. The lawsuits filed Wednesday say eight transgender women in Illinois and one transgender woman in Wisconsin frequently face ridicule because their IDs don’t reflect who they are. By Ivan Moreno. SENT: 560 words.


CHICAGO _ A 25-year-old who sought to detonate a bomb outside a crowded Chicago bar apologized during his sentencing hearing Wednesday for agreeing to the terrorism plot, saying he no longer harbors a desire to kill or join a terrorist group. Adel Daoud, wearing orange jail clothes and leg chains, told a judge he listened to secret FBI recordings of himself talking about murdering non-Muslims said asked himself, “Can that really be me?” Wednesday concluded a three-day sentencing. Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman said she would announce a sentence Monday. By Michael Tarm. UPCOMING: 450 words, photo.


HONOLULU _ The father of a 28-year-old pilot says his son was among three people killed in a Hawaii helicopter crash. Bobby Berridge said Tuesday his son Joseph Berridge moved to Honolulu from New Mexico to pilot Hawaii helicopter tours. Officials say all three onboard the helicopter died Monday when it crashed in Kailua, a Honolulu suburb. Honolulu’s Medical Examiner’s office said 28-year-old Ryan McAuliffe of Chicago was one of the passengers, with identification of the final passenger still pending. By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher. SENT: 420 words, photos.


—SPRING FLOODING-ILLINOIS: Rivers are swelling in Illinois as heavy rains move across the state, prompting flood warnings and flash flood watches.

—BEACH PARK-CHEMICAL SPILL: An ammonia leak in suburban Chicago triggered a flood of 911 calls from people as they frantically reported the fumes that sickened more than three dozen people.

—BOY SLAIN-ILLINOIS: Records show the prosecutor in the Illinois county where a 5-year-old boy’s parents are charged in his death previously complained about the state’s child welfare agency.

—HOOSIER STATE-AMTRAK: Amtrak will pull the plug at the end of June on its Hoosier State passenger line between Indianapolis and Chicago with the loss of funding in Indiana’s new state budget.

—SOCCER COACH-SEX CHARGES: Chicago police say a former youth soccer coach who was charged last month with sexually abusing female players is now charged with sex crimes involving two other girls.

—BOEING-LAWYER: Boeing is assigning its top lawyer to a new position in which he will handle legal issues stemming from two deadly crashes involving its 737 Max airliner.

—TEEN KILLED-PEORIA: A Peoria man was sentenced to 95 years in prison in connection with a 2015 botched robbery that left a 14-year-old boy dead.

—DRUG CASE-MURDER TRIAL: A trial is underway of a man accused in the 2012 murder of an informant who cooperated with a federal investigation into a central Illinois drug ring.

—GUN GRAB-FIT FOR TRIAL: A suburban Chicago man wounded by police in 2017 during an alleged attempt to grab a police officer’s gun has been found fit for trial.

—CHICAGO-IMPOUND LAWSUIT: Chicago’s vehicle impound policies are being challenged in a class-action lawsuit.



CHICAGO _ The Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles are scheduled to play a doubleheader Wednesday after Tuesday’s game was postponed due to rain. Chicago’s Carlos Rodón and Baltimore’s David Hess are scheduled to start Game 1, with Ivan Nova and Andrew Cashner going Game 2 after having their turns pushed back a day. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game 1 starts at 3:10 p.m. CT.


SEATTLE _ Marco Gonzales looks to become the first six-game winner in baseball as the Seattle Mariners face the surging Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. The Cubs have won 10 of 13. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Games starts at 5:40 p.m. CT.


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