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

February 28, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

CHICAGO MAYORAL ELECTION

CHICAGO _ A political outsider who campaigned on reforming Chicago’s police department after a white officer’s fatal shooting of a black teenager said Wednesday that voters likely had the high-profile case on their minds when they advanced her to an April runoff for mayor, assuring for the first time a black woman will lead the nation’s third-largest city. Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot’s first-place finish in Tuesday’s opening round of voting was somewhat surprising considering the 14-candidate field featured prominent state and local leaders and a member of the Daley family that had dominated Chicago politics for more than half a century. By Corey Williams and Caryn Rousseau. SENT: 880 words, photos, video.

AROUND THE STATE:

R KELLY INVESTIGATIONS-ENABLERS

CHICAGO _ R. Kelly’s confidants may have helped the R&B star target underage girls for sexual abuse. That’s according to an attorney for two of Kelly’s accusers. Prosecutors say the people helping Kelly included a manager who gave the musician’s phone number to a 16-year-old girl and urged her to contact him. It’s not clear if the manager or anyone else in Kelly’s inner circle might face charges. All 50 states require that certain professionals report suspicions of child abuse. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 890 words, photos.

BUSINESS:

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT-US-VIETNAM-TRADE

HANOI, Vietnam _ U.S. President Donald Trump and Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong have presided over the signing of several trade deals in Hanoi, including agreements to sell 110 Boeing aircraft worth billions of dollars to the booming Southeast Asian country. By Adam Schreck. SENT: 460 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_DECATUR MOTHER-MURDER CHARGES: A central Illinois woman accused in the death of her 2-year-old daughter has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges.

_TROOPER DEATH-CHARGES: A Wisconsin man has been indicted for allegedly causing the death of an Illinois state trooper who was helping victims in a multiple-vehicle highway crash.

_SHOOTING-OFFICER CHARGED: A former suburban Chicago police official received probation for the 2017 shooting of his son.

—INVESTMENT MANAGER-FRAUD: A Chicago federal jury has convicted an investment manager of defrauding clients and lenders out of more than $10 million over more than a decade.

—SONGWRITERS VS BARS: Songwriters and music publishers are suing bars around the country, including in Chicago, saying they infringed on musical copyrights.

—SOUTHERN ILLINOIS-FLOODING: Officials at the state Emergency Operations Center will be monitoring flooding in southern Illinois and will prepare to deploy assistance should local officials request it.

—POLICE SHOOTING-CHICAGO: Authorities say Chicago police officers shot and wounded a man in an exchange of gunfire following a foot pursuit.

—WOMAN LEGISLATOR AWARD: Retired Illinois state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie will be the first recipient of a new award to honor female legislators.

—TEENAGER KILLED: Authorities say a suburban Chicago man was using crack cocaine and had alcohol in his system when he drove into a 17-year-old girl as she crossed the street. She later died.

—FLIGHT DIVERTED-ARREST: A Brazilian man who caused a jetliner flight headed to Chicago to be diverted to Cedar Rapids has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison.

—ACTIVECAMPAIGN EXPANSION-INDIANA: A Chicago-based company that offers marketing and sales automation for businesses says it plans to expand its Indiana workforce.

SPORTS:

BBN--CUBS-HAMELS

SURPRISE, Ariz. _ Coming off a pair of difficult seasons, Cole Hamels decided to make some major changes to his winter workouts. “It takes a couple of years for us to realize what we can and cannot do,” the 35-year-old Chicago Cubs left-hander said after his spring debut Wednesday against his former team, the Texas Rangers. Among the changes Hamels made was hiring a trainer for the first time, a “posture specialist” to help make his exercises more efficient. By Jack Thompson. SENT: 670 words, photos.

HKN--BLACKHAWKS-DUCKS

ANAHEIM, Calif. _ The Anaheim Ducks return home and look to snap a three-game losing streak when they host the Chicago Blackhawks, who have dropped their last two. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m. CT.

BKN--BULLS-GRIZZLIES

MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ The Memphis Grizzlies host the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

BBO--MANAGING MILLENNIALS

MESA, Ariz. _ Millennials make up the vast majority of the major leagues today, and their influence is felt all over the sport. They were the earliest adopters of the advanced statistics that have become commonplace throughout baseball, and they inform much of what they do on the mound or at the plate. They want to know the reasoning behind what their coaches want them to do. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 880 words, photos.

BKC-T25--ILLINOIS-PURDUE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ No. 14 Purdue needs one more win to become the third team in Big Ten history with 14 victories in three consecutive seasons. And it could happen Wednesday night when struggling Illinois comes to town. The Fighting Illini have lost three straight in the series. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time starts at 7:30 p.m. CT.

OTHER COLLEGE BASKETBALL COVERAGE:

—BKC--VALPARAISO-BRADLEY

—BKC--SOUTHERN ILLINOIS-EVANSVILLE

—BKC--MISSOURI STATE-ILLINOIS STATE

—BKC--DEPAUL-GEORGETOWN

—BKC--LOYOLA-CHICAGO-NORTHERN IOWA

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