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

May 26, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



HARRISBURG, Ill. _ The Shawnee National Forest was significantly altered a decade ago when a storm struck southern Illinois that was so strong meteorologists created a new class of extreme weather to describe it. Forest officials said the May 2009 storm rerouted trails, resulted in wildfires and changed habitats, the Southern Illinoisan reported. “It had a huge impact on a whole variety of resources,” said Shawnee National Forest Program Manager Mary McCorvie. SENT: 335 words.



RALEIGH, N.C. _ Every time 28-year-old Poet Williams applies for a job, his arrest record comes up: three nonviolent misdemeanors. Those drug charges have followed the Durham resident since he was 21, barring him from jobs, apartments and opportunities. The North Carolina Senate recently passed legislation loosening the requirements to expunge a criminal record. The bipartisan Clean Slate Campaign has advocated for record-clearing laws in other states. In the past few years, five states, including Illinois, enacted laws easing barriers to expunction. By Amanda Morris. SENT: 835 words, photo.


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. _ Getting the kids out of bed and ready for school -- a familiar morning struggle for most moms -- was exceptionally stressful for Blanca Pascual-Gomez. For nearly a year, Pascual-Gomez was homeless, living with her three young children in a shelter. But with the help of a new program offered by Wheaton-based HOPE Fair Housing Center, the family is on a path to self-sufficiency and renting a three-bedroom home in South Elgin. By Madhu Krishnamurthy. SENT: 740 words.


CARBONDALE, Ill. _ On Jan. 10, 2017, Solomon Muhammad was released from his second long stint in prison and returned home to Southern Illinois. His 20s and half of his 30s were gone. But he had found clarity and purpose. He returned to the workforce, determined to make an honest living in construction and manufacturing jobs. But those opportunities quickly began to look like dead-ends. Over and over, Solomon returned to the dream he had in prison: becoming his own boss. By Gabriel Neely-Streit. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan. SENT: 1,540 words, photos.



CHICAGO _ Decades later, the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 moments after it took off from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport remains the deadliest aviation accident in U.S. history. The DC-10 was destined for Los Angeles when it lost one of its engines on May 25, 1979, killing 273 people, including all 271 people onboard and two others on the ground. The AP is republishing its original report to mark the 40th anniversary of the disaster. By Marc Wilson. UPCOMING: 1,320 words, photos.


_INDIANA DUNES-NATIONAL PARK: Several state and local officials are expected to join a celebration of the Indiana Dunes as the newest national park.

_COMMUTER TRAIN-TWO KILLED: The remains of a 15-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a Chicago area commuter train last week have been recovered from a creek.

_CHICAGO POLICE-ACCIDENT: Ten Chicago police officers were among a dozen people injured in a multi-vehicle crash in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side.

_BODY CAMERAS-MATTOON AND CHARLESTON: Charleston and Mattoon will soon join the ranks of communities in Illinois and around the country where police officers wear body cameras.

_OUTDOOR HALL OF FAME-NOMINATIONS: People who have records of extraordinary service to improving conservation efforts and outdoor recreation in Illinois are eligible for induction into the state’s Outdoor Hall of Fame.



CHICAGO _ Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs continue their weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds. Jose Quintana starts for Chicago and Tanner Roark pitches for Cincinnati. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game is underway.


MINNEAPOLIS _ The Minnesota Twins, sporting the best record in baseball, send Jake Ordorizzi to the mound for the last game of the series against Chicago, with Dylan Covey starting for the White Sox. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game is underway.


MILWAUKEE _ The University of Wisconsin says the wife and daughter of men’s basketball assistant coach Howard Moore were killed in a Michigan automobile accident. Wisconsin’s athletic department said Moore’s wife, Jennifer, and their daughter, Jaidyn, were killed in the crash on M-14 early Saturday in Washtenaw County’s Superior Township. Green says Moore suffered third-degree burns but his injuries were not considered life-threatening, and his son had minor injuries. Both are expected to recover. Moore was head coach at Illinois-Chicago before returning to his alma mater during the 2015-16 season. By Keith Jenkins. SENT: 340 words.


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