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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest, IL

May 6, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

CHICAGO TERRORISM ARREST-SENTENCING

CHICAGO _ A federal judge on Monday handed an Illinois man a 16-year prison sentence for trying to kill hundreds of people by detonating what he thought was a car bomb outside a crowded Chicago bar in 2012, saying she factored in his mental health in imposing a sentence much lower than prosecutors requested. The sentence announced in Chicago for 25-year-old Adel Daoud includes time for later attempting to have an FBI agent killed and for slashing an inmate with a shiv for taunting him with a drawing of the Prophet Muhammad. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 390 words. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

SPRING FLOODING

ST. LOUIS _ The swollen Mississippi River and its tributaries are receding in many flood-ravaged communities, but concerns remain high because of the threat of heavy rain over the next few days. The flooding has forced hundreds of people in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri from their homes and has been blamed for four deaths. The Mississippi crested Monday in downtown St. Louis, but it could rise again depending on where and how much rain falls this week. By Jim Salter. SENT 445 words, photos.

With:

—SPRING FLOODING-FREEWAY BRIDGE: Iowa transportation officials have approved $16 million to pay for nighttime work on the Interstate 74 bridge over the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities because of delays blamed on an icy winter followed by spring flooding. SENT: 150 words.

AMTRAK-RURAL AREAS

TOPEKA, Kan. _ U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran is putting pressure on Amtrak to commit to the continued operation of the Southwest Chief passenger rail service that connects Chicago to Los Angeles with stops in Kansas. Moran recently delayed confirming three nominees to Amtrak’s board of directors in an effort to push the national rail carrier to offer assurances that the line will operate for at least another year, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Amtrak’s president, Richard Anderson, agreed to meet with Moran and other lawmakers about the rail service’s future later this month. SENT: 295 words.

BEARD AWARDS

CHICAGO _ The culinary world comes to Chicago on Monday for the James Beard Awards, which many consider to the Oscars of food. The best chefs and restaurants will be honored at the Lyric Opera House. UPCOMING: 300 words. With list of winners. Developing from end of awards ceremony, about 10:30 p.m. CT.

BUSINESS:

KRAFT HEINZ-FINANCIALS

Kraft Heinz is restating its financial results for the years 2016, 2017, and for the first nine months of 2018. The Chicago and Pittsburgh-based company said in February that it was being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission over its procurement operations. Kraft Heinz Co. said in a regulatory filing on Monday that several employees within those procurement operations engaged in misconduct. Kraft says the company has since made adjustments to correct prior misstatements, essentially increasing the total cost of products sold during the time when the misconduct was occurring. The investigation did not find any misconduct by any member of the company’s senior management team. By Michelle Chapman. SENT: 430 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_MURDER CASE-RECANTED TESTIMONY: Prosecutors in northern Illinois say they are reconsidering whether to retry a man convicted of a 1999 murder after a child witness recanted his testimony.

_CHRISTOPHER-FIREFIGHTER’S DEATH: The Illinois State Fire Marshal Office is investigating the cause of a weekend fire that left a volunteer firefighter dead.

_PLANT FIRE-ILLINOIS: Fire officials say an evacuation was underway moments before a deadly explosion at a northern Illinois manufacturing plant.

_GREAT LAKES-HIGH WATER: Federal officials predict water levels will surge to record highs in some areas of the Great Lakes over the next six months.

—CHICAGO MAYOR-LIGHTFOOT: Lori Lightfoot will be sworn in as Chicago’s next mayor during an inauguration ceremony at the city’s Wintrust Arena.

—DRUG CASE-MURDER TRIAL: Jurors in Chicago have convicted a man in the 2012 murder of an informant who cooperated with a federal investigation into a central Illinois drug ring.

—BOOT CAMP DEATH: Friends and family are remembering an 18-year-old Navy recruit from Alabama who died at boot camp in Illinois.

—LAKE CALUMET-RECREATION: Community and environmental activists are pushing for the opening of Lake Calumet on Chicago’s South Side to public access for recreation.

SPORTS:

BBN--MARLINS-CUBS

CHICAGO _ Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs open a four-game series Monday evening against the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are coming off a three-game series sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. CT.

BBA--WHITE SOX-INDIANS

CLEVELAND _ The Chicago White Sox head to Cleveland on Monday to start a four-game road series against the Indians at Progressive Field. The White Sox are looking for a win after dropping three games in a row to the Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5:10 p.m. CT.

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