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

May 19, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-FARMERS

MADRID, Iowa _ As a candidate, Donald Trump won over rural America in part by pledging to put an end to trade practices that have hurt farmers for years. While his prolonged trade war with China has only made a miserable situation works, there’s little indication Trump is paying a political price. Even without a deal, he’s getting credit for trying for the farmers caught in the middle. As he heads into a reelection bid, Trump needs to hold on to farm states like Iowa and Wisconsin. By Sara Burnett and Scott McFetridge. SENT: 1,460 words, photos.

PRAIRIE CHICKENS-ILLINOIS

CHICAGO _ Two generations of an Illinois family have worked to recreate grassland habitats in an effort to save the endangered prairie chicken. The Chicago Tribune reports that the birds once numbered in the millions across the state but there are now about 200 left. The United Nations’ Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services published a pioneering scientific study this week on biodiversity. The study found that 1 million species, including the prairie chicken, remain imperiled. SENT: 420 words, photos.

HIGH-TECH STREET STUDY

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. _ A technologically advanced van is helping Grand Island determine how to keep its streets in good shape and save taxpayer money in the process. Grand Island has hired a Savoy, Illinois-based firm, Engineering & Research International, to complete the project. The street assessment van going up and down the more than 300 miles of Grand Island streets is equipped with high-resolution cameras, ground-penetrating radar, global positioning systems and onboard computers. SENT: 310 words.

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-DRIVING FORCE

KANKAKEE, Ill. _ Angelle Vanderwarf is the type of girl who doesn’t mind picking up a wrench and getting her hands dirty, despite her manicured and glitter-painted nails. A senior and cheerleader at Beecher High School, Vanderwarf is a leader in the automotive technology program at the Kankakee Area Career Center. Her leadership has led to several career offers, and she was named a finalist in a national contest. By Laura McElroy. The (Kankakee) Daily Journal. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-RETIRING WINERY OWNERS

CARLOCK, Ill. _ Rudi Hofmann looked over rows of grape vines as buds were starting to appear. “We are not pruning this year because we are retiring,” Hofmann explained as he fingered a vine and as the vineyard dog, Moritz, sat watching him. For Rudi and Mary Hofmann, retirement means leaving the vines you planted, the grapes you harvested, the wines you made and the tasting room where strangers turned into friends. It is bittersweet. The Hofmanns are owners of Sunset Lake Vineyards & Winery. By Paul Swiech. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

—PREGNANT WOMAN SLAIN-BABY TAKEN: The visitation, funeral and burial will take place this week for a Chicago woman who was strangled and her baby cut from her womb. Photo.

—XGR--DETENTION CENTERS: Gov. J.B. Pritzker is to consider a measure the state Legislature has approved that would ban privatized immigration detention centers in Illinois.

—CRETE KILLING-SENTENCING: Authorities in Will County say a man has been sentenced to life without parole for the 2014 killing of an 85-year-old Crete man.

—MEASLES-COOK COUNTY: Chicago health officials say they’ve confirmed a measles case and are working to contact those who may have been exposed to the infection.

—LINCOLN STATUE-SPRINGFIELD: A 31-foot tall statue of Abraham Lincoln will make its debut this week in Springfield after stops in Chicago and Peoria.

—METRA-KIDS: Metra says kids may ride for free this summer when accompanied by a parent.

SPORTS:

BBA--BLUE JAYS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO _ The Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox wrap up a four-game series Sunday. Trent Thornton starts for Toronto, with Reynaldo Lopez pitching for Chicago. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m. CT.

BBN--CUBS-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON _ The Chicago Cubs look for a win Sunday evening to take a three-game road series over the Washington Nationals. The Nationals won Friday’s game and the Cubs won Saturday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:05 p.m. CT.

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