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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

April 5, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CINCINNATI _ A day of false hope has given way to questions about why a man would claim to be an Illinois boy who disappeared eight years ago. The FBI declared the man’s story a hoax Thursday one day after he identified himself to authorities as Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in 2011 at age 6. Newport Police Chief Tom Collins identified the man to ABC as 23-year-old ex-convict Brian Rini of Medina, Ohio, who was released from prison less than a month ago after serving more than a year. By Dan Sewell and Don Babwin. SENT: 480 words, photos, video. Will be updated.


AURORA, Ill. _ The aunt of an Illinois boy who disappeared in 2011 says “It’s like reliving that day all over again.” Relatives of Timmothy Pitzen say they and the boy’s father are devastated to learn that a 23-year-old man claiming to have been the kidnapped child was not actually him. Authorities say an ex-convict recently released from an Ohio prison had claimed to be 14-year-old Timmothy, who had disappeared around the time his mother killed herself. By Carrie Antlfinger and Don Babwin. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


GRAYSLAKE, Ill. _ A funeral is planned Friday for an Illinois State Police trooper who died in a traffic crash while traveling on Interstate 94 early Saturday in his squad-car. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s offices says he plans to attend Trooper Gerald Ellis’ funeral. Developing from 10 a.m. CT funeral.


CHICAGO _ A group of suburban Cook County police chiefs say they have no confidence in State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. The North Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police on Thursday cited the dismissal of charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett in their announcement. However, they also attacked Foxx for her office’s alleged failure to “hold offenders accountable.” Foxx fired back at the police chiefs, saying they are trying to justify their resistance to her prioritizing violent crime. SENT: 620 words. Moved late yesterday and available for use.


—CHILD FALLS-CHICAGO: Police say a 2-year-old boy has died after falling from a third-floor window in Chicago.

—ILLINOIS GOVERNOR-COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS: Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a law expanding a college scholarship program which in part is designed to keep Illinois students in the state.

—UIC STRIKE: A union representing graduate student employees at the University of Illinois at Chicago says they’re staying on strike despite reaching a tentative contract agreement with the school.



CHICAGO _ Yusei Kikuchi makes his first start since his father died of cancer over the weekend as the Seattle Mariners open a three-game series against the White Sox in Chicago’s home opener Friday. The Japanese pitcher chose to remain with Seattle, respecting the wishes his father expressed when they last saw each other during Seattle’s season-opening series in Tokyo. Prized outfielder Eloy Jimenez makes his first appearance at home for the White Sox. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m. CT.


MILWAUKEE _ The Chicago Cubs look for a win Friday when they take on the Milwaukee Brewers in the first game of a three-game road series. The Cubs are 1-5 going into the match up. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO _ The Chicago Blackhawks host the Dallas Stars on Friday evening. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. CT.


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