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

April 15, 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. Corey Williams 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

PROSECUTOR-LEGALIZNG MARIJUANA

CHICAGO _ A top Chicago prosecutor says she hopes to begin expunging minor cannabis convictions in the coming months but acknowledges it won’t be easy to implement her plan and that her office is still figuring out its scope. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told the Chicago Sun-Times last week that she wants to enlist the help of San Francisco-based nonprofit, Code For America, which has already aided with expunging records in California. She estimates that thousands of misdemeanor drug convictions could be wiped out. Foxx says her office is also reviewing its policy toward prosecuting those detained for selling marijuana. She has recently advocated publicly for legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 300 words.

BUSINESS:

_ ILLINOIS STOCKS: Stocks of interest to Illinoisans.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE: Grain futures were mostly higher Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

IN BRIEF:

_ TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIP-CHICAGO-ISRAEL: Outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel has agreed to create a partnership between technology and innovation ecosystems with the city of Chicago and an Israeli nonprofit.

_ SOCCOR COACH-SEX CHARGES: A former coach with the Chicago Fire junior soccer team has been arrested on charges that he tried to trick young female players into having sex with him and inappropriately touched a player.

_ AIRPORT DELAYS-CHICAGO: About 190 flights have been cancelled at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport following a snowstorm that also shut down hundreds of flights over the weekend.

_ PURDUE NORTHWEST-GIFT: A building at Purdue University Northwest is being named in honor of a former professor who left about $8 million from his estate for student scholarships and professorships.

_ CHICAGO POST OFFICE-TAXES: There’s still a way to get your federal tax returns in on time in Chicago if you don’t quite make it to your local post office before it closes.

SPORTS:

BBN--CUBS-MARLINS

MIAMI _ The Cubs are on the road to take on the Miami Marlins. Game starts at 6:10 CT.

BBN--ROYALS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO _ The White Sox host the Kansas City Royals. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CT.

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