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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 6pm, IL

April 11, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



COLUMBUS, Ohio _ A man charged with lying to federal agents about being a missing child was also accused of making up stories while in prison, threatening other inmates and refusing orders from guards, prison records show. Brian Rini threatened to make a false rape claim against a guard, falsely accused an inmate of tampering with his food, and lied about being short of toilet paper, according to the records obtained by The Associated Press. Rini, 23, also concocted a story about being harmed by inmates in order to be transferred, a story that fell apart when guards reviewed video, according to the records. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 660 words, photos.



CHICAGO _ A poorly managed police database of 130,000 purported street-gang members in Chicago is rife with errors and offers no practical way for those wrongly entered into it to purge their names, the city’s inspector general office says in a sharply critical report released Thursday. Inclusion in the database can ruin job prospects and draw unwarranted police scrutiny over decades, and the 159-page report urges the city to reevaluate its usefulness compared with the deep resentment it engenders in many lower-income, minority neighborhoods. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 640 words, photos.


CHICAGO — Chicago has sued “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett to recoup the costs of investigating a racist, anti-gay attack that officials say Smollett staged. City lawyers filed a civil lawsuit Thursday in a Cook County court after local prosecutors in March dropped all criminal charges against him. The legal action comes just days after Smollett refused a city demand that he pay more than $130,000 to reimburse Chicago. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 645 words, photos.


PARK FOREST, Ill. _ County and local officials are taking steps to stop a felon from taking his seat on a suburban Chicago library board after voters elected him to the position earlier this month. Marcus Hampton , 38, ran unchallenged in the race for a six-year term on the Park Forest Library Board. Felons can run for public office but are barred from holding a seat, according to Illinois law. SENT: 410 words.


BATTLE CREEK, Mich. _ A project to revitalize the site of a former school in southern Michigan by growing a tree farm has been abandoned. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that Greenprint Partners recently returned the vacant two acres in Battle Creek to the city and school district. The Chicago-based environmental company planted roughly 1,000 trees on the former Wilson Academy land before ending the project. Greenprint’s tree farms in other cities have been transitioned into forests to absorb excess storm water. SENT: 335 words, photos.



DALLAS _ Chicago-based Boeing’s CEO says crews have made 96 flights to test a software update for its troubled 737 Max jet and will make more in coming weeks as the company attempts to convince regulators to let the plane fly again. Dennis Muilenburg also said Thursday that the company has met with pilots and airline officials in the U.S. and abroad, holding flight-simulator sessions to demonstrate the software changes. By David Koenig. SENT: 435 words, photos.


BEIJING _ One of China’s three major state-owned airlines says it has joined carriers that are asking Chicago-based Boeing Co. for compensation after suspended use of its 737 Max jetliner following two fatal crashes. Chinese media cited executives of China Eastern Airlines Ltd. as saying at a news conference the carrier has “lodged claims” with Boeing. Airlines worldwide suspended use of the 737 Max after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed a total of 346 people. SENT: 350 words.


__CHICAGO MAYOR: During the second day of her visit to Springfield, Chicago mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot told the Illinois Senate “bold action” will be necessary to “bring real change” to the state.

__EDWARDSVILLE-COUPLE KILLED-INDICTMENT: A southern Illinois man has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the stabbing deaths last month of an Edwardsville couple.

__GUN LAWSUIT-PUBLIC HOUSING: A federal judge has ruled that that East St. Louis Housing Authority’s rule prohibiting public housing tenants from owning a firearm is unconstitutional.

__KIDNAPPING INDICTMENT: A registered sex offender accused of stalking a Rockford woman for months before he allegedly abducted her from her home last month, raped her and left her in the basement of another house handcuffed to a workout bench has been indicted on several felony charges.

—CAPONE BUILDING: A red brick two-flat on Chicago’s South Side that once belonged to gangster Al Capone has been sold after being on the market for years. Photo.

—POLICE SHOOTING-ILLINOIS: Prosecutors have ruled that a Naperville police officer acted appropriately when he shot a man who pointed what police thought was a real gun at them but was really a pellet gun.

—ATTEMPTED ESCAPE-CHARGE: A Springfield man faces charges accusing him of trying to escape from jail by pretending to be a different inmate.

—US ATTORNEY-TAX FRAUD: Federal authorities have a message for taxpayers as April 15 approaches: Tax fraud can land you in prison.

—TRAUMA CARE DONATION: University of Chicago Medicine has announced that a $9 million donation toward expanding trauma care to help children and their families recover by going beyond just medical treatment to include things like psychiatric counseling.



CHICAGO _ John Paxson remains convinced the Chicago Bulls are on the right path despite one of the worst records in franchise history and that they have the coach they need in Jim Boylen. Chicago’s top basketball executive, Paxson said Thursday he expects the team to compete for a playoff spot next season. He also said it’s “very possible” Boylen gets a contract extension. The Bulls went from 27 victories to finishing with a 22-60 mark in the second year of their rebuild. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 790 words, photos.


—BKN--BULLS-MARKKANEN: Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen has been cleared to resume full basketball activities after missing the final two weeks of the season because of a heart problem. SENT: 140 words.


CHICAGO _ The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up their series Thursday evening after splitting the first two games. Jose Quintana looks to bounce back for Chicago after getting roughed up by Milwaukee, while Pittsburgh’s Joe Musgrove hopes to build on a dominant start against Cincinnati. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. CT.


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