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

May 16, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO _ Chicago authorities say a pregnant woman who had gone to a Chicago home in response to a Facebook offer of free baby clothes was strangled and her baby cut from her womb. The baby is hospitalized in grave condition, and three people have been taken into custody, with charges expected. The body of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was found behind the house on Wednesday. She’d been missing since April 23. By Caryn Rousseau and Don Babwin. SENT: 430 words, photos.


—PREGNANT WOMAN SLAIN-BABY TAKEN-THE LATEST: The Latest on the slaying of a pregnant Chicago woman whose baby was cut from her womb. Will be updated as developments occur.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. _ The University of Illinois is embedding a new geothermal heating and cooling system within the foundation of a building addition on its engineering campus as part of an effort to decrease greenhouse gas emissions. The News-Gazette reports that the project will install geothermal heat exchanger loops in the foundation of a novel “smart” pedestrian bridge. The bridge will link the 13,000-square-foot Hydrosystems Laboratory extension to the Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory. SENT: 130 words, photos pursuing. Will be updated.


WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump has granted a full pardon to a presidential biographer and former newspaper publisher who has written a flattering book about him. Conrad Black once ruled a media empire that included the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Telegraph in London. He served more than three years in prison after being convicted in 2007 of defrauding investors. His book “Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other” came out last year. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 460 words, photo.


NEW YORK _ The Rolling Stones are ready to get back on the road after postponing their North American tour because Mick Jagger needed medical treatment. The rockers announced Thursday the No Filter tour will kick off in Chicago with two shows on June 21 and 25. All the cities previously postponed are locked in and there’s a new date in New Orleans. Tickets sold for the original dates will be honored. SENT: 140 words, photo.


—FRAUD SPREE-SENTENCE: A 40-year-old Chicago woman faces nearly four years in federal prison for using fraudulent federal nutrition benefit checks to purchase nearly $220,000 worth of items at Kmart stores in 11 states during a four-month crime spree.

—ROCKFORD AIRPORT-JOBS: A logistics company says it plans to add 500 jobs at Chicago Rockford International Airport.

—HAMILTON-CHICAGO: The musical “Hamilton” will end its more than three-year run in Chicago in January.

—FATAL ACCIDENT-WEST VIRGINIA: A judge has overturned the conviction of an Illinois truck driver in a crash that killed a North Carolina family in southern West Virginia.

—STATEVILLE PRISONERS-LAWSUIT: Several inmates have sued the Illinois Department of Corrections over the suspension of a Stateville Correctional Center debate class.

—AGRICHEMICAL CONTAINERS-RECYCLING: Illinois agriculture officials are encouraging farmers and agrichemical facilities to save empty chemical containers for recycling late this summer.

—GPS DATA-RULING: A federal judge has ruled that suburban Chicago police violated constitutional protections against unreasonable searches by accessing weeks of GPS data indicating a suspect’s car had been outside a jewelry store when it was robbed.



CHICAGO _ Toronto’s Marcus Stroman makes his second straight start against the White Sox when the Blue Jays begin a four-game series in Chicago on Thursday. The right-hander allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings and took the loss on Saturday. Chicago’s Dylan Covey is coming off a loss against Toronto on Friday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CT.


CINCINNATI _ The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds complete their series Thursday. The teams are even at one game apiece. Left-hander Jose Quintana (4-2) faces Luis Castillo (4-1). By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5:40 p.m. CT.


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