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

May 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



BETTENDORF, Iowa _ When the Mississippi River reached record levels 26 years ago, the overflowing water covered 400,000 square miles (1 million square kilometers) and caused dozens of deaths. This week, though, when the river exceeded those levels in parts of the Midwest, flooding was mostly limited to open riverfronts and swaths of farmland. The difference between now and “The Great Flood of 1993,” officials say, largely comes down to actions that communities took back then, including erecting floodwalls and temporary flood barriers on riverfronts that can be put up before the water reaches main streets. By Margery A Beck. SENT: 725 words, photos.


—SPRING FLOODING: The death toll from the latest round of Midwestern flooding has claimed at least three lives, closed hundreds of roads and forced residents of threatened towns to shore up threatened levees with sandbags as waters rose to record levels in some communities. By Jim Salter and Heather Hollingsworth. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.

—SPRING FLOODING-ILLINOIS: A disaster proclamation has been issued by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker for 34 counties along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers due to flooding. SENT: 155 words.


MARION, Ill. _ Police say five people from Memphis, Tennessee, heading to a funeral in Chicago were killed in a crash in southern Illinois. Illinois State Police said Friday that the driver of an SUV and its four passengers died Thursday afternoon on Interstate 57 in Franklin County. Police say the SUV crashed into the back of a semitrailer. One SUV passenger and the truck driver survived. Family friend Quincy Jones of Memphis tells The Southern Illinoisan that the group was traveling to Chicago for a funeral. SENT: 140 words.


APEX, N.C. _ The Americans with Disabilities Act does not require that service dogs be professionally trained, and experts say that makes vulnerable families easy prey for incompetent or unscrupulous trainers. Officials in North Carolina and Virginia are currently investigating two nonprofits for alleged fraud affecting dozens of families. Properly training a service dog can take up to a year and a half and cost upward of $50,000, depending on the tasks being trained. But about half of all dogs wash out. By Allen G. Breed. SENT: 2,000 words, photos. An abridged version has moved. Illinois editors note state interest.



CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. _ Hundreds of people have converged on a northern Illinois funeral home to pay respects to a 5-year-old boy whose parents have been charged with his murder. The opportunity to file past the body of AJ Freunds’ closed casket Friday at Davenport Funeral Home in Crystal Lake was a chance for a town to come together and grieve the loss of a boy made known by his tragic death. SENT: 190 words, photos.


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. _ A Marine veteran is trying to locate, repair and catalog items at an American Legion Post in northern Illinois ahead of its 100-year anniversary. Some items at the Geneva American Legion Post 75 have mildewed because of exposure to moisture over the years. Matthew Lutz says he’s excited to find items from past battles, adding that he has already discovered a beret that belonged to a Geneva native who survived Pearl Harbor. Lutz served in the Marine Corps from 2004 to 2012. SENT: 290 words, photos.


_JAILED LITHUANIAN-PEDOPHILE RING: An ex-Lithuanian judge and lawmaker jailed in Chicago at Lithuania’s request faces another obstacle in her extradition fight after an immigration court pushed her asylum hearing from 2019 to 2022.

—BOY SLAIN-ILLINOIS-VISITATION: A public visitation is planned Friday for a 5-year-old Illinois boy whose parents are charged with murder in his death. Will be updated. Photos pursuing.

—SINGER-CHILD PORN CHARGES: A former YouTube star with a large teenage following was sentenced in Chicago federal court to 10 years in prison for coercing six girls to send him sexually explicit videos.

—STATE REPRESENTATIVE-DUI: Illinois State Police have arrested state Rep. Steven Reick on charges that include driving under the influence of alcohol. Photo.

—BOY SLAIN-ILLINOIS: A judge has appointed a special public defender to represent an Illinois man charged in the death of his 5-year-old son. Photo.

—EX-CHIEF’S SON-FATAL BEATING: Three people accused in the beating death of the son of a former Chicago Fire Department chief have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

—VETERANS ART EXHIBIT: More than 50 veteran artists from across the country will be in Chicago for an art summit and the launch of new exhibits.

—EYE SURGEON-NEGLIGENCE LAWSUIT: A patient is suing a suburban Chicago ophthalmologist, saying the doctor operated on the wrong eye and then operated on the correct eye without proper anesthesia.



CHICAGO _ Kyle Hendricks needed just 81 pitches for a four-hitter, Anthony Rizzo homered for his third straight game and the Chicago Cubs beat the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 on Friday. The second-place Cubs won their season-high fifth in a row while cutting St. Louis’ lead to 1½ games. The Cardinals have back-to-back losses after five consecutive victories. Hendricks (2-4) pitched his third career shutout and fourth complete game, his first since he shut out Miami on Aug. 1, 2016. The right-hander struck out three and did not walk a batter, after getting pounded in a loss at Arizona last week. Hendricks improved to 6-2 in 15 starts against St. Louis. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 590 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ Chris Sale, eyeing his first win of the season, meets his former team as the Boston Red Sox continue a four-game series Friday against the Chicago White Sox. The seven-time all-star is 0-5 with a 6.30 ERA in six starts. Reynaldo Lopez, who struck out a career-high 14 against Detroit on Sunday, pitches for Chicago. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CT.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ Eight kickers walked onto the practice field at the end of Friday’s rookie camp session as the Chicago Bears began trying to solve their greatest problem through a mass offseason kicking competition. Coach Matt Nagy lined the 70 rookies at the weekend camp along the 50-yard line behind the eight kickers, watching as each attempted a 43-yard field goal, the same distance Cody Parkey missed with a double-doink to end Chicago’s season in a 16-15 playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Out of a snap and hold, without a pass rush, only two of the eight kickers made the 43-yard field goal. By Gene Chamberlain. SENT: 690 words.


BKN--BULLS-BOYLEN EXTENSION: The Chicago Bulls and coach Jim Boylen have agreed to a contract extension. SENT: 140 words.


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