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

February 25, 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. Jeff Karoub is on the desk, followed by Herb 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

R KELLY-INVESTIGATIONS

CHICAGO — R. Kelly pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he sexually abused four people dating back to 1998, including three underage girls, and his attorney said the R&B star was still trying to pay the bail that would allow him to go free while awaiting trial. By Don Babwin and Michael Tarm. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

With:

_ R KELLY-INVESTIGATIONS-TIMELINE

_ R KELLY-INVESTIGATIONS-THE LATEST

AROUND THE STATE:

EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-ATTACK

CHICAGO — A lawyer for Jussie Smollett is asking a judge in Chicago to allow the “Empire” actor to travel while he is free on bond on charges he falsely reported being attacked by two masked men. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ CIVIL WAR VETERAN’S HOUSE: A Will County home built by a Civil War veteran has been demolished after being deemed too deteriorated to be salvaged.

_ AMTRAK TRAIN-CAR COLLIDE: Michigan State Police say three people were killed when their car collided overnight with an Amtrak train near Kalamazoo. Amtrak tweeted that the train involved was the Wolverine 355 bound for Chicago and that there was a “vehicle incident.”

_ ACTIVIST SLAYING: A Chicago-area man is charged in the shooting death of a Columbia man who had fatally shot a community activist.

_ WIU PROFESSOR-BOOK ON UNIONS: A Western Illinois University history professor has published a book on the power dockworkers have shown over time in the struggle for racial equality and social-justice issues.

_ METRA-REVERSE COMMUTE: Metra will soon offer express train service for people who live in Chicago and reverse-commute to work in Lake County.

SPORTS:

BKN--BUCKS-BULLS

CHICAGO _ Giannis Antetokounmpo and the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks meet the Chicago Bulls. The Bucks have won four in a row, while the Bulls are on a season-high three-game run. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

BBA--WHITE SOX-MADRIGAL

GLENDALE, Ariz. _ Nick Madrigal looks right at home in his first training camp with the Chicago White Sox. The No. 4 pick in last year’s draft could make his major league debut at some point this summer. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

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