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

May 6, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ A federal judge Monday afternoon is to announce her sentence for a 25-year-old arrested in an FBI terrorism string after trying to ignite what he thought was a real car just outside a Chicago bar. The judge imposing a sentence for Adel Daoud held hearings last week on a sentence. Among the factors Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman has to consider is whether the FBI improperly manipulated a mentally fragile Daoud. Prosecutors want a 40-year prison term. The defense hopes Daoud can be released by 2021. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Developing from 2 p.m. CT hearing.


ST. LOUIS _ The swollen Mississippi River and its tributaries are receding in many flood-ravaged communities, but concerns remain high because of the threat of heavy rain over the next few days. The flooding has forced hundreds of people in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri from their homes and has been blamed for four deaths. The Mississippi crested Monday in downtown St. Louis, but it could rise again depending on where and how much rain falls this week. By Jim Salter. SENT 360 words, photos.


—SPRING FLOODING-FREEWAY BRIDGE: Iowa transportation officials have approved $16 million to pay for nighttime work on the Interstate 74 bridge over the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities because of delays blamed on an icy winter followed by spring flooding. SENT: 150 words.


TOPEKA, Kan. _ U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran is putting pressure on Amtrak to commit to continue running the Southwest Chief passenger rail service that connects Chicago to Los Angeles with stops in Kansas. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Moran recently delayed confirming three nominees to Amtrak’s board of directors in an effort to push the national rail carrier to offer assurances that the line will operate for at least another year. Amtrak’s president will meet with Moran this month. SENT: 150 words. Will be updated.


CHICAGO _ The culinary world comes to Chicago on Monday for the James Beard Awards, which many consider to the Oscars of food. The best chefs and restaurants will be honored at the Lyric Opera House. UPCOMING: 300 words. With list of winners. Developing from end of awards ceremony, about 10:30 p.m. CT.


—CHICAGO MAYOR-LIGHTFOOT: Lori Lightfoot will be sworn in as Chicago’s next mayor during an inauguration ceremony at the city’s Wintrust Arena.

—DRUG CASE-MURDER TRIAL: Jurors in Chicago have convicted a man in the 2012 murder of an informant who cooperated with a federal investigation into a central Illinois drug ring.

—BOOT CAMP DEATH: Friends and family are remembering an 18-year-old Navy recruit from Alabama who died at boot camp in Illinois.

—LAKE CALUMET-RECREATION: Community and environmental activists are pushing for the opening of Lake Calumet on Chicago’s South Side to public access for recreation.



CHICAGO _ Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs open a four-game series Monday evening against the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are coming off a three-game series sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. CT.


CLEVELAND _ The Chicago White Sox head to Cleveland on Monday to start a four-game road series against the Indians at Progressive Field. The White Sox are looking for a win after dropping three games in a row to the Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5:10 p.m. CT.


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