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

January 12, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO _ An attorney for R. Kelly said Friday that the R&B star denies all allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls, including those made in a recent documentary, although he says neither he nor Kelly have watched the entire movie. Attorney Steve Greenberg offered his most full-throated defense of the Grammy-winning recording artist since a prosecutor in Chicago this week urged potential victims to come forward after Lifetime aired the documentary “Surviving R Kelly,” which revisited old allegations and brought new ones into the light. By Don Babwin. SENT: 580 words, photos, video.



ST. LOUIS _ The National Weather Service says a storm stretching from the nation’s capital to Colorado could bring the highest snow totals in several years to sections of Missouri and Illinois. The storm is expected to drop 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 centimeters) of snow in the St. Louis metropolitan area into eastern Illinois between Friday and early Sunday. Large sections of Missouri, Illinois and Indiana are under winter weather advisories, and hazardous travel conditions are expected through most of the weekend. SENT: 315 words. May be updated.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ Billionaire and Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker has announced plans to use his own money to double the salaries of several key staffers, a move aimed to help retain top talent. Pritzker created East Jackson Street LLC to personally compensate staffers in addition to their government salaries. Pritzker spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh said the governor elect “is committed to recruiting top talent to state government to best address the challenges Illinois faces.” SENT: 320 words, photo.




INDIANAPOLIS _ A group of truck drivers is suing Indiana’s governor over a 35 percent fee increase placed on large trucks that use the Indiana Toll Road. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that the federal lawsuit that was filed Wednesday challenges the constitutionality of the fee hike, alleging it’s discriminatory and excessive. The lawsuit says that the revenue will be used for projects unrelated to the toll road. SENT: 290 words.


__MECHANIC’S DEATH-CHARGES: An Indiana man who allegedly ran over and killed a mechanic outside a Chicago auto shop told police he did it following an argument over $100.

—GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-ILLINOIS: The state of Illinois says federal food assistance money will be provided through the end of February during the government shutdown.

—PEORIA KILLING-BRADLEY STUDENT: The trial again has been postponed for a South Peoria teenager charged in the shooting deaths of two people at an off-campus party near Bradley University last year.

—CHICAGO TOURISM: Chicago set a new tourism record last year, attracting more than 57.6 million visitors during 2018.

—POSTAL WORKER SHOT: The attorney for a man charged with shooting a U.S. Postal Service worker last month in suburban Chicago says his client is innocent.

—HOOSIER STATE TRAIN-AMTRAK: Gov. Eric Holcomb’s proposed state budget would end Indiana’s annual subsidy for an Amtrak line that runs between Indianapolis and Chicago.

—BKC--NORTHWESTERN SHRIEKER: The Northwestern University student leader who has earned the nickname “The Shrieker” for her screams during basketball games has been quieted.



CHICAGO _ Suspended shortstop Addison Russell and the Chicago Cubs agreed Friday to a $3.4 million, one-year contract, a relatively small $200,000 raise for a player whose relationship with the team appeared strained after a domestic violence suspension. Russell accepted a 40-game suspension last October for violating baseball’s domestic violence policy following allegations made by his ex-wife. He missed the final 11 regular-season games plus the wild-card playoff loss and will be eligible to return May 3, barring postponements. SENT: 335 words, photo.


PHILADELPHIA _ Temple has hired Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey as its next football coach, filling a vacancy that abruptly opened in late December after the newly-hired Manny Diaz left to lead Miami. Temple officials said Friday that they planned to introduce Carey at a news conference. Athletic director Patrick Kraft says Carey is a proven winner and the right fit to keep the Owls moving forward. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 510 words, photos.


OAKLAND, Calif. _ Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, who hit a record 14 3-pointers against Chicago earlier this season, gets another chance against the Bulls on Friday. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 9:30 p.m. CT.


FBN--BEARS-PARKEY: Kicker Cody Parkey is staying off social medial after his missed field goal at the end of the Chicago Bears’ 16-15 wild-card loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.


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