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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

May 7, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TODAY:

CHILD DEATHS-ILLINOIS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ An Illinois audit of the state child welfare agency’s investigations of child abuse and neglect is slated to be released Tuesday, the same day House members announce renewed legislative efforts to bolster child-protection efforts. The developments come after the deaths this year of three children under watch of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. By AP Political Writer John O’Connor. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.

R KELLY

CHICAGO _ R. Kelly is due back in court for a hearing on his sex-abuse case. The R&B singer is required to attend Tuesday morning’s status hearing. It is unclear what issues will be discussed, but one matter before the judge involves attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents two Kelly accusers. After Avenatti was indicted on charges in California, Kelly’s attorney filed a motion asking the judge to order that all messages between Avenatti and prosecutors in the Kelly case be preserved as possible evidence. By Don Babwin. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. Developing from 9:45 a.m. CT court hearing. Photo and video staffing.

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SANDRA BLAND-TROOPER

AUSTIN, Texas _ Cellphone video Sandra Bland took during a confrontational 2015 traffic stop in Texas with a state trooper has surfaced publicly for the first time. The 39-second clip shows the black Chicago-area woman’s perspective as the white trooper draws a stun gun and orders her out of her car. The 28-year-old Bland was found hanging in her jail cell three days after the traffic stop. Her death became a flashpoint in the debate over the treatment of blacks by police. SENT: 670 words, photos.

FOOD-BEARD AWARDS

CHICAGO _ The top honors at this year’s James Beard Awards went to North Carolina Chef Ashley Christensen and Philadelphia’s Zahav restaurant. The awards were presented Monday evening in Chicago. Many consider them to be the Oscars of the culinary world. Christensen took home the outstanding chef honor. She opened Poole’s Diner more than a decade ago in Raleigh. Zahav won the outstanding restaurant award. The honor comes two years after Chef Michael Solomonov received the outstanding chef award. SENT: 360 words.

With: FOOD-BEARD AWARDS-LIST.

IN BRIEF:

—MURDER CASE-RECANTED TESTIMONY: Prosecutors in northern Illinois say they are reconsidering whether to retry a man convicted of a 1999 murder after a child witness recanted his testimony.

—TWINS RESEARCH-ILLINOIS: Two Illinois universities are putting together what they say is the first database to focus on twins in the state.

—INTERSTATE 55-RENAMING: A portion of Interstate 55 near Bloomington will be renamed to honor a former resident who killed while serving in Afghanistan.

SPORTS:

BBN--MARLINS-CUBS

CHICAGO _ Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs open a four-game series Tuesday evening against the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET.

BBA--WHITE SOX-INDIANS

CLEVELAND _ The Chicago White Sox look for another win Tuesday as they take on the Cleveland Indians in the second game of a four-game road stand. The White Sox won Monday’s match 9-1. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5:10 p.m. CT.

SOC--US WOMEN-EQUAL PAY

The U.S. Soccer Federation has filed a court document denying allegations of gender discrimination made by players of the U.S. women’s national team. Twenty-eight members of the current women’s player pool filed the lawsuit March 8 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, alleging “institutionalized gender discrimination” that includes unequal pay with their counterparts on the men’s national team. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 440 words, photo.

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