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

April 1, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ A lawyer defending R. Kelly said Monday that the prosecution’s sex-abuse case against the R&B singer had been tainted by the involvement of attorney Michael Avenatti, who faces extortion charges in New York and embezzlement charges in California. The singer’s lead attorney, Steve Greenberg, said in comments to reporters and a court filing that Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx relied way too much on Avenatti in deciding in late February to bring charges against Kelly, saying Avenatti’s involvement irreparably tainted the case. By Michael Tarm and Don Babwin. SENT: 910 words, photos.


R KELLY-THE LATEST: The Latest on R. Kelly lawyer questioning role of Michael Avenatti in bringing charges against Kelly. Will be updated as developments occur. Photo.


CHICAGO _ Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx was elected in 2016 mainly because of anger that the prosecutor she ousted had waited a year to charge a Chicago police officer with murdering black teenager Laquan McDonald. Then Foxx, who is a survivor of sexual assault as a child, grabbed national attention by charging singer R. Kelly with aggravated sexual abuse. But in the course of just a few days, her reputation as rising political star and legal crusader was badly tarnished by her office’s handling of two celebrity cases involving “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett and Kelly. By Don Babwin. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. With photos and video.



ST. LOUIS _ A wall of rocks and sandbags is protecting scenic Clarksville, Missouri, from the surging Mississippi River as the spring flood closed roads, threatened homes and temporarily shut down a bridge connecting Missouri and Illinois. Another round of heavy rain over much of the Midwest on Saturday caused another spike in water levels along the Mississippi River and many of its tributaries, especially in Iowa, Missouri and Illinois. By Jim Salter. SENT: 560 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ U.S. health officials report that the number of measles cases through the first three months of this year have surpassed the count for all of 2018. There have been 387 cases through March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday. There were 372 last year. It’s the most since 2014, when 667 were reported. This year’s numbers have been driven by outbreaks in several states, including New York, California, Illinois, Texas, and Washington. By Mike Stobbe. SENT: 280 words, photo.



U.S. aviation regulators say Boeing needs more time to finish changes in a flight-control system suspected of playing a role in two deadly crashes. The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it anticipates Boeing’s final software improvements for 737 Max airliners “in the coming weeks.” Boeing was expected to complete the work last week, but FAA spokesman Greg Martin said the company needs more time to make sure it has identified and addressed all issues. Chicago-based Boeing offered the same timetable as it works to convince regulators that it can fix software on the planes. By David Koenig. SENT: 480 words.


__ILLINOIS-GRADUATED INCOME TAX: Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration is pleased with the findings of a peer-reviewed study of a graduated income tax despite its conclusion that it would raise less revenue than the Democrat predicts.

__ILLINOIS GOVERNOR-YOUTH PAROLE: Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation for a new parole system for young offenders.

—CONVICTED KILLER-PAROLE: Police say a man convicted of murder and suspected of belonging to a notorious gang that killed as many as 20 Chicago-area women in the 1980s has registered as a sex offender in suburban Chicago. Photo.

—DUPAGE RIVER-TWO MISSING: Authorities say they’ve recovered the bodies of two people who disappeared into the DuPage River southwest of Chicago.

—CHICAGO FIREFIGHTERS-INJURED: Two Chicago firefighters have been injured when they fell through a hole on the third floor of an apartment building and plunged two stories.

—JUDSON UNIVERSITY-MARK CUBAN: Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban will speak at a suburban Chicago college this spring as part of a speaker series that also raises money for scholarships.



ATLANTA _ Chicago’s Kyle Hendricks and Atlanta’s Sean Newcomb each will make their first starts of the season on Monday night when the Cubs visit the Braves in Atlanta’s home opener. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6:10 p.m. CT.


CLEVELAND _ Their bats as cold as the early-spring weather, the Cleveland Indians start Mike Clevinger on Monday in their home opener against the Chicago White Sox. Cleveland scored just five runs in three games over the weekend in Minnesota. By Tom Withers. Game starts at 3:10 p.m. CT.


It’s common for baseball’s top prospects to spend a bit of time in the minors at the beginning of the season, but the Padres and White Sox put Fernando Tatis Jr. and Eloy Jimenez on the big league roster for opening day. Tatis, a shortstop, had two hits in San Diego’s win over San Francisco. Jimenez, an outfielder, had a run and an RBI in Chicago’s loss to Kansas City. By Noah Trister. SENT: 630 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ The Central-leading Winnipeg Jets will try to snap a three-game losing streak when they meet the Chicago Blackhawks, who would be eliminated from playoff contention if they lose and Colorado beats St. Louis. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. CT.


NEW YORK _ The Chicago Bulls visit the New York Knicks on Monday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. CT.


NEW YORK _ The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics were stepping stones for LeBron James on his annual trips to the NBA Finals. Now they are getting ready for their chance in the Eastern Conference playoffs that no longer include James. The Raptors appear set to be the No. 2 seed and the Celtics are fighting for fourth. Boston is still hoping to live up to its preseason expectations. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 920 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ Defending NCAA champion Notre Dame and Stanford meet Monday for a shot at the Final Four when they face off in the Chicago Region final. The Irish are in their 10th Elite Eight and eighth in nine years while the Cardinal reached their 20th regional final. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m. ET.


BKC--IOWA ST-HORTON-TUCKER, from AMES, Iowa: — Iowa State freshman guard Talen Horton-Tucker, a Chicago native, intends to declare himself eligible for the NBA Draft after just one season with the Cyclones.

FBN--BEARS-LYNCH: The Chicago Bears are bringing back linebacker Aaron Lynch on a one-year contract. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Lynch made three starts and appeared in 13 games last season.


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