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

June 6, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 1:30 p.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org. Tom Davies 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An employee in House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office has accused his chief of staff of mishandling allegations of sexual harassment and making inappropriate comments. Sherri Garrett is a $42,000-a-year account technician for the House. She said Wednesday that Madigan chief of staff Timothy Mapes was dismissive of harassment complaints on two occasions and made untoward comments to her and others in incidents from 2013 to just a few weeks ago. Mapes did not immediately return a message seeking comment. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words.


— CAMPAIGN WORKER-SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Lawyers for Illinois House speaker Michael Madigan are asking for the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by an ex-campaign worker who alleges her reporting of sexual harassment cost her a promotion in the speaker’s political organization. SENT: 130 words.



PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration cannot cut off grants to Philadelphia over the way the city deals with immigrants in the country illegally. U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson said in his ruling that the conditions the federal government placed on the city in order to receive the funding are unconstitutional, “arbitrary and capricious.” Philadelphia has said it will turn over immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement only if the agency has a warrant signed by a judge. A federal appeals court in April sided with Chicago in a similar dispute. By Claudia Lauer. SENT: 400 words.


— FREIGHT PROJECTS: Illinois officials are investing $240 million in two dozen projects designed to improve freight mobility throughout the state and relieve congestion. The Illinois Department of Transportation grants should also increase safety, draw private investment and improve connections between freight transport methods and commerce.

— RAIL ROAD FUNDING: Chicago’s South Side will see $132 million in federal funding to separate rail lines in an effort to alleviate train congestion in the area.



CHICAGO — The Illinois Appellate Court has ruled against environmental groups that were seeking to stop a proposed 47-mile tollway between Illinois and Indiana south of Chicago. The Environmental Law and Policy Center initially filed the lawsuit in 2014 against the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the Metropolitan Planning Organization. An Environmental Law and Policy Center official says the organization plans to appeal the decision. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.



NEW YORK — The age-old issue came up again recently: A potential client asked Nate Hartmann, “Hey, how old are you?” Since Hartmann founded Yellow Box in 2010 at age 18, he’s encountered skeptics who doubted his company could design websites and create online marketing strategies. Some clients even set out to teach them. “They tried to run us, instead of working with us to achieve their goals,” says Hartmann, whose company is based in Chicago. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 950 words, photos.


— POLICE SHOOTING-ELGIN: The family of a 34-year-old woman fatally shot by a suburban Chicago police officer is suing, saying non-lethal devices were available to subdue her. DeCynthia Clements was killed in March after a police chase and hourlong standoff. Officers say Clements set her car on fire and emerged with a knife.

— US STEEL-GRANITE CITY: U.S. Steel Corp. says it will restart the second of two shuttered blast furnaces at a southwestern Illinois mill and bring back about 300 workers. The decision by the Pittsburgh-based company follows a March announcement that it would restart the other blast furnace at the Granite City Works near St. Louis and recall 500 workers.

— CM PUNK-LAWSUIT: Jurors have cleared former World Wrestling Entertainment champ CM Punk of defamation and invasion of privacy in a lawsuit brought by a wrestling doctor. Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, hugged his wife, former WWE star A.J. Lee., as the panel in Chicago delivered its verdict on Tuesday. With AP Photo.

— ABANDONED BODY-DIARY: A 37-year-old St. Louis woman is charged with abandoning the corpse of an Illinois woman, and she has her own diary to blame.

— U OF I-FEED MILL: The University of Illinois says it will begin building a multi-million dollar feed mill to replace the one that’s stood for more than 90 years. Construction will begin Sept. 8 at the new site located at the U of I’s South Farms in Urbana.

— INMATES-FATHERHOOD CLASS: Male inmates at a suburban Chicago jail have completed a program to help them be better fathers once they’re released.



CHICAGO — Jose Quintana and Aaron Nola each look to build on strong outings as the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies continue their three-game series. Quintana threw six scoreless innings at the New York Mets, while Nola outpitched Clayton Kershaw in a 2-1 win at the Los Angeles Dodgers last week. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:05 p.m. CT.


MINNEAPOLIS — The White Sox and Twins play the third game of their series Wednesday, a day after the teams split a doubleheader. The White Sox will start Hector Santiago against his former team. He made 25 starts for the Twins over the 2016 and 2017 seasons. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT.


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