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

October 5, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO — Jurors reached a verdict Friday in the trial of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. The verdict will be announced at 1:45 p.m. CDT. Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated battery and official misconduct. The judge told jurors just before they withdrew to begin deliberating that they will have the option of convicting the officer of the lesser charge of second-degree murder. First-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life. If convicted of second-degree murder, Van Dyke could face 15 years or more in prison, but probation is also an option with that charge. By Don Babwin and Michael Tarm. SENT: 900 words, photos. Will be updated.




CHICAGO — Medical marijuana use is up more than 80 percent in Illinois, with PTSD as the most common condition treated, according to a report by the state Department of Public Health. More than 46,000 people have used medical marijuana in Illinois this year. Almost 75 percent of patients are more than 40 years old. More than 4,000 people used medical cannabis to treat PTSD, about 3,400 treated fibromyalgia and 2,500 people treated cancer. SENT: 300 words.


LAS VEGAS — Trial has been reset to next year in Las Vegas for a man facing felony child sex and abuse charges in Nevada and a separate murder charge in Illinois, where his 6-year-old daughter’s body was found in a St. Louis-area town. Jason Quate’s trial had been scheduled Monday, but a judge last month granted his court-appointed lawyer more time to prepare. Prosecutor James Sweetin said Friday that he’ll be tried first in Las Vegas and then in St. Clair County, Illinois. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


— ILLINOIS STUDENT-ALCOHOL FIRE: A University of Illinois student could face criminal charges after police say he accidentally caused serious burns to another student by setting a bottle of alcohol on fire.

— BANK ROBBERY-LOTTERY TICKET: Authorities say a dropped lottery ticket led investigators to the man who robbed a suburban Chicago bank. Court documents say an FBI agent found an Illinois lottery scratch-off ticket that surveillance video showed falling from the man’s pocket during the Sept. 28 robbery of a Chase Bank branch in Palatine.

— PEOPLE-CHANCE THE RAPPER-CHICAGO: Chance the Rapper says he’s donating $1 million to help improve mental health services in Chicago. The Chicago native made the announcement Thursday during a summit for his nonprofit organization SocialWorks. With AP Photo.

— CHICAGO HOTELS STRIKE: New contract agreements have been reached at four more downtown Chicago hotels, nearly a month after strikes began at about two dozen locations.

— CHICAGO MARATHON-TRAFFIC: The city of Chicago is urging people to use public transportation and prepare for road closures during this weekend’s Chicago marathon. More than 40,000 runners will participate in Sunday’s 26.2-mile race.

— ILLINOIS-COAL REGULATIONS: The Illinois Pollution Control Board has refused to adopt a proposal by Gov. Bruce Rauner to relax limits on pollution from the state’s coal-fired power plants. The proposal by Rauner was intended to help a struggling industry.

— ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL-UNITED CENTER PARTY: A Gettysburg Address rap by Broadway in Chicago’s “Hamilton” star Miguel Cervantes, Illinois-bred rockers REO Speedwagon and a cast of Prairie State celebrities will highlight the state’s 200th birthday party Dec. 3.

— OHIO RIVER-WATER STANDARDS: A commission that watches over the Ohio River’s health has put off a vote on whether to move away from its role of setting pollution standards for the river.

— SPRINGFIELD-MURDER CHARGES: Four central Illinois residents have been charged in connection with the death of a man last month inside a Springfield hotel.

— FAST FOOD WORKERS-PROTEST: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky was among more than 50 people were cited by police at a Chicago protest calling for higher wages and union rights for fast food workers.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears rolled into their bye with their most lopsided victory in six seasons and sole possession of the NFC North lead for the first time in five years. For a team long buried at the bottom of the division, it’s a different look. Just don’t tell coach Matt Nagy the Bears are the surprise of the NFL. By Sports Writer Andrew Seligman. SENT: 800 words, photos.


PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Coaches Lovie Smith of Illinois and Chris Ash of Rutgers are in the third year of trying to rebuild programs. Both sense an opportunity. “Two teams that feel like they have to have this game. That’s what we’re concentrating on as much as anything,” Smith said. “And all of our thoughts are going in to Rutgers. This is as big of a game as we’ve had in a long time as we see it.” By Matt Sugam. SENT: 550 words.


EAST LANSING, Mich. — Two years ago, Michigan State and Northwestern combined for 94 points. Last season, they threw for over 800 yards. Their next meeting is this weekend, but both teams have issues that could prevent another shootout. It’s not clear who will be available Saturday when No. 20 Michigan State hosts Northwestern. By Sports Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 600 words, photos.


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