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

August 30, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

CHICAGO — Attorneys prosecuting a Chicago police officer in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald say the officer’s recent newspaper interview violates a court order not to discuss the case. By Don Babwin. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

2018 MIDTERMS-KOCHS

NEW YORK — The political network created by the billionaire Koch brothers announced plans to support eight House Republicans, including one in Illinois, pledging financial resources and activists to help re-elect several vulnerable congressmen deemed “principled” conservatives. by Steve Peoples. SENT: 560 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

AARON SCHOCK-CORRUPTION CASE

CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors in Springfield say they are transferring ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s corruption case to a team outside central Illinois. One legal expert says there is a good chance the case goes to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, where the new trial judge is based. By Michael Tarm. UPCOMING.

ROOF COLLAPSE-CHICAGO

CHICAGO — Authorities say at least eight people are injured after an explosion causes a section of roof to collapse at a Chicago water reclamation plant. Developing.

NEWBORN OPIOIDS-OUTCOMES

CHICAGO — Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother’s drug use while pregnant, according to the first big U.S. study to examine potential long-term problems in these infants. By Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 530 words, photos.

VOLKSWAGEN-EMISSIONS SETTLEMENT

CHICAGO — Illinois will use the $108 million from the government’s Volkswagen emissions scandal settlement to improve air quality, mostly by replacing old diesel engines with more environmentally friendly options. SENT: 280 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CHICAGO POLICE-OVERSIGHT: The Illinois attorney general’s office might be looking to a federal judge to decide whether Chicago police officers should record each time they point a gun at someone.

— WAREHOUSE FIRE-SENTENCE: A federal judge has sentenced a suburban Chicago man to six years behind bars for a 2016 fire that destroyed a furniture warehouse where he worked, causing more than $122 million in damages.

— ARMED ROBBER KILLED-LAWSUIT: The family of a man who was fatally shot during an armed robbery suburban Chicago computer repair shop has sued the store owner, claiming a security guard used excessive force by chasing him outside the business.

— FIERY FATAL CRASH: Authorities say three people from central Illinois have been killed in a fiery central Kansas crash.

SPORTS:

BILLS-BEARS

CHICAGO — Tight end Nick O’Leary, running back Travaris Cadet and perhaps even quarterback AJ McCarron get one last opportunity to make Buffalo’s roster when the Bills wrap up the preseason at Chicago. Don’t expect any Bears starters to get on the field after new coach Matt Nagy sat them last week. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

NORTHWESTERN-PURDUE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Northwestern opens this season on an eight-game winning streak. Purdue owns a three-game winning streak. On Thursday, the two resurgent programs will try to take their first step toward dethroning No. 4 Wisconsin as the West Division champion. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time is 7 p.m.

RED SOX-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO — The Boston Red Sox visit the Chicago White Sox for the opener of a four-game series. Rick Porcello pitches for major league-leading Boston, and Lucas Giolito gets the ball for Chicago. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.

CUBS-BRAVES

ATLANTA — The Chicago Cubs play the Atlanta Braves. 6:35 p.m.

BIG TEN-CALLOW QUARTERBACKS

In an earlier time, a true freshman starting quarterback wasn’t necessarily unthinkable, but it certainly was an outlier. Not so much anymore. Three of the Big Ten’s six new starters were in high school a year ago. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 800 words, photos, by 4 p.m.

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