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

May 17, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 6 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



DIXON, Ill. — A teenager used a 9mm semi-automatic rifle in firing shots at a northern Illinois high school before he was shot by a school resource officer, police said Thursday. Illinois State Police also said 19-year-old Matthew Milby’s mother bought the weapon in 2012 and that investigators were working to determine how he obtained it. Classes were canceled Thursday at Dixon High School, a day after authorities say Milby showed up in the morning as seniors met for a graduation rehearsal and fired several shots inside the building. SENT: 490 words, photos.


CHICAGO — Construction of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago has taken a major step forward with a city commission’s decision to sign off on the project. The Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday approved a proposal to build former President Barack Obama’s center in Jackson Park on the city’s South Side. The action came over protests from opponents who want an agreement that local residents will benefit from the $500 million project. The plan still has other hurdles to clear, including City Council approval. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal to reinstate the death penalty for certain violent crimes and other changes he made to gun legislation will get a House hearing. Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan announced Thursday that lawmakers will have a public hearing on the Republican governor’s proposal Monday. SENT: 130 words.


CHICAGO — The state of Illinois has taken control of special education at Chicago Public Schools after concluding a 2016 overhaul by the nation’s third-largest school system violated federal law. The Illinois State Board of Education voted Wednesday to take the unusual step of appointing an independent monitor to oversee all special education plans and policies for at least three years. SENT: 130 words.



CHICAGO — An Illinois man who defrauded friends and family out of more than $6.5 million has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle sentenced 47-year-old Henry Meyer on Wednesday. Meyer pleaded guilty in October to mail fraud for defrauding investors through a phony investment program for more than seven years by misrepresenting the return on their investment. SENT: 255 words.


RICHMOND, Va. — For the past six years, Richard Walls has been in jail more often than not. The longest stretch of time he’s spent outside a cell is 30 days. Walls is not a hardened criminal, but he is what Virginia calls a “habitual drunkard,” a designation that allows police to arrest him and jail him for up to a year if he’s caught with alcohol. In Aurora, Illinois, police keep a list of “habitual drunkards.” Their names and photographs are distributed to local businesses that sell alcohol. Businesses that sell alcohol to people on the list can be fined anywhere from $25 to $2,000. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 900 words, photos.


— S ILLINOIS-WATER DISTRIBUTION: A broken water main in southern Illinois has left several cities short of water, forcing the closing of schools and businesses.

— SUPREME COURT-RETIREMENT: The first African-American justice to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court is retiring.

— BANKERS SURVEY: A monthly survey of bankers shows that the economy is slowly improving in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states, including Illinois.

— TEACHER SALARY-ILLINOIS: The Illinois Senate has approved raising public school teacher salaries to a minimum of $40,000 a year.

— AGENT SHOT: A judge has denied bond to a purported Saints street-gang member charged with shooting of a federal agent in the face on May 4 on grounds that he is dangerous.

— AMTRAK SHOOTING-LEGISLATION: U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and John Hoeven of North Dakota marked the anniversary of the shooting of an Amtrak conductor in suburban Chicago with the introduction of legislation that would make such an attack a federal crime.

— CHICAGO CHILDREN’S CHOIR: Thousands of young singers from across all Chicago neighborhoods are coming together for a Chicago Children’s Choir performance. Organizers say 4,800 youth representing all 57 Chicago zip codes will perform at the May 24 Paint the Town Red concert in Millennium Park.

— LATINO SUMMIT-CHICAGO: Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is scheduled to address a conference in Chicago on economic issues facing the nation’s Latinos.

— OBAMA FOUNDATION: Former President Barack Obama has introduced the first group of his foundation’s fellows. The 20 fellows who met Wednesday with Obama in Chicago were described as civic innovators from 11 countries.

— OFFICER-TRAFFIC CRASH-GARY: A former northwest Indiana sheriff’s officer who authorities say struck a man with his squad car while intoxicated at the 2016 Gary Air Show is suing over his dismissal.



Charlie Young, a student at the University of Illinois and a self-described baseball geek, was at the right place at the right time when the Illini became one of the increasing number of college teams to delve into analytics. When coaches want to know about a pitcher’s velocity or spin of the ball out of his hand or a hitter’s exit velocity and launch angle off the bat, Young is their man. He grew up near Chicago, in Naperville, and his interest in analytics piqued after the Cubs won the World Series in 2016. By Eric Olson. SENT: 900 words, photos.


ATLANTA — Braves rookie Mike Soroka will face Cubs veteran lefty Jon Lester as Atlanta and Chicago play the decisive game of their three-game series on Thursday night. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 6:35 p.m. CT


CHICAGO — Cole Hamels gets the ball as the Texas Rangers open a four-game series against the major league-worst Chicago White Sox. James Shields pitches for Chicago. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT


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