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

September 18, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

CHICAGO — The second day of the trial of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald began the way the first day ended: with a police officer who was at the scene the night of the killing. Former officer Joseph Walsh was Jason Van Dyke’s police partner that night. Walsh testified Tuesday under a grant of immunity. Walsh is among three officers indicted on charges they conspired to cover up how the 2014 killing of McDonald happened. By Don Babwin. SENT: 250 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

EX-MARINE-ZION SLAYINGS

WAUKEGAN, Ill. — A former Marine under a death sentence for killing a sailor in Virginia has pleaded guilty to fatally attacking two young girls in a suburban Chicago park in 2005. Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes called 30-year-old Jorge Torrez “a serial killer” on Tuesday in sentencing him to 100 years in prison under a plea deal with prosecutors. Torrez admitted to the fatal stabbings of 8-year-old Laura Hobbs and 9-year-old Krystal Tobias on Mother’s Day 2005 in a Zion park. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

— ILLINOIS STATE FAIR: The Illinois State Fair lost nearly $210,000 on its Grandstand concerts in Springfield last month after seeing record ticket sales a year ago. Figures released by fair officials show it took a big hit over country star Thomas Rhett’s weather-canceled show.

— ICC-LINCOLN TOWING: A judge has ruled a Chicago towing company that had its license pulled by the Illinois Commerce Commission can continue to operate as it appeals the decision. The Illinois Commerce Commission voted unanimously last week to revoke Lincoln Towing Service’s license immediately, citing hundreds of alleged violations.

— ILLINOIS-TOP TEN SCIENTISTS: A University of Chicago scholar who led the construction of the first nuclear reactor and helped develop the first atomic bomb has been selected as Illinois’ top scientist in history in an online vote.

— ILLINOIS ABORTION LAWSUIT: An Illinois appellate court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed to stop a law that’ll expand Medicaid and state-employee group health insurance to cover abortions.

— CHICAGO-YOUTH SMOKING: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he’s proposing new measures aimed at cutting down on youth smoking, vaping and electronic cigarette use.

SPORTS:

FBN--BEARS-NAGY

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears shook off a tough loss and beat Seattle to give coach Matt Nagy his first career win on Monday night. They’ll try to make it two in a row when they visit Arizona. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BBN--CUBS-DIAMONDBACKS

PHOENIX — The Chicago Cubs try to make it two in a row over fading Arizona as they try to hang on to control of the NL Central. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 8:40 p.m. CT

BBA--WHITE SOX-INDIANS

CLEVELAND — The Chicago White Sox will call upon lefty Carlos Rodon (6-5) to start in Cleveland against Corey Kluber (18-7). Rodon is 4-2 with 2.44 ERA lifetime against the Indians. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:10 p.m. CT.

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