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

February 12, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Illinois. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ Prosecutors on Monday asked Illinois’ highest court to review the less than seven year prison sentence for the white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald — an unusual move in what was already a rare case. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and the special prosecutor who won a murder conviction against former officer Jason Van Dyke, Kane County State’s Attorney Joseph McMahon, said they believe Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan improperly applied the law last month when he sentenced Van Dyke to six years and nine months in prison. By Don Babwin. SENT: 740 words, photos.

With: BC-US--CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-THE LATEST.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ILLINOIS-JUSTICE REFORM

CHICAGO — Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday announced the creation of a new office that will address what he says is a broken justice system. The Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative will be headed by Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton and is expected to look at criminal sentencing, education, poverty, and the link among the three. “It’s time to modernize sentencing, especially for low-level drug offenses,” Pritzker said. SENT: 330 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

TAINTED OFFICERS-CONVICTIONS

CHICAGO _ A judge has overturned the drug convictions of 10 more men who were framed by a disgraced former Chicago police sergeant, bringing the number of people cleared in the scandal to 63. SENT: 130 words.

LINCOLN FARMLAND-AUCTION

CHARLESTON, Ill. _ A plot of Illinois farmland once owned by President Abraham Lincoln is heading to auction. A retired farmer in the central Illinois city of Charleston is selling his family’s 590-acre farm, which includes a 30-acre plot once owned by the nation’s 16th president. SENT: 140 words. AP Photos pursuing.

IN BRIEF:

_ GREAT LAKES LEVELS: Experts are predicting higher-than-normal water levels on the Great Lakes this summer, some of which may set records.

_ SPRINGFIELD ZOO-MONKEY: One of the youngest additions to a central Illinois zoo is a titi monkey born about three weeks ago.

_ HISTORIC PLACES-ILLINOIS: Illinois officials say the state had 30 properties added to the National Register of Historic Places last year.

_ ILLINOIS GOVERNOR-TRANSITION REPORTS: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker released his transition-team reports on his 20th day in office.

_ U OF I-PARKING: Faculty and staff at the University of Illinois are going to have to dig a little deeper to pay to park at school.

SPORTS:

BKN--BUCKS-BULLS

CHICAGO _ Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks meet Lauri Markkanen and the Chicago Bulls. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

HKN--SURGING BLACKHAWKS

CHICAGO _ Somewhere along the way, while Patrick Kane was piling up points and the special teams were rounding into form, the talk around the Chicago Blackhawks shifted from draft positioning to the wild-card standings. Another surprising turn in a strange season. After two eight-game losing streaks, a coaching change and a handful of trades and minor league promotions, Chicago is somehow in the mix for a playoff spot in the congested Western Conference. The Blackhawks’ second line of Dominik Kahun, Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat accounted for nine points in Sunday’s 5-2 victory over Detroit, running their win streak to a season-high seven in a row. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 680 words, AP photos.

With: HKN--BLACKHAWKS-DELIA: Blackhawks goaltender Collin Delia has agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season. The average annual value is $1 million. SENT: 150 words.

BBN--CUBS-BRACH

CHICAGO _ Brad Brach and the Chicago Cubs have finalized a one-year contract that guarantees the reliever $3 million and could be worth $8 million over two seasons. Brach gets a $1.65 million salary this year and could earn $1.35 million in bonuses for days on the active major league roster: $350,000 for one, and $500,000 each for 120 and 150. SENT: 190 words.

Also:

BKC--NEVADA-CAROLINE MWC AWARD: Nevada forward and Illinois native Jordan Caroline has been named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week, averaging 26.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in the No. 7 Wolf Pack’s victories over Colorado State and New Mexico.

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