AP-IL--Illinois News Digest 6pm, IL
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 email@example.com. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.
CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD
CHICAGO — The trial of three Chicago police officers charged with lying to protect a fellow officer from criminal prosecution after he fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald began with prosecutors pointing to reports they contend were falsified and defense attorneys putting much of the blame on the teen himself. Ex-Officer Joseph Walsh, former Detective David March and Officer Thomas Gaffney “violated the public trust” when they “began to fashion a story (and) create lies that were designed to help (Jason) Van Dyke avoid the consequences of his actions,” Special Prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes said during opening statements Tuesday. By Don Babwin. SENT: 580 words, photos.
AROUND THE STATE:
JAILED LITHUANIAN-PEDOPHILE RING
CHICAGO — Oral arguments at a federal appeals court in Chicago over a request by a former Lithuanian lawmaker to halt her extradition to her homeland focused largely on whether an anti-pedophilia movement she launched in Lithuania early this decade qualified as a major rebellion. Neringa Venckiene, 47 and jailed in Chicago, faces charges in Lithuania that include submitting false reports regarding her allegations a ring of influential pedophiles in Lithuania victimized her 4-year-old niece. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 430 words, photo.
OIL PIPELINE-PROTESTER INJURY
BISMARCK, N.D. — A New York City woman who suffered a severe arm injury while protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota two years ago is suing law enforcement even though she does not yet have evidence that might help her prove law officers were to blame. Sophia Wilansky was injured during a violent November 2016 clash between protesters and police during the unsuccessful months-long protest in North Dakota against the $3.8 billion pipeline that began carrying oil to Illinois in June 2017. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 460 words.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois General Assembly convenes Wednesday as its fall session winds down. The House voted Tuesday to override a veto on raising to $2 million the cap on damage awards in lawsuits against the state. The law is now in effect. Supporters say the $100,000 cap set in the early 1970s didn’t fairly compensate victims. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner had suggested a $300,000 cap. By John O’Connor. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated on merits.
DES MOINES, Iowa — American farmers still working to get out their remaining soybeans after a weather-plagued harvest season are struggling to figure out what to do with a record crop now their traditionally dominant export market is largely closed. Usually by this point in the year, 100-car trains filled with North Dakota soybeans would be moving to ports on the West Coast destined for China. But this year is different, after China all but stopped buying U.S. soybeans in response to President Donald Trump’s trade tariffs. Fearful of economic failure, farmers are frantically trying to determine how to store a potentially 1 billion-bushel surplus until it can be sold at a decent price. By David Pitt. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— JFFF SESSIONS-CHICAGO: Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to deliver a speech in Chicago on violence in the nation’s third largest city.
— MIDWEST STORM-ILLINOIS: Officials of Commonwealth Edison say the utility is adding more crews in its effort to restore power to thousands of customers left without power following Sunday’s snow storm.
— LINCOLN PRIZE-BUSH: Former President George W. Bush will receive a prestigious leadership prize from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. The foundation says Bush will receive the 2019 Lincoln Leadership Prize during a ceremony on April 1 in Chicago. With AP Photo.
CHICAGO — The Vegas Golden Knights visit Chicago, which could see Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini make their Blackhawks debut after being acquired Sunday in a trade with Arizona. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. CT
CHICAGO — Loyola-Chicago hosts No. 5 Nevada in a matchup between teams that met in the Sweet Sixteen last season. The Ramblers beat the Wolf Pack on the way to the school’s first Final Four since winning a barrier-busting NCAA championship in 1963. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. CT.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame (5-1) plays the final of seven straight home games to start the season when Illinois visits Tuesday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Illinois (2-4) snapped a four-game skid with a win Sunday over Mississippi Valley State. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game time 6 p.m. CT
— FBC--BIG TEN AWARDS: Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald is the unanimous choice for Big Ten coach of the year.
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