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

October 9, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

CHICAGO POLICE-OVERSIGHT

CHICAGO — The Trump administration is opposing a draft plan hammered out by Chicago and the state of Illinois for far-reaching reforms of Chicago police under federal court supervision. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a brief written statement Tuesday saying the Justice Department will file “a statement of interest” opposing the plan. Sessions says it is “imperative” that Chicago “not repeat the mistakes of the past,” adding that “the safety of Chicago depends on it.” By Michael Tarm. SENT: 135 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.

With:

— TRUMP-KANYE WEST: Rapper Kanye West has been invited to the White House. The White House press secretary West is scheduled to have lunch with President Donald Trump on Thursday, when they’ll talk about manufacturing, prison reform, preventing gang violence and reducing violence in Chicago, where West grew up. With AP Photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

TRUMP-ETHANOL

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. President Donald Trump is expected to announce he is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of high-ethanol blends during a trip to Iowa on Tuesday. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates possible from Trump remarks in Iowa at 6:30 p.m. CT

LYRIC OPERA-ORCHESTRA STRIKE

CHICAGO — Musicians with the Lyric Opera of Chicago have walked off the job. The musicians set up a picket line outside the Civic Opera House on Tuesday. They cite the company’s proposal to cut the number of orchestra musicians by five. The opera company also wants to cut the pay of remaining musicians by 8 percent and the number of working weeks by two weeks to 22 weeks. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words, photo.

LAKE MICHIGAN-ALLIGATOR

WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Authorities don’t know who dumped a 4-foot-long reptile into Lake Michigan, but they now know what kind it is. After initially believing the animal spotted Monday swimming near Waukegan, Illinois, by a startled kayaker was a caiman, officials now say it is actually an alligator. Either way, it had no business paddling around the suburban Chicago shoreline. SENT: 285 words, photos.

BUSINESS:

SEARS-BOARD MEMBER

NEW YORK — Sears Holdings Corp. is adding a restructuring expert to its board, suggesting the ailing retailer may be preparing to take significant actions to survive or to protect its remaining assets. The Hoffman Estates, Illinois, company, which also owns Kmart, said Tuesday it was bringing on board Alan Carr, managing member and CEO of Drivetrain LLC, a restructuring advisory firm. In a release, Sears said Carr has significant experience as a principal, investor and adviser leading complex financial restructurings, as well as serving as a director of reorganized businesses in the U.S. and Europe. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 300 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD: The white Chicago Police officer convicted of murder in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald has been moved to a Western Illinois jail and will remain there while he awaits sentencing.

— CONSTRUCTION SITE DEATH: Authorities say a steel beam fell at a construction site in suburban Chicago, fatally injuring one worker and badly hurting another. A crane was lifting beams from a semitrailer Tuesday morning at a nine-story apartment building under construction in Evanston when the beam fell onto the workers.

— SPRINGFIELD RACE RIOT: Archaeological work could begin this fall on the remains of seven homes destroyed during the 1908 race riots in Springfield, Illinois — deadly unrest that precipitated the creation of the NAACP.

— ILLINOIS SCHOOL SHOOTING-AWARD: The police officer credited with stopping a northern Illinois school shooter has been praised by President Donald Trump after being named Officer of the Year by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. With AP Photo.

— UIC-SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Highly successful students will be able to attend the University of Illinois-Chicago for free under a new program seeking to keep the state’s top students at home.

— TOWNSHIP-STOLEN FUNDS: A former employee of a suburban Chicago township has been accused of embezzling government funds to pay personal expenses including credit card and utility bills.

— AMTRAK-SOUTHWEST CHIEF ROUTE: Amtrak says the Southwest Chief train route connecting Chicago to Los Angeles with stops in Colorado will stay in operation as is for at least another year.

— SCHOOL BUS CRASH: Police say three schoolchildren have been hospitalized after the bus they were riding on was rear-ended by a car in northwestern Indiana.

SPORTS:

BKN--NBA DIVERSITY-FRONT OFFICES

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sees one simple way for both the NBA and women to mark real progress in the league. Hire more women in positions of power. “I think there just has to be more, more of the same,” said Popovich, who during the offseason promoted assistant coach Becky Hammon, moving her one step closer to a head coaching seat. “There are more Beckys out there, they just have to be noticed and given the opportunity by people who are wise enough and courageous enough to do it and not just sit in the old paradigm.” By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 965 words, photos.

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