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

January 25, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO _ The Illinois attorney general’s office has signaled it may be looking into the possibility of a rare sentencing-related appeal if they conclude a prison sentence of under seven years imposed on a white Chicago police officer last week for second-degree murder in the slaying of black teenager Laquan McDonald was wrongly calculated. The office said in a statement emailed Thursday they are reviewing Jason Van Dyke’s sentence. With credit for good behavior, Van Dyke will likely serve only around three years for a shooting 16 bullets into McDonald, continuing to fire as the teen crumpled to the street. By Michael Tarm. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos.



ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Hoping to scare Muslims into leaving the U.S., members of an Illinois militia group rented a truck and drove more than 500 miles (805 kilometers) to bomb a Minnesota mosque, two men admitted Thursday. Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris said that when they arrived at the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington on Aug. 5, 2017, they broke a window and threw a lit pipe bomb and a gasoline mixture inside, causing an explosion, fire and extensive damage. No one was injured in the attack, which happened just as morning prayers were about to begin. By Amy Forliti. SENT: 705 words, photos.




CHICAGO _ The Illinois Supreme Court will decide in the coming months if Chicago’s food truck regulations are unconstitutional. The Chicago Tribune reports that the state’s high court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in a case that dates back to 2012. The lawsuit says the regulations unfairly suppress competition. Chicago officials have said the city has the right to “balance the interests of food trucks and those of restaurants.” SENT: 300 words.


MINNEAPOLIS _ The Upper Midwest is about to plunge into a deep freeze. The National Weather Service says the wind chill factor could dip to 40 to 50 degrees below zero (40 to 45 below zero, Celsius) in parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota and to 30 to 35 below (34 to 37 below, Celsius) in the Dakotas starting Thursday night. The wind chill advisory covers “pretty much the entire Upper Midwest,” stretching from the Dakotas into Kansas and east to Ohio, including northern Missouri, central Illinois and central Indiana. SENT: 260 words, photo.


_VOLLEYBALL COACH-CHILD PORNOGRAPHY: The director of a suburban Chicago volleyball club is accused of videotaping patrons of the facility.

_PROSECUTOR-LEGALIZING MARIJUANA: Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx says she supports legalizing marijuana in Illinois and that her office will help expunge misdemeanor marijuana convictions.

-ILLINOIS GOVERNOR-IMMIGRANTS: Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed an executive order his office says will help protect immigrants and refugees in Illinois.

-FATAL ACCIDENT-PLEA: A southern Illinois man has pleaded guilty in connection with a 2017 vehicle crash that left two men dead.

-LEGIONNAIRE’S DISEASE-ILLINOIS: Illinois officials are using bottled water for drinking and preparing meals after discovering the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease at the Manteno veterans’ home.

-POLICE SHOOTING-ILLINOIS: Police say an officer shot and wounded a man who pointed a gun at them at a strip mall in suburban Chicago.

-OFFICER-STAGED SUICIDE: A trial date has been set for the wife of a suburban Chicago police lieutenant who killed himself and made it look like it was duty related.

-PENTHOUSE SALE-RECORD PRICE: Billionaire Citadel hedge fund founder Ken Griffin has purchased a penthouse in New York for roughly $238 million.

-OFFICE SHOOTING-INDIANA: Authorities say a sheriff’s officer fatally shot a 46-year-old man who allegedly attacked a family member and officers at a northwestern Indiana home.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ Chuck Pagano is ready to embrace the “opportunity of a lifetime” as the Chicago Bears’ defensive coordinator. He inherits a group that ranked among the best in the NFL and helped Chicago win the NFC North after four straight last-place finishes. The Bears made the playoffs for the first time in eight years in their first season under coach Matt Nagy. “It’s an opportunity of a lifetime,” Pagano said Thursday. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 790 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ The Seattle Redhawks take on the Chicago State Cougars on Thursday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. CT.


MARTIN, Tenn. _ Eastern Illinois plays Tennessee-Martin in a Thursday road game. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO _ Detroit takes on Illinois-Chicago in a road game Thursday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.


BBN-CUBS-BRACH: A person familiar with the situation says free agent reliever Brad Brach and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract that guarantees $4.35 million.


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