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

August 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO — A judge overseeing the murder trial of a Chicago police officer in the 2014 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald is holding off deciding whether the trial’s location should be changed. Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan on Friday said he will wait until jury selection to determine if a fair jury can be chosen for the trial of Officer Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke’s lawyers want the trial, scheduled to begin Sept. 5, moved out of Cook County. They say a jury chosen in the county would be swayed by the publicity surrounding the case. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Springfield and Central Illinois African-American History Museum will debut a new exhibit detailing the 1908 Springfield Race Riots. The exhibit will debut Saturday evening as the 110th anniversary of the event approaches on Aug. 14-15. Historian Carole Merritt curated the exhibit 10 years ago for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for the centennial commemoration of the race riots, but it’s been in storage since. SENT: 255 words.


SEATTLE — More states are suing the Trump administration to dissolve a settlement it reached with a company that wants to post instructions online for making 3D-printed firearms that are hard to trace and detect. Mostly Democratic attorneys general from 19 states, including Illinois, plus the District of Columbia, filed an amended complaint Friday asking a judge make it illegal to share plans on creating printable plastic weapons. One Republican — Colorado’s attorney general — joined the lawsuit. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 640 words, photo.


ROCKFORD, Ill. — An Illinois high school student and her father are suing a school district and several administrators alleging her civil rights were violated when she showed support for gun rights during an anti-school violence walkout. Madison Oster, 16, and her father, Jeremy Oster, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Rockford this week, the Rockford Register Star reported. The lawsuit names the Hononegah Community High School District 207, Superintendent Michael J. Dugan, high school executive associate principal Chad Dougherty and principal Eric Flohr as defendants. SENT: 295 words.


CHICAGO — A suburban Chicago man who was one of more than 100 survivors of a jet crash in Mexico this week is suing the airline. In the lawsuit filed Thursday in Chicago, 43-year-old Nestor Martinez of Northlake alleges that the Mexico-based Aeromexico was negligent in improperly taking off Tuesday during a severe storm. SENT: 130 words.


BALTIMORE — Several cities are suing President Donald Trump’s administration in federal court for allegedly sabotaging the Affordable Care Act. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on behalf of Baltimore; Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio; Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia. SENT: 130 words.


— REAR-FACING RESTRAINT-RAUNER: Illinois children must ride in rear-facing child-restraint seats in automobiles until age 2 under a law Gov. Bruce Rauner signed.

— REBATE CARDS-RAUNER VETO: Gov. Bruce Rauner has rejected legislation that would prohibit retailers from charging fees on rebate cards.

— SPRINGFIELD-BIKERS ROUNDUP: Springfield, Illinois, is hosting as many as 30,000 motorcyclists this week for the 41st National Bikers Roundup.

— POST OFFICE-RENAMING: The family of a central Illinois man killed while serving in Afghanistan will join public officials for a ceremony to rename the local post office in his honor.

— POLICE OFFICER-FRAUD: A former Chicago police officer has been sentenced to six months in prison for income tax fraud that netted him about $300,000.

— AIRLINE JOBS-SOUTH CAROLINA: A regional carrier for United Airlines is adding about 150 jobs in South Carolina. Air Wisconsin, which operates United Express flights from Columbia to Chicago and Washington-Dulles, will create a flight-crew base at Columbia Metropolitan Airport later this year.



CHICAGO — Javier Baez tied his career high with his 23rd home run and took over the National League lead with 84 RBIs, helping the Chicago Cubs defeat the San Diego Padres 5-4 on Friday. Jose Quintana (10-7) allowed one run and four hits in six innings, leaving with a 3-1 lead. Pedro Strop nearly wasted a 5-2 advantage, allowing Cory Spangenberg’s RBI double and Travis Jankowski’s run-scoring grounder before third baseman David Bote threw out Spangenberg at the plate trying to score on Manuel Margot’s grounder. By Matt Carlson. SENT: 465 words.UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays, who’ve won three straight, send Ryne Stanek to the mound in the opener of a weekend series against Lucas Giolito and the Chicago White Sox. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:10 p.m. CT.


CANTON, Ohio — Seven members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2018— nope, no Terrell Owens — discuss their upcoming induction. Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is among those being inducted on Saturday. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.




SANFORD, N.C. — One of the men convicted of killing basketball star Michael Jordan’s father 25 years ago has a new attorney to pursue his claims that he didn’t shoot James Jordan. WRAL-TV reports attorney Chris Mumma will represent Daniel Green, who appeared Friday in Lee County court to request a new trial and a new attorney. “When I became familiar with the full facts of the case, I became convinced he is not guilty of the murder of James Jordan, that he was not there when James Jordan was murdered, he was not part of a robbery of James Jordan, all things he was convicted of,” said Mumma, executive director of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence. SENT: 330 words.


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