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

July 30, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



GOSHEN, Ind. — When ICE put out a request for new immigration detention centers, a northern Indiana county that backed Donald Trump for president seemed like a natural fit. But in a community where immigrants, a significant number in the country illegally, play important roles, a proposal to build a 1,200-bed facility put families, businesses and decision-makers on a tightrope. Since 2011, contractors have proposed detention centers in seven communities near Chicago, from the exurb of Crete, Illinois, to the steel center of Gary, Indiana. “This is a game of whack-a-mole,” said Fred Tsao of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, who has worked with activists to push a number of those proposals to defeat. By National Writer Adam Geller. SENT: 2,800 words, photos. An abridged version of 950 words has also been sent. Moved in advance and available for immediate use.


NEW YORK — McDonald’s is fighting to hold onto customers as the Big Mac turns 50, but it’s not messing with the makings of its most famous burger. The company is celebrating the 1968 national launch of the double-decker sandwich whose ingredients of “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions and a sesame seed bun” were seared into American memories by a TV jingle. But the milestone comes as the company reduces its number of U.S. stores. McDonald’s said Thursday that customers are visiting less often. Other more trendy burger options are reaching into the heartland. By Food Industry Writer Candice Choi. SENT: 620 words, photo.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A foundation formed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner two years ago to fundraise for repairing the state fairgrounds is falling short of its $2 million to $3 million annual target. The State Journal-Register reports that the latest financial report filed by the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation shows income in 2017 was just over $32,000. Foundation Chairman John Slayton says it’s been “a slower process than what I envisioned.” He says there’s an education process involved in trying to secure donations. SENT: 265 words.


CHICAGO — Less than 1 percent of Chicago’s residents have been issued a city ID card since the program launched this summer. The city likely won’t reach its goal of handing out 100,000 free cards for at least a year. The city clerk’s office is overseeing the CityKey card program. City clerk’s office spokesman Jose Sanchez Molina says the office is making changes to speed up the process. SENT: 270 words.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The owners and operators of a tourist boat that sank this month in Missouri, killing 17 people, put profits over people’s safety when they decided to put the Ride the Ducks boat on a lake despite design problems and warnings of severe weather, a lawsuit alleges. The lawsuit filed Sunday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City seeks $100 million in damages on behalf of two of nine members of an Indiana family who died when the tourist boat sank July 19 at Table Rock Lake near Branson. Others killed were from Arkansas, Illinois and Missouri. By Margaret Stafford. SENT: 600 words, photos. Will be updated. With Missouri Boat Accident-Lawsuit-The Latest.


— PROTEST MARCH-CHICAGO: Organizers of a march this week that may snarl traffic in one of Chicago’s most heavily populated neighborhoods say they don’t want the support of the city’s mayor.

— COUNTY BOARD CHAIRMAN-ADDICTION: The leader of a county board in suburban Chicago is taking a 30-day leave of absence to undergo treatment for a drug addiction.

— POLICE SHOOTING-CHICAGO: A lawsuit has been filed in a fatal Chicago police shooting days after the release of body-camera video showing an officer firing at a 24-year-old as he sought to hop a fence. Lawyers filed the suit Monday in Cook County for Maurice Granton Jr.’s girlfriend and two baby daughters. With AP Photos.

— OBAMA LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION: Groundbreaking for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago will be delayed until next year because of a delay in the federal review process.

— ELGIN-FATAL SHOOTING: A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to 86 years in prison for fatally shooting a man, then kidnapping his girlfriend and their baby and leading police on a 90 mph chase.

— WWII LETTER: A Post Office custodian in suburban Chicago has returned a World War II letter he recently found while moving storage cabinets to the son of the soldier who wrote it in 1944 from France.

— CRASH-OFFICER KILLED: Police say a northern Illinois sheriff’s lieutenant was killed when he crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into an SUV.

— MATTOON-ILLINOIS SCHOOL SHOOTING: An Illinois high school student accused of shooting a classmate last year has waived his right to a jury trial.

— LOLLAPALOOZA-SECURITY: There will be more security at this year’s Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, where Bruno Mars, Jack White and the Arctic Monkeys are among the headliners for the four-day event. The festival starts Thursday.

— CATERPILLAR-RESULTS: Caterpillar’s second-quarter easily beat Wall Street expectations thanks in part to the blistering pace of construction and demand for big machines, a the company boosted its full-year earnings forecast again. With AP Photo.

— DUSABLE MUSEUM-FILM FESTIVAL: The DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago will host the #ChangeFest film festival in September.

— CHARTER SCHOOL-VILLAGE OF MEN: Quest Charter Academy in Peoria is seeking volunteers for its “Village of Men” to welcome students back to school.



BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — When linebacker Danny Trevathan returned to practice Monday after recovering from a pulled hamstring, it left the Chicago Bears missing only one inside linebacker — first-round draft pick Roquan Smith. When Smith will join the team is hard to say. After the New York Jets reached a contract agreement Monday with quarterback Sam Darnold, Smith became the lone unsigned pick from the 2018 draft class. By Gene Chamberlain. SENT: 690 words.


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