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

May 14, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Eight years after Illinois abolished the death penalty, the state’s Republican governor on Monday proposed reinstating the punishment for mass killers and people who gun down police officers. Gov. Bruce Rauner tied the death penalty plan to gun restrictions favored by Democrats who control the Legislature — inserting it into legislation that lengthens the waiting period for taking possession of rifles or shotguns from 24 hours to 72 hours, and adding other limits on firearms possession. By John O’Connor. SENT: 675 words.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The foundation that supports the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is selling a black dress once owned by movie star Marilyn Monroe to raise funds to repay a loan used to buy artifacts relating to the 16th president. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation is putting nine items up for auction in Las Vegas June 23, including photos of the 1950s movie icon. Julien’s Auctions says the wool dress could sell for more than $60,000. SENT: 300 words.


YORKVILLE, Ill. — Officials in northeast Illinois have approved plans for a historical marker to commemorate the original location of the state’s northern boundary. The aluminum cast marker will be installed in Yorkville’s Town Square park this summer. The marker will tell the story of how Illinois U.S. Rep. Nathaniel Pope introduced an amendment that pushed the border further north and gave the state access to Lake Michigan. SENT: 280 words.


EAST CHICAGO — A utilities director in northwest Indiana says lagging participation in a lead water service line replacement project could affect the area’s ability to justify future projects. The East Chicago Water Board approved a $3.1 million plan last year to replace lead and galvanized steel water services lines in nearly 400 homes in the USS Lead Superfund site. The site includes the West Calumet Housing Complex, where about 300 families were forced from the complex after 2016 tests found high lead levels in blood samples of some children. SENT: 350 words.



NEW YORK — Sears Holdings Corp. is considering selling its storied Kenmore brand along with other related assets. The ailing company, which is based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and operates department stores under the Sears and Kmart names, says a special committee of its board is starting a formal process to explore the sale. By Anne D’innocenzio. SENT: 170 words, photos.


— AMAZON GO-EXPANSION: Amazon, which opened a cashier-less store in Seattle this year, plans more locations in Chicago and San Francisco.


— CHICAGO DRINKING FOUNTAINS: The Chicago Park District says it may remove up to half its outdoor drinking fountains after tests found high levels of lead in the water.

— AMAZON GO-EXPANSION: Amazon, which opened a cashier-less store in Seattle this year, plans more locations in Chicago and San Francisco.

— PEARL HARBOR SAILOR BURIALS: The families of two sailors with Illinois ties who were killed during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are preparing for their burials. Military officials say DNA testing helped identify remains of the sailors who were among 429 killed when the USS Oklahoma sank.

— MOUNT STERLING DOWNTOWN: A small central Illinois community is receiving $1.5 million in federal funds to revitalize its aging downtown infrastructure. Mount Sterling plans to use the funds to make its sidewalks more handicapped-accessible. The city will also install LED lighting and update its streetscape. SENT: 130 words.

— ROCKFORD POLICE-DASHBOARD CAMS: A state grant will help the Rockford Police Department equip all its squad cars with dashboard cameras. The agency received a $200,000 grant from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

— MOTORCYCLIST CHASE-SHOOTING: Authorities in northwestern Indiana say they have a person of interest in custody after a motorcyclist crashed and pointed a gun at a sheriff’s deputy who then fired several times at the man.



CHICAGO — Ozzie Albies hit a leadoff drive for his 13th homer, Jose Bautista connected for a three-run shot and the Atlanta Braves held off the Chicago Cubs for a 6-5 victory on Monday. Julio Teheran (4-1) pitched six innings and Tyler Flowers hit his first homer this season as NL-leading Atlanta (25-15) won for the sixth time in seven games. The surprising Braves moved 10 games over .500 for the first time since July 28, 2014. A.J. Minter worked a shaky ninth inning for his second save in the makeup of an April 15 rainout. BY Mike Helfgot. SENT: 520 words, photos.


Even with the conference finals going on, the NBA’s eyes turn to the future this week. A future that, perhaps, will have less tanking. The draft lottery — the last before changes come next year to dissuade tanking — is Tuesday night, and then about 70 players will partake in the draft combine that starts on Wednesday. Those events are both happening in Chicago, as are some various league meetings such as a gathering of NBA general managers and other front-office executives. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos.


CHICAGO — It has been almost a year since Danielle Kang won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and her life looks pretty much the same. Kang still has the same friends, everyone from fellow LPGA star Michelle Wie to hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky. She remains active on social media, delighting her Instagram followers with a peek at her life on and off the course. She continues to work on her game. But there has been one major change for the 25-year-old player since her first LPGA Tour victory. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 625 words, photos.


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