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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 1:30 pm, IL

June 3, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 1:30 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. Rick Callahan 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

CHICAGO POLICE-WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS

CHICAGO — For years, the Chicago Police Department has been trying to move past a shameful chapter characterized by coercion and brutality, shelling out multimillion-dollar settlements to men who were tortured into confessing to serious crimes they didn’t commit. But as the number of cases linked to disgraced former police commander Jon Burge dwindles, a flurry of drug and murder convictions linked to two other former officers have been overturned. And the vindicated inmates are walking out of prison ready to sue. By Don Babwin. SENT: 750 words. With AP Photos.

BREAST CANCER

CHICAGO — Most women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease, doctors are reporting from a landmark study that used genetic testing to gauge each patient’s risk. The study is the largest ever done of breast cancer treatment, and the results are expected to spare up to 70,000 patients a year in the United States and many more elsewhere the ordeal and expense of these drugs. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 860 words. With AP Photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

FOOD TRUCKS-LAWSUIT

CHICAGO — A lawsuit that challenges the rigidity of Chicago’s restrictions on mobile food vendors will go before the Illinois Supreme Court. The state Supreme Court agreed on May 30 to hear Laura Pekarik’s case. Pekarik owns LMP Services Inc. and runs a food truck called Cupcakes for Courage. She sued Chicago in 2012 shortly after the city’s food truck regulations were introduced. Those rules require food trucks to be at least 200 feet away from businesses that serve food. SENT: 240 words.

HIGH SCHOOL ESPORTS

DECATUR, Ill. — More than two dozen Illinois schools have started esports teams as the Illinois High School Association has recognized video gaming as an emerging high school sport. Eisenhower High School is one of those schools, and so far more than 30 students at the Decatur school have expressed an interest in its new esports team. The season will run October through January, with practices starting in August. Teams compete in multiplayer games over the internet, but play in person for the state level competition. SENT: 330 words.

EXCHANGE-CHANGE OF LIFE

QUINCY, Ill. — Dan Conboy’s professional career focused on the legal system, but in his private time, the retired parole officer always has sought out the stage. The Quincy Community Theatre executive director has played Bob Cratchet in the Christmas Carol five times, but he thinks the time may have come for him to seek out the Scrooge role instead. His favorite roles have been the Giver in “The Giver” and Man in Chair in “The Drowsy Chaperone.” His most recent role was as Horace Vandergelder in “Hello, Dolly!” ″Community theater instills a sense of community,” he said. “You get to contribute to each other, and there’s really nothing more fulfilling than that. The things that make you feel best are how you contribute and help other people.” By Matt Dutton. The Herald-Whig. SENT: 700 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-COLD WAR SERVICE.

MAHOMET, Ill. — Cold Warrior Leon Eisenhauer worked with coded messages in the 1950s, sometimes in NATO trucks not far from the East German border. When he was transferred into the engineering corps, an officer told him not to shoulder his rifle. Eisenhauer, 84, had been raised on a farm in southern Illinois, and came to the area as a pre-med student at the University of Illinois on a scholarship. Then, after enlisting in the Army for three years, he was back to scoring high in infantry and advanced infantry and was tops in leadership training. Then he qualified for a special skill: learning radio skills, Morse code and the code used to prevent the Communists from knowing what the U.S. and other NATO nations were planning. By Paul Wood. The News-Gazette. SENT: 500 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL DRIVE-BY-CHICAGO: One man has been killed and three other people wounded during a drive-by shooting on Chicago’s South Side.

— TRUCKER-SLINGSHOT ATTACKS: A central Illinois prosecutor says a truck driver from Wisconsin used a slingshot and metal ball bearings to shatter windows in vehicles along Interstate 74.

— SEMI-AUTOMATIC FIREARMS-DEERFIELD: Gun-rights groups want a judge to block the northern Chicago suburb of Deerfield from enforcing its ban on certain semi-automatic guns.

— BICENTENNIAL COIN: Illinois residents can vote on their favorite of five designs for a souvenir coin marking the state’s 200th birthday.

SPORTS:

BBO--BREWERS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO — Brent Suter looks to win his fourth straight start as the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers wrap up a weekend series against the struggling Chicago White Sox. The Brewers have won six of their past eight games and are going for their seventh straight series victory. Dylan Covey starts for the White Sox, last in the AL Central at 17-38. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET.

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