BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 1:30 pm, IL
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 email@example.com. Tom Davies is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann.
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CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-COST
GENEVA, Ill. — A county board chairman has backed off his push demanding a full accounting of how much its state’s attorney spent serving as the special prosecutor in the murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke. Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen blamed what he called a lack of fortitude from other board members for not pursuing the information from State’s Attorney Joseph McMahon. Lauzen repeatedly sought details from McMahon over the cost since he was appointed two years ago to prosecute Van Dyke, who was convicted last week of murder in the 2014 shooting death of teenager Laquan McDonald. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.
AROUND THE STATE:
ALBANY, N.Y. — America’s recycling industry is in the dumps. A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and plastic containers to the landfill. Lack of markets led officials to scale back programs in many places, including Kankakee, Illinois. By Mary Esch. SENT: 800 words, photos.
COUNTY CARE CENTER
WATERLOO, Iowa — Black Hawk County supervisors have approved a deal to sell the county’s nursing and mental health care center, which has struggled financially in recent years. The board voted 4-1 Tuesday to sell Country View to Pritok Capital, which is based in Skokie, Illinois, and operates nursing homes in several states. The decision to seek purchase bids came after the county was forced to subsidize Country View with $1.5 million from the general fund this year and budget for a $2 million operating deficit next year. SENT: 250 words.
— FOOTBALL COACHES-GUN CHARGE: An Illinois judge is rebuffing claims that a youth football coach brandished a gun during a fight with parents, and he agreed to set lower bonds for both men arrested during the melee.
— METRA BUDGET: Metra says it won’t increase fares next year. But the suburban Chicago commuter rail agency is warning it needs more money to improve its deteriorating system, or service will have to be cut.
— ARGONNE-GEOTHERMAL GRANT: The U.S. Energy Department has named Argonne National Laboratory as one of seven recipients of federal funding to improve drilling methods for geothermal energy.
— SEXUAL ASSAULT-SENTENCING: A former pastor of a now-defunct suburban Chicago church has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a teenager.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — It’s been a week-and-a-half since Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had the game of his life — and one for the team’s history books. After a bye, the pressure is on Trubisky to prove it wasn’t a fluke as the team prepares for a trip to Miami to face the Dolphins. UPCOMING: 650 words.
DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has had dismal performances in losses the past two weeks, will try to bounce back Sunday behind an injury-riddle line against the Chicago Bears. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
CHICAGO — With a core of promising young players, the Chicago Bulls believe they are setting themselves up to make a jump after going 27-55 and missing the playoffs for the second time in three years. They’re banking on Lauri Markkanen building on an impressive rookie season and Zach LaVine showing he really is a cornerstone piece. It wouldn’t hurt, either, if Jabari Parker stayed healthy after signing with his hometown team in the offseason. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 700 words, photos.
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