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

September 21, 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. Tom Davies is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — The jury in the trial of a white Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald has heard very little about race. But to spectators in the courtroom, the issue of race permeates every aspect of the case — from concerns that releasing the now famous video would ignite racial tensions to worries that possible unrest if the jury acquits Jason Van Dyke. The trial is being watched closely in Chicago and around the country as another chapter in a long national story about race and law enforcement. By Don Babwin. SENT: 850 words, photos.



PEORIA, Ill. — A U.S. Department of Agriculture report says crops are maturing more quickly in Illinois this year compared to 2017. The agency’s most recent Illinois Crop Progress and Condition report estimates that 75 percent of the corn crop was mature by Sept. 16, compared to 37 percent last year. Peoria County Farm Bureau manager Patrick Kirchofer says the recent hot and dry weather is perfect for harvesting. A naturally dried crop is more profitable because it doesn’t need to be heated at a grain elevator. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


— U OF ILLINOIS FUNDRAISING: The University of Illinois says it raised nearly $500 million in outside money over the past year, posting a record system-wide amount. The university announced Friday that the $498.5 million fundraising total for the 2018 fiscal year is $212 million more than it raised the year before in contributions and grants.

— CHICAGO HOTELS STRIKE: A hotel workers union says a new contract with Marriott International has been ratified, bringing partial resolution to a strike that began two weeks ago in Chicago. With AP Photos.

— SUPREME COURT-TAX EXEMPTION: The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a 2012 law that sought to clarify property tax exemptions for charitable hospitals. The court voted 7-0 as it ruled on a law that allows issuing tax exemptions to hospitals when the value of the “charity care” or “free or discounted services” they provide exceed its estimated tax liability.

— LANDFILL SCHEME: A 46-year-old Indiana man has pleaded guilty in Chicago federal court to an alleged scheme that involved his recycling firms reselling hazardous electronic waste.

— PESTICIDE VIOLATION: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a suburban Chicago company will pay a nearly $5 million administrative penalty for selling and distributing an unregistered pesticide.

— NIU PRESIDENT: Northern Illinois University’s board of trustees has chosen a woman as president for the first time since the school opened its doors in 1899.



CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was placed on administrative leave Friday following fresh allegations of domestic violence by his ex-wife. Last year, Melisa Reidy posted a photo on her Instagram account with a caption suggesting her husband of about 18 months had been unfaithful to her. Late Thursday, a blog post attributed to Reidy contained more detailed allegations, including years of physical and emotional abuse. SENT: 300 words, photos. Will be updated.


CHICAGO — Jose Quintana goes for his career-high 14th win, with a chance to get it against his former team, when the Chicago Cubs visit the crosstown White Sox. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 3:10 p.m. CT


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Trace McSorley and No. 10 Penn State visit Illinois for a Friday primetime matchup. One of the most decorated quarterbacks in program history, McSorley accounted for five touchdowns in the Nittany Lions’ 63-10 rout of Kent State last week. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. CT.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State coach Willie Taggart remains optimistic despite the rough start in his first season with the Seminoles. The Seminoles (1-2) have managed just 10 points in their losses to FBS teams, which is also the same number of sacks they have allowed. They will be without their top linemen on Saturday when they host Northern Illinois (1-2). By Bob Ferrante. SENT: 750 words, photo.


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