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

September 7, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



URBANA — Former President Barack Obama issued a scorching critique of his successor Friday, blasting President Donald Trump’s policies and his pattern of pressuring the Justice Department. Obama also reminded voters that the economic recovery — one of Trump’s favorite talking points — began on his watch. Obama’s speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was delivered less than two months before midterm elections that could determine the course of Trump’s presidency. The remarks amounted to a stinging indictment of political life in the Trump era. By Juana Summers and Sara Burnett. SENT: 990 words, photos.


— OBAMA-MIDTERMS-PRITZKER: Former President Barack Obama has made a campaign stop with Democratic candidate for Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker and his running mate, state Rep. Juliana Stratton.




BELLEVILLE — Las Vegas man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 6-year-old daughter whose remains were found in an Illinois garage last year. St. Clair County, Illinois, prosecutors charged Jason Quate Thursday in the death of his youngest daughter Alysha after an autopsy determined she died in 2014 from a head injury. His bail is set at $1 million. SENT: 370 words.


— CHICAGO MAYOR-JARRETT: Former presidential aide Valerie Jarrett says she will not join the political scrum developing to replace Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

— TRAFFIC OFFICERS-ALLEGED BRIBERY: Two Chicago police officers are accused of accepting thousands of dollars in bribes from a suburban attorney-referral service for contact information of people recently involved in traffic accidents.

— CHICAGO HOTELS-STRIKE: Workers are picketing outside several downtown Chicago hotels as housekeepers, servers, cooks and others participate in a strike as part of an effort to get better benefits.

— APARTMENT FIRE-CHICAGO: Six people — one of them a firefighter — have been injured in an apartment fire on Chicago’s South Side that officials say may have been deliberately set.

— SENIOR HOME-THEFT: Several workers at a Chicago seniors’ home are accused of stealing more than $600,000 from a 97-year-old resident suffering from dementia.

— COLLEGE TO CAREER: College-bound students and their families now can consult an online program to determine the post-graduate economics of attending school in Illinois.

— NORTHWESTERN-CAPITAL CAMPAIGN: Northwestern University has set a new target for its five-year capital campaign after reaching its original goal months early.

— CHICAGO POLICE-SESSIONS: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told an event for Chicago police that heeding the advice of those he dubbed “radicals” when it comes to police policy results in higher rates of violent crime.

— CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION: The Chicago Teachers Union has chosen a new president and vice president.



WASHINGTON — Jon Lester starts for the Chicago Cubs in the second game of their series against the Nationals. By Harvey Valentine. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6:05 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox host the Los Angeles Angels. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.



CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox top pitching prospect Michael Kopech has an injured right elbow and probably will need Tommy John surgery that will cause him to be sidelined through the 2019 season.


CHAMPAIGN — Illinois, looking to find its footing after a surprisingly tough comeback win against Kent State to open the season, in theory gets another tune-up game at home Saturday against Western Illinois. By Terry Towery. SENT: 600 words.


EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern wouldn’t mind a little payback against Duke, though the Wildcats were trying not to dwell on it, when the two teams meet on Saturday. A 41-17 loss to the Blue Devils on the road last year was part of a 2-3 start that threatened to derail a 10-win season that ended with a victory over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 600 words, photos.


OXFORD — Mississippi’s defense was a big concern heading into the season, but coach Matt Luke said last weekend’s 47-27 win over Texas Tech was a step in the right direction. Now the Rebels try to keep the momentum against Southern Illinois on Saturday. By David Brandt. SENT: 600 words, photos.


DEKALB, Ill. — Utah hopes to extend a non-conference winning streak to 21 in a first-time meeting with Northern Illinois and first against any Mid-American Conference foe. The Utes held Weber State to just 59 yards of total offense — fewest in the nation — in last week’s 41-10 season-opening victory. Northern Illinois lost 33-7 at Iowa. The Huskies have nine wins against Power Five conference opponents in the past 15 years. SENT: 640 words.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Although Matt Nagy has yet to coach a game for the Chicago Bears, he is proving as adept as a veteran coach at keeping trade secrets. After a week of avoiding certainties, Nagy all but confirmed new outside linebacker Khalil Mack would play against Green Bay. And even then, he avoided clarity. “Yeah, there’s a good shot of playing,” Nagy said Friday. “We just don’t know how much.” By Gene Chamberlain. SENT: 455 words, photo.


LAKE FOREST— Nose tackle Eddie Goldman and the Chicago Bears have agreed to a four-year contract extension through the 2022 season.


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