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

October 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Testimony in the murder trial of a Chicago police officer in the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald concluded Wednesday morning, a quiet ending to a trial just a day after the officer himself provided sometimes emotional and sometimes defiant testimony that what he saw did not unfold the way it did on dashcam video. Defense attorneys did not call any witnesses on Wednesday , but rolled out and put into evidence the squad car tire that McDonald stabbed with a knife before Officer Jason Van Dyke arrived and shot him 16 times. The attorneys are scheduled to give their closing arguments to the jury when they return to court Thursday morning By Don Babwin. SENT: 650 words, photos. Will be updated.



CHICAGO — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker will face off in their first two-way debate of the Illinois governor’s race. Wednesday’s debate at ABC7 in Chicago comes as polls show Pritzker with a sizable lead over the first-term incumbent. Rauner has been attacking Pritzker for ripping the toilets out of a home to get a $330,000 property tax break — a move the Cook County inspector general recently called a “scheme to defraud taxpayers.” Pritzker says he’s repaying the money and that the confidential report was leaked for political purposes. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated following debate scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. CT. With AP Photos.



TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration and Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge have agreed to replace twin 65-year-old crude oil pipes in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes with another that would run through a tunnel far below the lake bed, officials told The Associated Press. The plan calls for drilling an opening for the new pipeline through bedrock at depths that could exceed 100 feet beneath the Straits of Mackinac, a more than 4-mile-wide waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge. By Environmental Writer John Flesher. SENT: 750 words, photos. Will be updated.



NEW YORK — All seemed to be going well with Randolph Rice’s new receptionist. She asked for more responsibilities and got them, and said she was happy. Then, two months into the job at Rice’s law office, she didn’t show up for work or call in sick. Rice tried to reach her, but got no response. He’d been ghosted: The receptionist ended the work relationship in much the same way many people end romantic associations, without a text, email, or call. Bret Bonnet was ghosted on what would have been an employee’s first day of work, just hours after the would-be staffer texted him, “See you tomorrow, boss man!” The man had already done all the paperwork for a $90,000 job at Quality Logo Products, a Chicago company that makes water bottles, pens and other promotional products. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.


— POLICE SHOOTING-ILLINOIS: Authorities say a suburban Chicago police officer has shot and wounded a motorist who hit two squad cars after police followed a vehicle into the city’s Far South Side. Chicago police say the shooting happened early Wednesday and a 25-year-old man was taken to a hospital in serious condition with a shoulder wound.

— NURSING HOME BUS CRASH: Authorities say two nursing home residents and two employees were killed when the bus they were riding slammed head-on into a grain truck in western Illinois. Illinois State Police say the 15-passenger bus caught fire after the crash Tuesday afternoon on U.S. 24 near Quincy and that all four people on board died.

— ILLINOIS BUDGET-UNION CONTRACT: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration says it needs up to two more months to produce a plan to provide three years’ back pay to union workers.

— HEALTH CARE-CHARGES: A suburban Chicago psychologist faces federal charges for allegedly submitting false claims to private insurers and Medicare.

— DUPAGE COUNTY-CANCER RISK: Gov. Bruce Rauner is now calling for the shutdown of a suburban Chicago plant suspected of emitting chemically polluted fumes that could elevate the risk of cancer. Rauner on Tuesday joined a chorus of elected officials calling for the shutdown of a Sterigenics International facility in Willowbrook.

— PARKING LOT SHOOTING: A suspect is being sought in a shooting that wounded a man and his 9-year-old son outside a northwestern Indiana store that authorities say stemmed from an ongoing dispute between two gang factions.



CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs headed into the offseason with some issues to address after getting knocked out by Colorado in a marathon wild-card game, whether it’s the inconsistency on offense or the future of manager Joe Maddon. Kris Bryant could use the offseason to heal. And shortstop Addison Russell’s future with the club is in doubt. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


— FBO-MILLEN-HEART DISEASE: Former NFL star and Detroit Lions executive Matt Millen is stepping away from his Big Ten network TV analyst job for the rest of this season to focus on his health. SENT: 130 words, photo.


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