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

January 6, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




CHICAGO — A 26-year-old transgender Chicago woman serving a 10-year sentence for burglary is seeking a rare transfer from a male to a female prison where she says she’ll be less vulnerable to abuse. A federal judge will hear testimony Friday on Deon “Strawberry” Hampton’s transfer request. She says guards single her out for regular sexual abuse, taunting and beatings at the high-security men’s prison she’s at now in southern Illinois. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 600 words, photo.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — It’s unlikely that the bacteria that led to the deaths of 13 military veterans from Legionnaires’ disease since 2015 can be eliminated, federal health officials said Friday in a report on a continuing outbreak of the deadly malady at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its findings on an investigation of the facility’s water supply on the same day that Sen. Dick Durbin toured the site, reversed his call for closing the 130-year-old home, and said he would do all he could to get federal support for continued remediation. By John O’Connor. SENT: 530 words.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A United Airlines flight from Chicago to Hong Kong was diverted to Alaska after a passenger was accused of soiling two lavatories and trying to flush his shirt down a toilet, officials said Friday. The man spread human waste in the lavatories Thursday before Flight 895 was diverted to Anchorage, airport police Lt. Joe Gamache said. By Rachel D’Oro. SENT: 230 words


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A University of Illinois expert is helping libraries in Puerto Rico assess and repair collections that were damaged by Hurricane Maria. The News-Gazette reports that the collections care coordinator at the University of Illinois Library is a Puerto Rico native. She’ll spend two weeks at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez teaching library staff how to assess their collections, clean them, put damaged materials in better storage and develop disaster preparedness plans. SENT: 330 words.


LOS ANGELES — Veteran Golden Globes producer Barry Adelman has been associated with the show for almost three decades, and executive produced every ceremony since 2001. Adelman shares some of his favorite memories as the show prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary on Sunday. Some of his favorite memories include Ving Rhames handing over his award to Jack Lemmon, and hosts Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. By Sandy Cohen. SENT: 70 words, photos. Illinois editors note Chicago interest.


—SUPPORT DOG-TRIAL: A McLean County judge says a teenager cannot be accompanied by a support dog when she testifies in an upcoming trial of a man charged with sexually abusing her.

—SIU STUDENT DEATH: The attorney for a man accused in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student from suburban Chicago says he will file a motion for a change of venue.

—CHICAGO POLICE-DOUBLE FATAL SHOOTING: A Chicago police officer fighting for his job after he fatally shot a teenager and a woman bystander in 2015 is under investigation for his role in a restaurant fight last month.

—MISSISSIPPI RIVER-BALD EAGLES: Locks and dams along the Mississippi River in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa are seeing more bald eagle sightings.

—METRO-EAST-BOIL ORDER: Illinois American Water has lifted a boil water order for customers in the Metro-East area near St. Louis that’s been in effect since Wednesday.

—FATAL CRASH-NATIVITY SCENE: A man being chased by police in Macoupin County in southwestern Illinois died when his car struck a nativity scene.

—LAKE MICHIGAN-SHELF ICE: Officials in northern Indiana are warning about the dangers of shelf ice that’s formed along the shores of Lake Michigan.

—FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT BUILDING: The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is trying to prevent a commercial building in northwestern Montana designed by the famed architect from being demolished.

—U OF I-TUITION: University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen says he will recommend that the school freeze its base tuition for incoming, in-state freshmen for a fourth consecutive year.

—FACEBOOK SHOOTING-CHICAGO: A Chicago woman has been charged in the non-fatal shooting of a 27-year-old woman as the victim streamed video live on Facebook.

—SPRINGFIELD-LIBRARY PRIVILEGES: The season of giving ended with 169 central Illinois children getting their borrowing privileges back at the Lincoln Library in Springfield.

—PEKIN LIBRARY-BICENTENNIAL: A central Illinois library is screening a series of documentaries to mark the state’s bicentennial.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is interviewing for the Chicago Bears’ coaching job. Shurmur could be a strong candidate considering the Vikings have an effective offense despite losing quarterback Sam Bradford and running back Dalvin Cook to injuries on the way to the NFC North championship. The Bears are looking to get the most out of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. SENT: 220 words.


DALLAS — The Chicago Bulls visit the Mavericks in a matchup of teams having remarkably similar seasons: miserably slow starts followed by respectable recoveries. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks host the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. CT.


MINNEAPOLIS — University of Minnesota standout Reggie Lynch faces suspension over an alleged violation of the school’s sexual misconduct policy after a second woman accused him of assault, according to newspaper reports published Friday citing a school investigation. The most recent accusation came last fall from a woman who said the Gophers center had assaulted her in his dorm room. Lynch transferred to Minnesota after playing two seasons at Illinois State. SENT: 625 words, photos.



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