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

July 31, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

DARKNET SUSPECT

ATLANTA — An Illinois man who worked as a spokesman for a “darknet” marketplace used for illegal online sales is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday afternoon in federal court in Atlanta. Ronald L. Wheeler III of Streamwood, Illinois, pleaded guilty in March to a charge of conspiracy to commit access device fraud. Authorities have said AlphaBay was the world’s leading darknet marketplace — where people traded in illegal drugs, firearms and counterfeit goods — before it was taken down by an international law enforcement effort in July 2017. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated following 1 p.m. CT hearing.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

CONGRESS-IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON — Top federal immigration officials went before Congress Tuesday to defend their handling of President Donald Trump’s now-abandoned policy of separating migrant children from their families, saying they keep records of children in their custody. No. 2 Senate Democrat Richard Durbin of Illinois said he wanted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to resign, saying the policy shows “the extremes this administration will go to to punish families fleeing” horrible conditions, adding, “Someone in this administration has to accept responsibility.” By Alan Fram. SENT: 700 words, photos. Moving in national services.

AROUND THE STATE:

WRIGLEY FIELD-FAN INJURED

CHICAGO — A man, who was wearing a plastic bucket on his head when a large metal pin fell from Wrigley Field’s centerfield scoreboard during a Chicago Cubs game, says he feels lucky to be alive. Twenty-year-old Kyle McAleer was sitting with his family and friends under the manual scoreboard when he was hit by a 6- to 8-inch pin during last week’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

RETIREMENT HOME-SURPRISE DONATION

PONTIAC, Ill. — Officials of an Illinois retirement home that received a surprise $2.4 million donation say the funds will be used enhance the home’s facilities, programs and services. The faith-based, nonprofit Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac received the donation from the estate of E. Ruth Harris, who passed away last year at the age of 103. The gift was presented to the Evenglow’s board of trustees in June. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

MISSOURI BOAT ACCIDENT

INDIANAPOLIS — Members of an Indiana family who lost nine relatives when a tourist boat sank in Missouri filed a second lawsuit Tuesday, alleging the duck boat’s owners and operators ignored design problems and warnings, and put profits over people’s safety. The federal lawsuit was filed in Missouri ahead of a news conference the Coleman family planned in Indianapolis to discuss their lives since the tragedy broke “our family tree.” Seventeen of the 31 people aboard were killed in the sinking. Others killed were from Arkansas, Illinois and Missouri. By Rick Callahan. SENT: 400 words. Will be updated.

UNION-FEES-SUPREME-COURT-IMPACT

SALEM, Ore. — An Oregon state employee and a labor union have reached a settlement over her lawsuit seeking payback of obligatory union fees, marking the first refund of forced fees since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in late June that government workers can’t be required to contribute to labor groups, the employee’s lawyers said Monday. The Supreme Court ruling on June 27 involved Illinois state government worker Mark Janus, who argued that everything unions do, including bargaining with the state, is political and employees should not be forced to pay for it. By Andrew Selsky. SENT: 650 words, photos. Moving in national services.

IN BRIEF:

— FLIGHT-CABIN PRESSURE LOSS: An official says an American Eagle flight from Peoria, Illinois, bound for North Carolina landed safely after a sudden loss of cabin pressure.

— OTTAWA GAS LEAK: Several businesses, including a motel, in a northern Illinois community were evacuated after construction workers damaged a high-pressure natural gas line.

— LOTTERY-POLICE FUNDS: A new Illinois lottery game will generate money to help the families of police officers killed or severely hurt in the line of duty.

— EARNS-ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND: Archer Daniels Midland Co. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $566 million. The Chicago-based company said it had net income of $1 per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to $1.02 per share.

— BANK ROBBERIES-SENTENCING: A federal judge has handed a 38-year-old man a 19-year prison sentence for two bank robberies in southern Illinois.

SPORTS:

BBN--CUBS-PIRATES

PITTSBURGH — The NL-Central leading Chicago Cubs begin a brief two-game set with the surging Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday. Jon Lester (12-3, 3.06 ERA) starts for Chicago against Jameson Taillon (7-8, 3.73). By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 6:05 p.m. CT

BBA--ROYALS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO — The Kansas City Royals visit the Chicago White Sox for the opener of a three-game series between the worst teams in the AL Central. Danny Duffy pitches for last-place Kansas City, and James Shields gets the ball for Chicago. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT.

BKL--AROUND THE WNBA

NEW YORK — With the WNBA All-Star break in the rearview mirror teams are ready for the sprint to the of the regular season. All 12 teams will play eight or nine games over the next few weeks setting the stage for what should be of the most exciting final few weeks of the regular season in league history. There are only four losses separating second place Atlanta and ninth-place Las Vegas. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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