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

July 13, 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Corey Williams. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



GARDEN CITY, Ind. — Vice President Mike Pence turns nostalgic when he talks about growing up in small-town Columbus, Indiana, where his father helped build a Midwestern empire of more than 200 gas stations that provided an upbringing on the “front row of the American dream.” The collapse of Kiel Bros. Oil Co. in 2004 was widely publicized. Less known is that the state of Indiana — and, to a smaller extent, Kentucky and Illinois — are still on the hook for millions of dollars to clean up more than 85 contaminated sites across the three states, including underground tanks that leaked toxic chemicals into soil, streams and wells. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 1,930 words, photos. An abridged version also is moving.



CHICAGO — A new television campaign ad accuses Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican seeking another term in November, of profiting off President Donald Trump’s since abandoned “zero tolerance” border policy of separating immigrant children from their families. Rauner’s Democratic challenger, J.B. Pritzker, launched the ad Wednesday. By Amanda Seitz. SENT: 570 words, photo. Moved late Thursday and available for use.

— GOVERNOR’S MANSION: Gov. Bruce Rauner and first lady Diana Rauner are officially reopening the Illinois Governor’s Mansion after a more than two-year renovation. SENT: 130 words.

— FEDERAL FUNDING-ILLINOIS TODDLERS: Programs that help babies and young children and their low-income families in suburban Chicago are getting nearly $3 million. SENT: 110 words.



CHICAGO — The woman shown in a video being confronted by a man for wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag says a Chicago forest preserve police officer who appeared to ignore her pleas for help only intervened to tell someone else to “calm down.” Mia Irizarry spoke Friday to reporters about the June 14 incident in a Chicago forest preserve. The man who confronted her has been charged with a hate crime and the officer has quit his job. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 250 words. AP Photos, Video.


OREGON, Ill. — Efforts to restore a 107-year-old statue in northern Illinois have received financial backing this summer from the state and a local business. The Rockford Register Star reports that heavy-duty trailer manufacturing company E.D. Etnyre & Co. donated $100,000 this week for the Eternal Indian statue, colloquially known as Black Hawk. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


DIXON, Ill. — The Illinois Commerce Commission won’t be issuing a fine in connection to a fatal gas pipeline explosion that killed two men and injured two others in the northern part of the state. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


— POLICE SHOOTING-U OF ILLINOIS: Police say officers shot a University of Illinois student who was spotted near campus with a handgun and refused police to drop the weapon.

— BLOOMINGTON-THREE DEAD-ILLINOIS: Authorities say a man charged in a shooting that left three men dead and a 4-year-old boy wounded at a central Illinois apartment complex has been arrested during a Wisconsin drug bust. AP Photo.

— POLICE SHOOTING-U OF ILLINOIS: Police say officers shot a University of Illinois student who was spotted near campus with a handgun and refused police to drop the weapon.

— PARASITIC ILLNESS: Health officials in Illinois and Iowa are investigating an increase in people becoming sick from a parasite that causes intestinal illness.

— WABASH RIVER-BODY: Western Indiana police say an Illinois man whose body was found in the Wabash River apparently drowned while trying to swim across the river.

— GREAT LAKES-FIRE RETARDANTS: A U.S.-Canadian agency is suggesting ways the two nations can help prevent flame-retardant chemicals from polluting the Great Lakes.



SAN DIEGO — Tyler Chatwood and the Chicago Cubs, who are one game behind Milwaukee in the NL Central, open a weekend series against Clayton Richard and the San Diego Padres, who are last in the NL West. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 9:10 p.m.


CHICAGO — James Shields and Brad Kelly square off as the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals open a three-game series. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


SILVIS, Ill. — Steve Wheatcroft takes a one-shot lead into the second round of the John Deere Classic. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.


HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — Kenny Perry and Mike Small share a one-stroke lead to the second round of the Constellation Senior Players Championship. The two shot 7-under 65s on Thursday, with Bart Bryant, Glen Day and 2015 U.S. Senior Open champion Jeff Maggert one stroke back. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


WHEATON, Ill. — Elaine Crosby takes a one-stroke lead to the second round of the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open, with Trish Johnson, Laura Davies and Liselotte Neumann right behind her. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


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