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

August 20, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



NAPERVILLE, Ill. — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet says it’ll reevaluate the residency of two priests who have faced sexual abuse allegations and live in a retirement home adjacent to a junior high school in a western suburb of Chicago. The Revs. James Nowak and Richard Jacklin reside at the St. John Vianney Villa in Naperville. The reevaluation comes after neighbors, school officials and parents raised concerns about the retirement home’s proximity to Kennedy Junior High School. SENT: 280 words.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois State Fair vendors say attendance and sales declined from last year. Vendors say the mostly favorable weather didn’t help boost sales for the fair that’s seen a downward trend over the past decade. Illinois State Fair manager Luke Sailer says some weekdays were a little slow because of school and people working during the day. But he says weekend crowds were good. SENT: 190 words.


EAST CHICAGO — Northwestern Indiana residents and environmental advocates say they’re perplexed that a federal agency took two years to release its first report about blood-lead levels in children who live at a lead-tainted Superfund site. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry report last week found that many young children who lived at the USS Lead Superfund site from 2005 to 2015 were nearly three times more likely to be lead-poisoned compared with children living elsewhere in East Chicago. SENT: 350 words.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri farmers suffering from intense droughts across the state will be able to hay and pump water from some state land through new relief programs announced Monday by Gov. Mike Parson. Missouri farmers are under heavy pressure because of the extent of the drought — Parson said 86 counties are currently on drought alert — and because they compete with farmers in neighboring Illinois, Nebraska and the northern half of Iowa, where it’s now drought-free. By Summer Ballentine. SENT: 400 words.


— RAUNER-MEDICALLY FRAGILE: Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law that gives families of extremely ill children more flexibility in health care.

— SEC COMPLAINT-CHICAGO: The Securities and Exchange Commission in Chicago accuses a father and son of a Ponzi-style scheme that raised at least $135 million since 2010 from over 900 investors nationwide.

— CHICAGO VIOLENCE: Police say two teenage boys who were missing for days have been found shot to death in a field on Chicago’s South Side and that two people have been taken into custody for questioning.

— BOURBON LAWSUIT: Heaven Hill Distillery of Kentucky is taking Bob Dylan’s Chicago-based whiskey company to court, claiming trademark infringement involving its logo.

— LAKE MICHIGAN BEACH WARNINGS: Officials are warning Lake Michigan beachgoers and boaters about dangerous waves and strong currents and have issued warnings for most of the lake’s shoreline in the coming days.

— RAUNER-UNION PARAMEDICS: Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation that would expand benefits and collective bargaining rights for city paramedics and emergency medical technicians. The Republican took the action Sunday on plans that would define paramedics and EMTs as “firefighters” for purposes of union bargaining and benefits for injuries or death.

— ILLINOIS GOVERNOR-OBAMA VIDEO: Former President Barack Obama has recorded a video supporting Democrat J.B. Pritzker for Illinois governor. The roughly 90-second video released Monday is the first Obama has recorded for the fall election.

— CHICAGO TEEN-SHOOTING DEATH: Authorities say a Chicago teenager killed himself after being chased by police, but his family thinks the officers shot him and they’re calling for an independent investigation.

— UNIVERSITY-FERAL CATS: The future of feral cat colony at the University of Illinois-Springfield is in question after employees and students have been ordered to no longer feed the animals. University administrators in a letter cited health and sanitation concerns in issuing the order.

— RAUNER-GUN PERMITS: Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law that allows Firearm Owners Identification cards to stay active even if Illinois State Police renewal isn’t completed by their expiration date.

— BIKE OBSTRUCTION CASE: A federal judge in Chicago has tossed the conviction of a man for chaining his bike to the railing on a handicap ramp outside a veterans’ hospital.



MINNEAPOLIS — The Chicago White Sox visit Minnesota for a makeup game against the Twins that was snowed out in mid-April. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 6:10 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO — Despite impressive preseason numbers, the Chicago Bears will enter the regular season no more certain about their pass rush than when they opened training camp due to an injury to linebacker Leonard Floyd. Floyd, the Bears’ first-round draft pick in 2016, broken his right hand in Saturday’s 24-23 preseason win at Denver. Coach Matt Nagy on Monday said the injury would not be healed by the season opener Sept. 9 at Green Bay. By Gene Chamberlain. SENT: 810 words.


— FBN--BEARS-HALL: Chicago Bears cornerback Deiondre’ Hall has been suspended for the season opener at Green Bay for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.


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