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

October 7, 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. Sara Burnett 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



SPRINGFIELD — Friction over attempts to verify an iconic stovepipe hat’s connection to Abraham Lincoln has prompted the director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to sever financial ties to the organization’s fundraising arm at a critical juncture for the nonprofit foundation, which is struggling to pay back millions of dollars borrowed to buy the hat and other artifacts related to the 16th president. Alan Lowe told The Associated Press that he dissolved his $25,000-a-year consulting deal with the Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation , offered two years ago as an inducement to lure him to Springfield. He wants to forestall questions about his commitment as head of the 12-year-old library and museum, which he says is now “at odds on some issues” with the foundation. By John O’Connor. SENT: 750 words, photos.


Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court has put a spotlight on the dozens of federal cases pitting the Trump administration against Democratic-leaning states, on issues including auto emission standards, immigration and a free-flowing internet. He lashed out against “left-wing opposition groups” and others during the recent Senate hearing over a high school-era sexual assault allegation, raising questions about whether he can be impartial deciding cases that revolve around Democratic policies or that directly involve Democratic officials. SENT: 900 words, photos.



YORKVILLE — An Illinois man released on parole after spending decades in prison for fatally shooting five people in remains in prison as he awaits a viable housing option. Carl Reimann, 77, was granted parole in April, but he’s been back at the Dixon Correctional Center since May after being removed from two housing arrangements, The Beacon-News reported. Reimann will remain in custody if a home isn’t found until his projected discharge date in Sept. 2039. SENT: 400 words.


QUINCY, Ill. — A St. Dominic teacher doesn’t have to look far to remember former students. They’re all part of her Wall of Fame. Part of a wall in Donna Richmiller’s classroom is covered with photos and newspaper clippings featuring her students. One donated a kidney to a classmate. Another was wounded while serving his country. Some are fighting cancer. Many are raising a family, and sending their children to St. Dominic. One died in a car wreck, but “I haven’t lost very many of them,” she said. By Deborah Gertz Husar. The Herald-Whig. SENT: 550 words, photos.


FREEBURG, Ill. — There is nothing Kirt and Julie Stone of Freeburg enjoy doing more than watching their sons, Logan and Lucas, play football. The Stone family’s love of the sport began several years ago when the boys joined the Freeburg Little Midgets. It’s only grown as first Logan and then Lucas, donned the blue and white of the Freeburg High School team. Twice in the past three years, Julie has faced a battle with cancer, including her 2017 diagnosis of triple-negative breast cancer in her lymph node and her hip. By Dean Criddle. News-Democrat. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


CHICAGO — The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is home to thousands of creatures, from shrimp to beluga whales, each dependent on a habitat that precisely mimics their natural environment. It takes a constant power source to keep the lighting and temperatures just so for the more than 100 environments, and for that, the aquarium counts on a microgrid. The aquarium’s power system, which can operate as an energy island in the event of a grid power outage, is an example of a fledgling movement in the Midwest to invest in microgrids as a form of insurance for reliability and resiliency. By Kevin Stark, Energy News Network. SENT: 800 words.


CHICAGO — On a cool Monday evening in August, a few minutes after the 10 p.m. closing of Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown, a group of men is settling in for the night. Some are from Guatemala, others are Mexican and one is a U.S. citizen. They crack jokes, drink beer and relax — some sprawled on bare mattresses, others lounging on dilapidated furniture amid an assortment of shopping carts. In 2015, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sued three employment agencies in Chicago’s Chinatown, and two Illinois restaurants that had used their services, for allegedly exploiting Latino immigrant workers in several states, including Wisconsin. Many of the workers, the agencies acknowledge in court records, are undocumented. By Wisconsin Center of Investigative Journalism and Chicago Sun-Times. SENT: 1700 words.


— FOOTBALL COACHES-GUN CHARGE: Two Illinois youth football coaches are facing felony charges after police say a fight broke out between coaches and parents following a game and one coach displayed a gun.

— SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AIRPORT-HANGARS: Two new aircraft hangers are being planned for Southern Illinois Airport, which officials say will boost businesses at the airport near Carbondale.

— MISSING CHINESE SCHOLAR-GARDEN: The University of Illinois is dedicating a garden to a 26-year-old Chinese scholar who authorities say was kidnapped near campus and killed last year.



CHICAGO — Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks host the Toronto Maple Leafs in their home opener. The Blackhawks will pay tribute to the late Stan Mikita prior to the game and wear patches in honor of the Hall of Famer throughout the season. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. Eastern

ATH-CHICAGO MARATHON: Britain’s Mo Farah won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, claiming his first marathon victory in three attempts. Farah finished in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 11 seconds. It was the first marathon on U.S. soil for Farah, who’s won four Olympic gold medals and six world championships on the track. SENT: 150 words.


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