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

October 4, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

CHICAGO — Attorneys in the trial of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald sparred over what video of the deadly encounter actually proves Thursday just before jurors withdrew to begin deliberating. During closing arguments , prosecutor Jody Gleason pointed to dashcam video of Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times as the teenager held a knife at his side. She noted that Van Dyke told detectives that McDonald raised the knife, that Van Dyke backpedaled, and that McDonald tried to get up off the ground after being shot. By Don Babwin and Michael Tarm. SENT: 855 words, photos.

With:

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-TIME LINE.

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-CHARGES.

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-KEY PLAYERS.

AROUND THE STATE:

MACARTHUR FELLOWS

CHICAGO — A violinist who organizes concerts for the homeless, a professor whose research is being used to increase access to civil justice by poor communities and an activist pastor are among this year’s MacArthur fellows and recipients of so-called genius grants. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Thursday named 25 people, including academics, activists, artists, scholars and scientists, who will receive $625,000 over five years to use as they please. The Chicago-based foundation has awarded the fellowships each year since 1981 to people who have shown outstanding talent to help further their creative, professional or intellectual pursuits. By Herbert G. McCann. SENT: 950 words, photos. With MacArthur Fellows-Glance

METOO-DEFENSE FUND

NEW YORK — A dollar store cashier from Brooklyn. Five fire department paramedics in Chicago. An aspiring singer shunned by Nashville’s country music establishment. Thanks to a $22 million legal fund, they’ve now teamed up with top-notch lawyers to pursue #MeToo-style sex harassment cases that they otherwise couldn’t have afforded. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— U OF ILLINOIS TOBACCO BAN: The University of Illinois is banning all smokeless tobacco products from its main campus in Urbana-Champaign. University officials say the campus no-smoking policy will be extended to products such as chewing tobacco and dissolvable tobacco strips starting next August.

— HOUSE FIRE-BOY’S DEATH: The mother of a 4-year-old boy who died in a house fire has sued a central Illinois village, arguing its fire department’s response was inadequate.

— STATE POLICE MEMORIAL: A new memorial will honor the lives of Illinois State Police troopers who died in the line of duty. The Illinois State Police Memorial Park includes a wall etched with the names of 67 troopers. It’s located near the state Capitol in Springfield.

— GUN VIOLENCE-LAWSUIT: Three Chicago women have filed a lawsuit calling for tighter regulation of gun sales in Illinois, including the video-recording of transactions and background checks on all gun store and gun show employees.

SPORTS:

HKN--BLACKHAWKS-SENATORS

OTTAWA — The Chicago Blackhawks play their season opener on the road Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:30 p.m. CT.

FBC--BIG TEN-RUN DEFENSE

In an era of high-scoring, pass-happy offenses, some of the Big Ten’s top teams keep it old school: Their defenses are big, stout and focus first on stopping the run. The conference has three of the top seven run defenses and four of the top 18 in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Dig deeper and six of the league’s 14 teams are in the top 50. It’s by design. “We’re building a wall, we’re not getting knocked off the ball, we’re tackling well, we’re leveraging the ball well, those type of things,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. “We’re making it difficult.” Michael Marot. SENT: 625 words, photos.

Also:

— FBC--T25-NORTHWESTERN-MICHIGAN ST PREVIEW CAPSULE

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