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

October 1, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO — Hillary Clinton is campaigning for Democratic Illinois governor candidate J.B. Pritzker. Clinton will attend a round table discussion Monday in Chicago with Pritzker and his running mate, state Rep. Juliana Stratton, and a group of high school women. Pritzker’s campaign says they’ll discuss the importance of leadership. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated after event scheduled for 4:30 p.m. CST.


CHICAGO — The murder trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke has been halted for a day because a juror is ill. Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan made the announcement Monday morning shortly after taking the bench. The trial will resume Tuesday. SENT: 130 words. With AP Photo.



SMITHTON, Ill. — A southern Illinois school district that has used a trailer to house classrooms and offices for six years is hoping voters will approve its request to expand the school building. Smithton School District 130 hopes to get rid of the trailer and add new classrooms, a gym, first-floor bathrooms, a band room and a stage. The changes would also give school buses space so they don’t block street traffic while picking up or dropping off students. It wants voters to approve the $5 million expansion plan in the Nov. 6 election. SENT: 260 words.



WASHINGTON — A little-known venture capitalist is on the verge of acquiring one of the biggest for-profit colleges in the country, a transaction that would put him in control of a troubled national chain that’s more than 60 times the size of the tiny California school he currently owns. The business friendly Trump administration has given a tentative green light to the sale of DeVry University to Bradley Palmer, chairman of Connecticut-based Palm Ventures, even as critics warn the deal raises red flags. Chief among them is the challenge of taking over such a large institution. DeVry, which has eight campuses in Illinois and an annual enrollment of about 46,000, also faces thousands of fraud complaints filed by students. By Collin Binkley and Richard Lardner. SENT: 1,685 words, photos. Moved on financial wires.


— DREW PETERSON-SUPREME COURT: The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson’s appeal of his murder conviction in the drowning death of his third wife. With AP Photo.

— CHICAGO VIOLENCE-HOMICIDES: Police say there have been 102 fewer homicides and nearly 500 fewer shooting victims in Chicago this year, compared to the first nine months of 2017.

— CHICAGO VIOLENCE: Police say two men were fatally shot and two others were shot and wounded during a dispute inside a moving car that ended in a rollover crash in downtown Chicago. The shooting and crash happened around midnight Sunday.

— CHICAGO-MAN SLAIN: Police say a 73-year-old man was fatally shot as he was returning to his Chicago apartment after walking his dogs.

— PARKING LOT SHOOTING: Police say the shooting of a man and his son outside a northwestern Indiana Walmart is being investigating as gang-related.

— FALL FIRE SAFETY: The Illinois State Fire Marshal is offering tips for a fire-free fall . Fire Marshal Matt Perez says leaves and sticks should be removed from gutters so they don’t fuel house fires.



CHICAGO — Christian Yelich’s easy smile and champagne-soaked T-shirt said it all. A division title is much more fun than a Triple Crown. Yelich collected three more hits as the Milwaukee Brewers won their first NL Central title since 2011, beating the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Monday in a tiebreaker game. The silky-smooth slugger stalled in his bid for the league’s first Triple Crown in decades, but he starred once again as the Brew Crew captured the biggest prize of the day. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 895 words, photos.




LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The way Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton figured it, no one wants to stop when he’s having fun. Burton looked ahead to this week’s bye for the Bears following a 48-10 victory over Tampa Bay and saw a potential trap for a team with momentum, although coach Matt Nagy anticipates otherwise. “It is the worst possible time to have a bye week,” said Burton, who won a Super Bowl last season with the Eagles. “Two years ago in Philly, we were 3-1 going into the bye, beating teams up, and lost seven out of nine off the bye week. By Gene Chamberlain. SENT: 805 words, photos.


CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox lost 100 games, struck out more times than any other team in major league history and had several key prospects suffer serious injuries. They missed the playoffs for the 10th straight year, too. Still, the White Sox hope the worst of the rebuild is behind them and general manager Rick Hahn expects to see more signs of a turnaround next season with the young players on the roster continuing to mature and promising prospects in the pipeline. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 750 words, photos.


CHICAGO — Midfielder Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Brad Guzan will be back with the U.S. national team for the first time since the loss at Trinidad and Tobago last October that ended the Americans’ streak of seven straight World Cup appearances. Star 20-year-old midfielder Christian Pulisic also is on the 24-man roster announced Monday for games against Colombia on Oct. 11 at Tampa, Florida, and versus Peru five days later at East Hartford, Connecticut. SENT: 655 words, photos.


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