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

December 7, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Illinois. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org. Tom Davies is on the desk, followed by Corey Williams.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

BEAN SCULPTOR-NRA LAWSUIT

CHICAGO _ The National Rifle Association says it will remove an image of Chicago’s famous bean-shaped sculpture from a video advertisement, ending a legal dispute that began this year after the artist sued for copyright infringement. British artist Anish Kapoor says he’s “pleased to declare victory over the NRA.” Kapoor filed a lawsuit in June over the NRA’s use of a picture of the Cloud Gate sculpture in a video released in April 2017. He alleged that the NRA didn’t have permission to use the image commercially and sought to have the image removed, along with damages for copyright infringement. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

CHURCH ABUSE-JESUITS

ST. LOUIS _ A Roman Catholic Jesuit province that covers 13 Midwestern and Southern states, Puerto Rico and Belize said Friday that it has found “credible allegations” of sexual abuse involving 42 priests and other ministry leaders dating back to 1955. The Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province, which is based in St. Louis and includes Illinois, also released the men’s names. Most are deceased and others are no longer Jesuits. A spokeswoman said four are still members of the province but are not active in ministry and live in supervised housing. By Jim Salter. SENT: 700 words.

GARY RUINS GARDEN-CLEANUP

GARY, Ind. _ A plan to turn a ruined northwest Indiana church into a tourist attraction can’t move forward until asbestos and other potential health hazards are removed from the property. The Gothic-style City Methodist Church in Gary dating to the 1920s closed in 1975 after years of declining membership. Gary city officials plan to transform the site into a European-style ruins garden and tourist attraction. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ DEADLY FIRE-CHICAGO: A lawyer says the Chicago building where 10 children died from a smoldering fire in August will likely be torn down.

_ TEACHERS STRIKE-GENEVA: Nearly 6,000 children in the northern Illinois community of Geneva are home from school for the fourth straight day as negotiations between the striking teaches and the school board continue.

_ TAMMS PRISON-MOLD: A shuttered southern Illinois prison is infested with mold, dimming area residents’ hopes it may someday reopen.

_ PEORIA-FLEEING VEHICLE FATALITY: Peoria police say one person was killed when a stolen vehicle sped away from an officer and crashed.

_ CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD: A judge will analyze dashcam video of the fatal police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald and review reports to determine if she believes three officers lied to protect the officer who shot him. Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson told attorneys Thursday she expects to deliver a verdict Dec. 19. With AP Photos.

_ COLD CASE-WOMAN: Authorities in Illinois are appealing to people in northwestern Indiana to help them solve a 42-year-old cold case. The body of a woman who was shot in the head was found in a ditch in Grundy County in 1976. The body was buried after investigators failed to confirm an identity.

_ ILLINOIS-TRANSPORTATION SURVEY: Illinois officials want to hear about your experiences rolling down the highways or riding the rails of a commuter train. The Illinois Department of Transportation is conducting an online survey to guide it as it plans the state’s transportation future.

SPORTS:

BKN--THUNDER-BULLS

CHICAGO _ Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder look to build on the biggest comeback in franchise history when they visit the Chicago Bulls. George scored 47 _ one shy of his career high _ and the Thunder rallied from 23 down in a 114-112 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. The Bulls are coming off a loss at Indiana on Tuesday in their first game under Jim Boylen, who replaced the fired Fred Hoiberg. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. CT.

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