AP-IL--Illinois News Digest 6pm, IL
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 email@example.com. Herbert McCann is on the desk.
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CHICAGO — A prominent Chicago alderman surprised courtroom observers at a Monday change-of-plea hearing by turning down a plea agreement in his federal corruption case that his lawyer contends could have meant little to no prison time. Willie B. Cochran’s lawyer informed the judge of his client’s decision at the hearing in U.S. District Court in Chicago, where the 65-year-old Democrat had been expected to enter a guilty plea. By Legal Affairs Writer Michael Tarm. SENT: 520 words, photos. Will be updated.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
ILLINOIS LEGISLATOR-LEGIONNAIRE’S THREAT
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois House took the rare step Wednesday of erasing from its record a Democratic legislator’s remark suggesting she’d like to infect the water supply of a GOP colleague’s loved ones with “a broth of Legionella.” Rep. Stephanie Kifowit apologized for the indelicate comment she made about Lombard Republican Peter Breen Tuesday during floor during debate on legislation involving the deadly Legionnaire’s disease crisis at a Quincy veterans’ home. Legionella is the water-borne bacteria which, when inhaled, can cause the sometimes-fatal, flu-like malady of Legionnaire’s. By John O’Connor. SENT: 480 words, photos.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Override votes on key measures remain in the final two days of the Illinois General Assembly’s fall session. The House has yet to take action on an override approved by the Senate on legislation setting a deadline for police to help cooperative immigrant crime victims get U.S. visas. Another Senate-approved override would reverse a veto on banning tobacco sales to those under 21. By John O’Connor. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated on merits.
AROUND THE STATE:
CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD
CHICAGO — A Chicago police sergeant says when he watches dashcam video of a white officer fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald, he doesn’t see anything that would have justified pulling the trigger. Sgt. Larry Snelling testified Wednesday during the trial of an officer and two former officers accused of lying in police reports about what happened shortly before Officer Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan 16 times in 2014. SENT: 130 words. More on merits.
ASIAN CARP-GREAT LAKES
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Fortifying an Illinois waterway to prevent invasive carp from using it as a path to Lake Michigan could cost nearly three times as much as federal planners previously thought, according to an updated report. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week released a final strategy plan for upgrading the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, which experts consider a good location to block upstream movement of Asian carp that have infested the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. By John Flesher. SENT: 620 words, photo.
LANSING, Mich. — Legislation moving in Michigan’s Senate would authorize the Mackinac Bridge Authority to help implement a deal to replace twin oil pipelines in a crucial Great Lakes channel. The Republican-led Senate Government Operations Committee passed the bill 3-2 on party lines Wednesday, but the full Senate delayed voting so changes can be made. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated.
ROUTE 66-HISTORIC TRAIL
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new proposal moving through Congress seeks to designate Route 66, the highway that connected Chicago to Los Angeles and was once an economic driver for small towns across a post-World War II United States, as a National Historic Trail. U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Jim Inhofe announced this week the introduction of a bipartisan bill that would amend the National Trails System Act and include Route 66 in an effort to help revitalize cities and small towns that sit along the historic corridor. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— ILLINOIS-TOXIC WASTE: Several environmental groups say coal ash dump sites at power plants across Illinois have contaminated the water sources of nearby communities.
— OVERDOSE DEATHS-SENTENCE: An eastern Iowa man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for the drug overdose deaths of two people in Illinois.
— FOOTBALL HAZING-LAWSUIT: A federal lawsuit filed against officials of a suburban Chicago school district alleges their failure to end a culture of hazing in a high school football team led to a sexual assault.
— LOYOLA-SISTER JEAN: Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt now has a little bling to go along with the international attention she gained as the near-centenarian team chaplain during Loyola-Chicago’s run to the NCAA Final Four. With AP Photo.
— POST OFFICE-EXPLOSION-INDIANA: Federal prosecutors say a man charged in a pipe bomb explosion at a northwestern Indiana post office has agreed to plead guilty and serve a 29-year sentence.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — This time Chase Daniel has a little preparation. Daniel, Chicago’s backup quarterback, last week helped defeat the Detroit Lions 23-16 as a replacement for injured Mitchell Trubisky without benefit of a real practice. With the Bears preparing Wednesday to face the New York Giants on Sunday, Daniel took the snaps with the first team while Trubisky practiced only on a limited basis because of the shoulder injury he suffered Nov. 18 against the Minnesota Vikings. By Gene Chamberlain. SENT: 740 words, photo.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Want to get the New York Giants’ attention this week? Just mention Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack. It’s instant respect for one of the leading contenders for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Mack has been a force in his first year with the Bears. Despite missing two games, he leads the NFL with five forced fumbles and leads the team with eight sacks. That’s gone a long way in helping NFL North-leading Chicago become the fourth-ranked defense. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 700 words, photo.
MILWAUKEE — Losers of three straight, the Chicago Bulls will try to snap their skid when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks for the second time in two weeks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. CT.
— BKN--BULLS-VALENTINE: The Chicago Bulls say guard Denzel Valentine had season-ending surgery to stabilize his left ankle.
EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern goes for its third straight win when it hosts Georgia Tech. The Wildcats beat Utah by 22 on Sunday, while Georgia Tech avoided an upset with a nine-point win against Prairie View A&M on Friday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 8 p.m. CT.
FBC--T25-BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dwayne Haskins Jr. has been throwing touchdown passes and wowing NFL scouts all season, but the Ohio State quarterback didn’t become a fully legitimate leader in his coach’s eyes until he showed he could run the ball when the going got tough. Now having won Urban Meyer’s full respect, Haskins leads the No. 6 Buckeyes against No. 21 Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship on Saturday. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
— FBC--BIG TEN AWARDS: Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who set Big Ten records for passing yards and touchdowns in a single season, is the conference’s offensive player of the year.
— BBN--CUBS-RYAN: The Chicago Cubs and left-hander Kyle Ryan have agreed to one-year contract.
— BBO--CUBS-YANKEES-TORREYES: Infielder Ronald Torreyes was traded from the New York Yankees to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named or $2.
— BKC--LOYOLA-SISTER JEAN: Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt now has a little bling to go along with the international attention she gained as the near-centenarian team chaplain during Loyola-Chicago’s run to the NCAA Final Four.
— SOC--FIRE-SCHWEINSTEIGER: The Chicago Fire have re-signed Bastian Schweinsteiger as a designated player for 2019, keeping the German star for at least one more season.
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