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 firstname.lastname@example.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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.
INDIGENT BURIALS-ILLINOIS COUNTY
Officials in a western Illinois county have ended a local coroner’s practice of holding the remains of poor people until relatives come up with $1,000 following criticism from some residents that it amounted to holding the deceased person’s ashes for ransom. The Associated Press reported last month that Adams County Coroner James Keller was having people who could not afford to bury loved ones sign over their rights to the deceased, leaving them without the death certificate. He would have the body cremated and eventually bury the ashes if relatives couldn’t pay the $1,000. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 445 words.
AROUND THE STATE:
WAUKEGAN, Ill. — County officials in northeastern Illinois are concerned about the potential environmental impacts of the planned Foxconn manufacturing plant in neighboring Wisconsin. The Lake County Board unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday calling for Wisconsin officials to reconsider waiving environmental regulations for the Taiwanese company, which plans to build a $10 billion plant that will manufacture advanced liquid crystal display panels. SENT: 305 words.
EPA AIR POLLUTION
HARTFORD, Conn. — A federal judge in New York has ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has violated the federal Clean Air Act by failing to curb ozone air pollution that blows into Connecticut and New York from the west. New York and Connecticut alleged the air quality there is being choked by smog emanating from Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. U.S. District Judge John Koeltl granted the states’ request for a summary judgment against the EPA and Commissioner Scott Pruitt for violating the so-called “Good Neighbor Provision” of the act. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 315 words.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A billboard supporting University of Illinois’ controversial former mascot has resurfaced after a decade-long hiatus. Attorney John Gadau resurrected the billboard supporting the Chief Illiniwek mascot last month. It says “The Chief, yesterday, today, forever.” Gadau first posted the billboard in 2007, when the university stopped using the mascot under NCAA pressure as many called the portrayal offensive to American Indians. SENT: 250 words.
SANTA ANA, Calif. — A jury has recommended the death penalty for an Illinois killer who was convicted of murdering five more women in Southern California more than two decades ago. Orange County Superior Court jurors made the recommendation Wednesday after the penalty phase hearing for 54-year-old Andrew Urdiales. He was previously sentenced to death for killing three women in Illinois in 2002 and 2004. That sentence was commuted to life without parole after Illinois barred the death penalty. SENT: 250 words.
— DRUG TRAFFICKING-CHARGES: More than 50 people face drug-related charges in a case prosecutors say involves Chicago dealers, a Wisconsin courier and Mexico-based trafficker. The U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago said Wednesday that seven people are charged federally and 48 under Illinois law.
— SEMI-AUTOMATIC FIREARMS-DEERFIELD: A judge is blocking the northern Chicago suburb of Deerfield from enforcing its ban on certain semi-automatic guns. The temporary restraining order issued Tuesday by a Lake County judge came a day before the village ordinance was to take effect.
— ILLINOIS HOUSE-SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will hire a human resources director and officer for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action to combat sexual harassment.
— OPRAH-CRUISE: Oprah Winfrey will serve as godmother of a new Holland America ship called the Nieuw Statendam (pronounced new STAHT-un-dam). In a video recorded with her pal Gayle King, Winfrey recounted “sailing to Alaska last year” on a Holland America ship, adding that she is “setting sail again.” With AP Photo.
— DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-CHICAGO: Chicago may impose a new surcharge on home share rentals through sites such as Airbnb and use the money to provide more beds at domestic violence shelters. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday the 2 percent surcharge could generate about $1.3 million.
— HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT: Officials have begun to act on a $1 billion plan to redevelop an old Chicago hospital that’s been vacant for more than a decade. Developers plan to turn at least part of the old Cook County Hospital on the city’s West Side into a Hyatt hotel.
— CHILD PORNOGRAPHY-SENTENCING: A Chicago man who prosecutors say had girls write on their bodies that he owned them has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for child pornography.
MILWAUKEE — Lorenzo Cain homered and Jhoulys Chacin combined with three relievers on a six-hitter to give the Milwaukee Brewers their second straight shutout of the Chicago Cubs, 1-0 on Wednesday. Chacin (6-1) allowed four hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking four to win his sixth consecutive decision. Jeremy Jeffress pitched the seventh, Josh Hader struck out the side in the eighth and Cory Knebel finished with a perfect ninth for his sixth save.
Mike Montgomery (2-2) allowed only two hits in six innings, both by Cain. He struck out four and walked one in his fourth start since replacing injured Yu Darvish in the rotation. By Jim Hoehn. SENT: 420 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
CHICAGO — Trevor Bauer and the Cleveland Indians take on Dylan Covey and the Chicago White Sox. Bauer is coming off a dominant start at Detroit, striking out 12 in eight innings in a 4-1 win. Covey is going for his third straight win. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT.
BBA--WHITE SOX-JONES: The Chicago White Sox have placed right-hander Nate Jones on the 10-day disabled list with a muscle strain in his forearm.
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