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

September 2, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 1:30 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Chicago’s anti-violence protesters are getting silent support from about 100 lawyers with green hats. The city’s “Legal Observers” are trained volunteers whose job is to watch police during a protest, record any civil liberty violations and serve “as a deterrent to unconstitutional behavior.” The lawyers are part of the National Lawyers Guild, an organization of progressive lawyers that was founded as a counterweight to the American Bar Association, the Chicago Tribune reported. SENT: 365 words.



NEW ORLEANS — Once upon a time, in 2015, a writer in San Francisco named Michelle Tea got the idea for “Drag Queen Story Hour”: men in full drag reading children’s books to kids and parents in programs aimed at providing “positive and unabashedly queer role models.” Since then, Drag Queen Story Hours have been held at libraries or book stores in big cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and costume-loving New Orleans — where over-the-top hair, makeup and gowns and stories about gender fluidity aren’t exactly new. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 555 words, photos.


BETTENDORF, Iowa — Iowa Department of Transportation officials are giving tours of the $322 million bridge being built to connect Bettendorf to Moline, Illinois. Danielle Alvarez is project manager of the new Interstate 74 bridge. Alvarez tells the Quad-City Times that she recently led a tour aboard a ferryboat on the Mississippi River for residents interested in the bridge construction. Alvarez covered the planning, design and ongoing buildout of the bridge featuring two four-lane spans. SENT: 310 words.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The new superintendent of Springfield’s state historic sites didn’t take a direct path to historic preservation. Armed with a degree in park resource management from Kansas State University, Troy Gilmore initially came to Springfield 25 years ago to work as the education director at the Henson Robinson Zoo. By Doug Finke, The State Journal-Register. 700 words.


BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — No family with young children can thrive without toilet paper, diapers and bandages. But for some low-income people, household paper products may take a back seat to food, medicine and rent. That’s a gap that members of Wesley United Methodist Church, in cooperation with Midwest Food Bank, are trying to bridge. By Paul Swiech, The Pantagraph. 480 words.


— DEBATE TEAM-PRISON: A debate coach who went into Illinois prisons to organize teams comprised of inmates has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the state Department of Corrections barred the activity in violation of guaranteed free-speech rights.

— MAN ATTACKED-CHICAGO POLICE: A Chicago man is accusing the city’s police of profiling and not doing their jobs after he was accosted by a gunman who accused him of trying to break into his car.

— COURTHOUSE RENOVATION: The federal courthouse in Springfield is getting a $2.6 million face-lift.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears introduce two-time All-Pro Khalil Mack after acquiring him in a blockbuster trade from Oakland and making him the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player. Mack’s arrival is another huge boost for a team that loaded up around quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and put itself in position to contend for a playoff spot. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Developing from 2 p.m. news conference.


PHILADELPHIA — All-Star righty Aaron Nola (15-3) goes for the Phillies against Cubs lefty Jon Lester (14-5) in a matchup of aces. Kris Bryant is expected to play right field for Chicago, which is trying to take the third and deciding game of the series. By Aaron Bracy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


CHICAGO — Mookie Betts and the major league-leading Boston Red Sox wrap up their four-game series against the Chicago White Sox. Brian Johnson pitches for Boston, with James Shields starting for Chicago. The White Sox plan to honor longtime broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO — Midfielder Christian Pulisic will miss the United States’ exhibitions against Brazil and Mexico because of a muscle injury, and Sebastian Lletget will return to the national team for the first time since a severe foot injury in March 2017. Interim coach Dave Sarachan selected 24 players Sunday for the matches, again bypassing veterans such as Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore. SENT: 300 words.


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