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

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



Nearly a year after Russian government hackers meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, researchers at cybersecurity firm Trend Micro zeroed in on a new sign of trouble: a group of suspect websites. The sites mimicked a portal used by U.S. senators and their staffs, with easy-to-miss discrepancies. Emails to Senate users urged them to reset their passwords — an apparent attempt to steal them. In addition to Illinois, at least 20 other state systems were probed by the same Russian military unit that targeted VR’s customers, federal officials said. By Frank Bajak and Adam Geller. SENT: 2,365 words, photos, with a 1,000-word abridged version.



BARTONVILLE, Ill. — Volunteer firefighters in central Illinois are not leaning on the Peoria department enough, according to the city’s mayor. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said he blames that reluctance on four fire deaths in Bartonville and West Peoria over the past 11 years, the Journal Star reported. SENT: 275 words.


CHICAGO — A funeral is held for six of the 10 children who died in a Chicago apartment fire. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.


GARY, Ind. — Indiana State Police say four Illinois residents, including a child, have died in a wrong-way driver crash on Interstate 90. Police say the crash early Saturday in Gary killed the driver of a Toyota SUV that was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of the highway with no headlights on. She was identified as 25-year-old Tiara Davis of Calumet City, Illinois. SENT: 120 words, photo. Developing.


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — When Wendy Waddick first noticed a monarch caterpillar gut-crawling on a milkweed plant at her Campton Hills home, it sparked her curiosity about the colorful insects. “I was just fascinated with the whole (evolution) process,” said Waddick, 54, a retired probation officer who has joined conservation efforts to keep the species’ population from declining. By Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald. SENT: 760 words.


CHATHAM, Ill. — Clara was by herself when her water broke. She was 39 weeks pregnant on a solo camping trip as the contractions started. Hikers passing by her cabin heard her screams and called 911. Shortly afterward, a team of four emergency medical residents were dispatched to help Clara deliver her baby. Unfortunately, there were complications. The baby’s shoulders were stuck during delivery, and when he was finally out, he wasn’t breathing. By Carla Jimenez, The State Journal-Register. SENT: 780 words.


— CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD: A judge has declined to immediately decide whether a Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald should have his bail revoked or increased because he talked to the media. AP Photos.

— CHICAGO DROWNING: Authorities say a man has died after falling or jumping into a Chicago harbor.

— U OF ILLINOIS-OBAMA: Former President Barack Obama will speak at the University of Illinois, where he’ll also receive an award for ethics in government.

— CHICAGO POLICE-EXTRA OFFICERS: The Chicago Police Department is putting an extra 1,400 officers on the streets to try to reduce the number of shootings over the Labor Day weekend.

— SNAKE MIGRATION-ROAD CLOSURE: Snakes and amphibians will have the right away for a while on Shawnee National Forest’s Snake Road.



PHILADELPHIA — Kyle Hendricks (10-10) starts for the Cubs and RHP Zach Eflin (9-5) goes for Philadelphia. By Aaron Bracy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


CHICAGO — Eduardo Rodriguez and the Boston Red Sox take on Carlos Rodon and the Chicago White Sox in the third game of a four-game series. Rodriguez is making his first start since July 14 after being sidelined by a sprained right ankle. Rodon is 5-0 with a 1.84 ERA over his past nine starts. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears trim their roster to 53 players. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois opens its third season under coach Lovie Smith against struggling Kent State and hopes to end a 10-game losing streak. Both teams went 2-10 last season. Kent State’s Sean Lewis, 32, the youngest head coach in Division I football, begins his first season. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 12 p.m.


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas debuts under first-year coach Chad Morris when it hosts FCS opponent Eastern Illinois on Saturday afternoon. By Kurt Voigt. UPCOMING: 500 words.


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