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

October 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. Tom Davies is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — A white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald took the stand Tuesday to testify at trial. Police Officer Jason Van Dyke began testifying about his background before a technical problem forced a recess at the trial. McDonald was shot after police were called to a report of someone breaking into vehicles. The 17-year-old had a knife. Testimony shows responding officers called for help and were waiting for someone to arrive with a Taser. By Don Babwin. SENT: 350 words, photo. Will be updated.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — J.B. Pritzker, the billionaire Democratic candidate for governor, engaged in a “scheme to defraud” taxpayers when he removed toilets from a Chicago mansion as part of a property tax reassessment that saved him $330,000, according to media reports citing a local government report. The review by Cook County Inspector General Patrick Blanchard also found that family members and associates made “false representations” to the county assessor about the condition of the Chicago mansion that sits adjacent to another Pritzker owns. SENT: 350 words, photos.


DETROIT — Several people were injured before dawn Tuesday when a pickup truck collided with a group of protesters calling for higher pay and the right to form unions in Michigan, in what police said appeared to be an accident. Police Chief Tim Johnson said he doesn’t believe the crash near a fast-food restaurant in Flint was intentional and that the driver “seemed pretty shaken up” afterward. Walkouts are planned in Milwaukee on Wednesday and Chicago on Thursday. By Corey Williams. SENT: 400 words, photos.


CHICAGO — About a year and half ago, my dad and I began running races together. It started because I had hit a running drought. After years of running every day, my drive had waned. Running was getting boring, repetitive, so I took a break. After a while, though, I missed how good it made me feel, and I signed up for a 10K to force myself back into it. I asked my dad, an avid runner, if he wanted to join me. By Molly Sprayregen. SENT: 700 words, photos.


— AIR FORCE COMMANDER-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: The Air Force is reprimanding a former commander at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois as part of a plea agreement over sexual misconduct accusations against him.

— CHICAGO HOTELS STRIKE: Hundreds of workers remain on strike at 10 downtown Chicago hotels, while workers have reached new contract deals at more than a dozen other hotels.

— COPPER THEFTS: Two men arrested in connection with a rash of copper wire thefts in northwestern Indiana and neighboring communities in Illinois are now facing federal charges.

— CHICAGO CRASH: Authorities say the driver of a speeding car who failed to stop for police caused a multi-vehicle crash on Chicago’s South Side, killing a 3-year-old boy from Indiana and two men. Chicago police say the driver fled the scene on foot Monday night. With AP Photos.

— ELECTION 2018-CONGRESS-OBAMA: Former President Barack Obama has endorsed Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan in her race against Republican Rep. Rodney Davis for a central Illinois congressional seat.

— KROGER-WALGREENS PILOT: The nation’s biggest grocery and drugstore chains are testing a plan to work together, trying to keep pace with Americans who increasingly shop with the click of a button or a swipe on an iPad. Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens will begin selling Kroger products in 13 stores near Cincinnati and allow customers to use its locations to pick up Kroger groceries ordered online.

— CHICAGO LIBRARY-ART SALE: Plans by the city of Chicago to restore a West Side library branch by selling a valuable piece of public art is being questioned by the leader of a business group.

— SEXUAL ASSAULT-SENTENCING: A suburban Chicago man has been given a 16-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting four children that he knew.



CHICAGO — Manager Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs insist they still have plenty left to make another deep run in the postseason. What they don’t have is room for error. The Cubs will host the Colorado Rockies in the wild-card game on Tuesday after both teams lost tiebreaker games for their division championships. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 725 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. CT.



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