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AP-IL--Illinois News Digest 6pm, IL

October 8, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORY:

TRUMP

ORLANDO, Fla. — President Donald Trump drew an enthusiastic response from a law-and-order crowd Monday, advocating the use of “stop and frisk” policing and saying he has directed the Justice Department to work with local officials in Chicago to stem violence in the nation’s third-largest city. “The crime spree is a terrible blight on that city,” he said at a convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Trump said he had ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “immediately” go to Chicago “to help straighten out the terrible shooting wave.” By Deb Reichmann and Michael Tarm. SENT: 840 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

FOX RIVER-WATER TRAIL

AURORA, Ill. — Local leaders and nonprofit groups are looking into turning the Fox River in Illinois and Wisconsin into a federally designated water trail. Kane County in Illinois is working with the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership and other organizations in pursuing the National Park Service designation. The groups obtained a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to draft maps about the water trail development. SENT: 375 words.

LINCOLN-STOVEPIPE HAT-MUSEUM DIRECTOR

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Friction over attempts to verify an iconic stovepipe hat’s connection to Abraham Lincoln has prompted the director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to sever financial ties to the organization’s fundraising arm at a critical juncture for the nonprofit foundation, which is struggling to pay back millions of dollars borrowed to buy the hat and other artifacts related to the 16th president. Alan Lowe told The Associated Press that he dissolved his $25,000-a-year consulting deal with the Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, offered two years ago as an inducement to lure him to Springfield. By John O’Connor. SENT: 750 words, photos. Moved Sunday and available for use.

IN BRIEF:

— POSTAL WORKERS RALLY: Postal workers and their supporters spent part of the Columbus Day holiday protesting what they see as a White House push to make the U.S. Postal Service private.

— LAKE MICHIGAN-CAIMAN: A wildlife worker says a four-foot long caiman found in Lake Michigan near Chicago would’ve been lucky to live a couple more weeks.

— SIU PRESIDENT DISPUTE: Documents show that the former Southern Illinois University president might have hindered student recruitment efforts for its Carbondale campus by not approving a mailing list purchase.

— WWII MARINE IDENTIFIED: Relatives of a Chicago-area Marine killed during World War II are welcoming his body back after 75 years being buried in Hawaii as an unknown serviceman.

— MILITARY FAMILY MOVES: An Illinois-based moving company says it found some furniture belonging to a Navy family featured in an Associated Press article about problems military personnel have during transfers.

— INTERSTATE SHOOTOUT-MEMORIAL: An Illinois overpass will be renamed in honor of three men, including two law enforcement officers, who were killed decades ago in a shootout with a Michigan man. State trooper Michael McCarter, Paxton patrolman William Caisse and Donald Vice, who was riding with McCarter, his brother-in-law, died in the April 1979 shooting south of Paxton.

— CHICAGO VIOLENCE: A 2-year-old boy has been fatally shot after someone fired into a crowd outside a party in Chicago. Police say he was on the sidewalk outside a home on Chicago’s northwest side Saturday night when shots were fired.

SPORTS:

FBN--BEARS-HOWARD

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Coach Matt Nagy insisted Jordan Howard remains a big part of Chicago’s offense and the star running back was adamant he wasn’t frustrated despite a limited role in the most recent victory. “This is not going to be an offense where it’s just one person and it goes through one person,” Nagy said Monday. “I don’t necessarily believe in that. It’s great when you have everybody fulfilling different roles and it’s hard for the defense when you do that.” By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 730 words, photos. Stands for BC-FBN--Bears-Nagy.

With:

FBN--DOLPHINS MELTDOWN, from DAVIE, Fla.: With three offensive linemen hurt, Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill was feeling the heat Monday. Tannehill took a pounding in the Dolphins’ latest defeat Sunday at Cincinnati, and then caught plenty of blame for his team’s second ugly loss in a row. No letup in pass pressure is likely this week, when the Dolphins face the Chicago Bears.

FBN--BEARS MOVES: The Chicago Bears have placed backup linebacker Sam Acho on injured reserve because of a torn pectoral muscle and signed offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann. SENT: 110 words.

FBC--PURDUE-LOOKING BETTER

The Purdue Boilermakers finally look like the team Jeff Brohm envisioned. They’re improving on defense, making big plays on offense and are chalking up wins. After a slow, mistake-prone start to his second season in West Lafayette, Brohm suddenly has the Boilermakers back on track and ready to jump into the Big Ten’s West Division race. Now Brohm is hoping last week’s bye won’t slow his improving team down when it heads to Illinois on Saturday. By Michael Marot. SENT: 625 words, photos.

FBC--NEGRASKA-GETTING CLOSER

LINCOLN, Neb. — There’s no tangible evidence to back them up, but first-year coach Scott Frost and his players sense a breakthrough is coming for a winless Nebraska team approaching the midway point of the season. The Cornhuskers get their next chance for a win Saturday at Northwestern. The Huskers are 3-0 in games in Evanston, Illinois, since joining the Big Ten in 2011. By Eric Olson. SENT: 595 words, photos.

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