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

August 7, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO — Chicago police say hundreds of extra officers are being deployed to city neighborhoods where a burst of gun violence over the weekend left at least 11 people dead and around 70 wounded. Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said at a Tuesday news conference that 400 additional officers are already patrolling areas on the West and South Sides where most of the shootings occurred. Another 200 will be added by the coming weekend. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.



ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. — The Cook County Forest Preserve District is uncertain how half of its elk heard at a preserve died last year. General Superintendent Arnold Randall says forest preserve officials investigated Busse Woods and still don’t know what caused the deaths. Employees noted in September 2017 that they hadn’t spotted six elk that roamed there. Records show officials later discovered three dead, possibly from dehydration. Disciplinary records show one worker was suspended for 29 days but challenged the punishment and had it reduced to eight days. Another accused of being negligent was given a written reprimand. Two others weren’t disciplined. SENT: 230 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Eight former Illinois workers are suing Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration, alleging they lost their jobs for political reasons. The workers were laid off from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The governor’s administration last year said the layoffs were partly a case of “cleaning up past hiring mistakes and personnel practices.” Rauner said the employees were illegally hired patronage workers under previous Democratic governors. SENT: 250 words.


INDIANAPOLIS — A years-long dispute over the ownership of Lake Michigan’s shoreline may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Elena Kagan last week approved a request from Bobbie and Don Gunderson’s attorneys to extend the deadline for seeking a U.S. Supreme Court review to Oct. 5. A petition requesting action by the U.S. Supreme Court must typically be done within 90 days of a final decision by a federal appellate court or a state court of last resort. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


GREENFIELD, Mass. — Four inmates sit silently in the library of the Franklin County House of Correction one summer morning. But these men aren’t here to read books. Under the supervision of a nurse and two corrections officers, they’re taking their daily dose of buprenorphine. The drug, often known by the brand name Suboxone, is meant to control their heroin cravings and is commonly smuggled into jails and prisons. Correction facilities in Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey and Washington state recently launched buprenorphine programs, joining New York City’s Rikers Island, Bernalillo County jail in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a handful of others that have provided methadone to certain inmates for years. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 900 words, photos.


NORMAN, Okla. — Robin Ventura had a bat in his hand and a helmet on his head. For reasons probably he doesn’t even know, Ventura threw down the bat and took off the helmet before charging into infamy. It’s been 25 years since Ventura made baseball history. In a scene that won’t be forgotten for decades, Ventura sprinted at 46-year-old Nolan Ryan, who had just plunked Ventura in the shoulder with a pitch. You remember what happened. The Chicago White Sox star ducked his head, right into the arms of the Texas Rangers legend. Ryan put the 26-year-old Ventura in a headlock and started pummeling. By Berry Tramel. SENT:845 words.


— TRAIN-TEEN STRUCK: A Chicago teenager reported missing after being last seen at the Lollapalooza music festival was fatally struck by a Metra commuter train.

— IVANKA TRUMP: Ivanka Trump plans to promote worker training in Illinois this week. She will participate in a round-table discussion Wednesday at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, her second recent visit to the region. White House spokeswoman Jessica Ditto says the stop is the first in a series by Ivanka Trump, an adviser to her father, to highlight a new national council for U.S. workers.

— LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATE-CHILD SUPPORT: The Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor, who’s campaigned against the state’s child-support system, engaged in a shouting match with a judge about money he owes his ex-wife and access to child visitation.

— RURAL ELECTRICITY-SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: Illinois will receive more than $15 million in federal money to construct an electric transmission line in southern Illinois. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the $15.3 grant for Illinois is part of nearly $350 million in 20 rural electric projects in 14 states.

— TRAIN-CHILDREN STRUCK: Police say a freight train struck two young children walking along railroad tracks in northwestern Indiana, killing one of them and severely injuring the other.

— ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM-FREE ADMISSION: The Illinois Bicentennial will be on full display this weekend — for free. The Illinois State Museum will participate in the Illinois Office of Tourism’s Doors Open Illinois program. Admission will be free on Aug. 11-12 for the new exhibition “Bicentennial and Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection.”

— MISSING TEEN-CHAT APP: A northwest Mississippi teenager has resurfaced in Illinois four days after he went missing. Olive Branch police say 14-year-old John Aubrey Peal III turned himself in Sunday at an Illinois fire station.

— NO ADMISSION-NO DEAL: A Chicago man accused of trying to kill his estranged wife has been sentenced to 25 years in an Iowa prison.



KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chicago Cubs are starting Mike Montgomery, who was a 2008 Royals’ first-round pick, for the middle game of their series against Kansas City, which is starting rookie RHP Brad Keller. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:15 p.m. CT


CHICAGO — Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees meet the Chicago White Sox in the second of a three-game series. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT.


NEW YORK — While most WNBA teams are battling for playoff spots in one of the league’s most competitive postseason races, New York, Indiana, Chicago and Las Vegas are jockeying for the draft lottery position. The league changed the lottery system in 2015 to include teams’ record over a two-year span to avoid teams tanking to get the top draft pick. Indiana has the best odds to get No. 1 with a 14-48 mark over the past two seasons. Las Vegas, which is still in the playoff hunt, currently has the second-best chance, two games ahead of Chicago in the two-year standings. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 700 words, photos.


CHICAGO — When Stan Mikita got back together with the Chicago Blackhawks, it was clear how much the reconciliation meant to the Hall of Fame forward. He became a team ambassador, and then got a bronze statue outside the United Center. He was a regular at home games, drawing loud cheers when he was shown on the videoboard, often with former teammate Bobby Hull right beside him. “I was proud to wear the Indianhead uniform for 22 years,” Mikita said when he was honored before a 2008 home game. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 860 words, photos.


— BKN--MAGIC-MEXICO CITY: The Orlando Magic will play a pair of regular-season games in Mexico City in December. The Magic will host the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 13 then play the Utah Jazz on Dec. 15. It is the third straight year that the Arena Ciudad de Mexico has hosted the NBA. SENT: 130 words.


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