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

August 23, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 jury will now decide the fate of the man charged with fatally shooting a 15-year-old Chicago honor student just days after she performed with her high school band at President Barack Obama’s 2013 inaugural festivities. Prosecutors and attorneys representing Micheail Ward completed their closing arguments Thursday afternoon in a Chicago courtroom. Prosecutors told jurors that they had overwhelming evidence against Ward in the shooting of Hadiya Pendleton, including a videotaped confession that Ward gave detectives. By Don Babwin. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 300 words, more on merits.



CHICAGO — Democrats aren’t ready to embrace the I-word. As the party faithful gathered in Chicago on Wednesday for the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting, Chairman Tom Perez ticked off the growing list of legal troubles for Trump and other Republicans. An “out-of-control” situation, he said, demands that voters “put up guardrails” by returning Democrats to power. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 800 words, photos.



CHICAGO — Prosecutors want a federal judge in Chicago to impose a stiff 10-year prison term on an ex-commander of a Mexican intelligence unit who worked closely with U.S. agents while divulging secrets to the Beltran Leyva drug cartel. Their filing says leaks by Ivan Reyes Arzate once led the Drug Enforcement Administration to suspend nearly all of its operations in Mexico to flush out the cartel mole. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


CHICAGO — A Chicago rapper’s foundation will be giving away thousands of shoes in a South Side neighborhood where a recent law enforcement sting using “bait trucks” to catch shoe thieves faced criticism. Rapper Vic Mensa’s SaveMoneySaveLife foundation will give away shoes Sunday in the Englewood neighborhood. The event comes after residents filmed police arresting a man and accused officers of trying to entrap poor residents with bait trucks. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


PEORIA, Ill. — A central Illinois museum wants to make sure that a historic mural stays in Peoria as the auction of the Marriott Pere Marquette and neighboring Courtyard by Marriott approaches next month. The Peoria Riverfront Museum filed a claim in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in July indicating ownership of the mural in the hotel lobby depicting the landing of the Marquette and Louis Joliet expedition in 1673 in what would later be Peoria. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


— SEARS-STORE CLOSINGS: Sears Holdings Corp. is closing another 13 Kmart stores and 33 Sears stores as sales shrink and losses grow. The ailing company said Thursday that liquidation sales at the 46 unprofitable stores marked for closure will start Aug. 30, and the stores will close in November.

— FOXCONN-ILLINOIS: More local officials in northeastern Illinois are raising concerns about the enforcement of environmental regulations for the planned Foxconn manufacturing plant in neighboring Wisconsin.

— FORD HEIGHTS-EX-MAYOR CHARGED: A former mayor of the Chicago suburb of Ford Heights has been arrested on felony theft and misconduct charges. The Cook County sheriff’s office says Charles Griffin is accused of siphoning more than $147,000 of public funds into two secret bank accounts when he mayor from 2009 to 2017.

— GUN CHARGES-GUILTY PLEA: A 31-year-old Chicago man has pleaded guilty to federal gun charges for illegally selling more than a dozen firearms.

— PARAMEDIC-DRUG THEFT: A former Illinois paramedic has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison for stealing morphine and fentanyl from ambulances. A jury in East St. Louis convicted 44-year-old Jason Laut of O’Fallon on nearly 40 felony counts, including wire fraud and falsifying medical records.

— DUQUOIN STATE FAIR-MOO MOO CLASSIC: The Moo Moo Classic is back to serve as the unofficial opening of the DuQuoin State Fair.

— EDGAR-CHICAGO CASINO: Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar, once an opponent of land-based casinos, now says he favors casino expansion, including one in Chicago.

— ELDERLY-BANKER FRAUD: A former suburban Chicago banker has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $328,000 from three elderly customers.

— MICHIGAN PIPELINE-LAWSUIT: Two advocacy groups say the U.S. Coast Guard doesn’t have an adequate strategy for dealing with oil spills in the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan.



CHICAGO — Cole Hamels (3-0) takes the mound for the Cubs as they start a four-game home series against Cincinnati on Thursday night. Anthony DeSclafani (6-3) is expected to start for the Reds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:05 p.m. CT.


DETROIT — The Tigers and White Sox open a four-game series in Detroit on Thursday. Matthew Boyd (7-11) takes the mound for the Tigers against James Shields (5-14), who could be pitching the final game of his White Sox career as his name has been mentioned prominently in regard to the Aug. 31 waivers trade deadline. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 12:10 p.m. CT


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