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

July 24, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



WASHINGTON — The U.S. readied a plan Tuesday to send billions in emergency aid to farmers who have been hurt by President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China and other American trading partners. The Agriculture Department was expected to announce the proposal that would include direct assistance and other temporary relief for farmers, according to two people briefed on the plan, who were not authorized to speak on the record. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 1,150 words, photo. Moving in national services.


— AG COMPANIES-TARIFFS-AID: Wall Street is flooding into the agricultural sector on reports that the Trump administration is preparing a plan that would send billions in aid to U.S. farmers hurt by tariffs. SENT: 130 words, photo.



CHICAGO — The Illinois worker behind the lawsuit that led to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that eliminated fees paid by nonmembers of public employee unions is joining the group that oversaw his case. Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services employee Mark Janus is joining the Illinois Policy Institute and its Liberty Justice Center on Aug. 1 as a “senior fellow.” Janus argued against a 41-year-old ruling that had allowed states to require public employees to pay some fees to unions that represent them, even if the workers chose not to join. SENT: 245 words.


EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — A transgender woman, who’s incarcerated at a men’s correctional facility in northern Illinois, is again suing the state Department of Corrections to be housed in a women’s prison after alleging she’s suffered abuse in several male facilities. Deon “Strawberry” Hampton has sued the agency multiple times and has been transferred to four different facilities in the last year. Hampton currently resides at the Dixon Correctional Facility, after spending time at the Lawrence Correctional Center where other transgender inmates live. SENT: 230 words, photo.


— CROWD CRASH-MURDER CHARGES: A southwestern Illinois man faces murder charges after authorities say he drove into a group of people in a parking lot, killing one woman and injuring another.

— FATAL AMBULANCE CRASH: An autopsy report shows that an ambulance driver had cocaine in his bloodstream when he crashed into a suburban Chicago building, killing himself, a co-worker and a patient.

— LAKE MICHIGAN MANSION: A 91-year-old mansion along Lake Michigan will be torn down and the site turned into parkland under a plan approved by suburban Chicago officials.

— PERRY COUNTY-BODY FOUND: A man charged in the 2010 kidnapping and death of a 15-year-old girl in southern Illinois has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

— POTHOLE DEATH-SETTLEMENT: The Chicago City Council is expected to approve a $4 million settlement to the family of a man who was killed when he hit a pothole and was thrown from his motorcycle.

— DONATION RETURNED: Leaders in a suburban Chicago community have returned a $60,000 anonymous donation after it raised ethical questions. A couple donated it to Cary early this year to help fund the replacement of village entryway signs.

— CONSOLIDATION LEGISLATION-RAUNER: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation allowing some county clerk offices to absorb the functions of election commissions that currently operate separately.

— MISSING SWIMMER-LAKE MICHIGAN: Authorities say one swimmer was rescued and another is missing amid choppy Lake Michigan waters off of a northwestern Indiana beach.

— DAVENPORT FIRE-BODY: A jury has convicted a man of killing an Illinois man whose body was found burning near a Davenport street.



BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Chicago Bears anticipated wide receiver Allen Robinson would need time to assume a role as quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s No. 1 target. Considering where the Bears passing game was last season, they expected this wait to be worthwhile. Robinson continues to work at a slower, steadier pace through his first live practices since suffering a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, and hopes to reach a point where he and Trubisky click in the passing offense. By Gene Chamberlain. SENT: 825 words, photos.


CHICAGO — Javier Baez and the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs continue their series against Paul Goldschmidt and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kyle Hendricks starts for Chicago, with Clay Buchholz expected to be activated from the disabled list and pitch for Arizona. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:05 p.m. CT.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Felix Pena faces Carlos Rodon when the Los Angeles Angels continue their four-game series with the Chicago White Sox. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 9 p.m. CT


CHICAGO — Wisconsin’s success is about at ho-hum as their leader’s personality. All the Badgers do is win under no-nonsense, coach-next-door Paul Chryst. The rest of the Big Ten West will be looking to take down Wisconsin — again. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


CHICAGO — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has a saying he uses with his program: Event + Response = Outcome. The outcome this time was the dismissal of a longtime assistant. Meyer is facing questions about his relationship with former receivers coach Zach Smith, who was fired Monday after an Ohio court granted a domestic violence protection order to his ex-wife last week. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 660 words, photos.


DETROIT — Ohio and Northern Illinois are the media’s divisional favorites in the Mid-American Conference preseason poll. The MAC held its football media day Tuesday at Ford Field in Detroit, which is also the site of the Nov. 30 conference championship game. Northern Illinois made the MAC title game for six straight seasons from 2010-15, winning it three times in that span. Meanwhile, Ohio hasn’t won a MAC title since 1968. By Matt Schoch. SENT: 675 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Allie Quigley will try to repeat as 3-point champion when she competes Saturday in the WNBA All-Star contest in Minneapolis. The Chicago Sky guard is one of four All-Stars in the competition, joining Seattle’s Jewell Loyd, Las Vegas’ Kayla McBride and Washington’s Kristi Toliver. The field also includes Indiana rookie Kelsey Mitchell and Atlanta’s Renee Montgomery. The event will take place at halftime of the game at Target Center. By Doug Feinburg. SENT: 245 words.


— BKC--MAUI INVITATIONAL-BRACKET: Five-time Maui Invitational champion Duke will open against San Diego State in the quarterfinals of this year’s bracket, with a potential showdown against Arizona or Gonzaga in the title game. This year’s tournament, Nov. 19-21 at the Lahaina Civic Center, also includes Xavier, Auburn, Iowa State and Illinois.


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