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

July 12, 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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black Chicago teenager whose brutal killing in Mississippi shocked the world and helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.



SUMNER, Miss. — The federal government has reopened its investigation of the 1955 slaying of black teen Emmett Till, a case that helped build momentum for the civil rights movement. The move comes a year after a book on the case revealed that a key figure acknowledged lying. The Associated Press is republishing a version of a report that followed the acquittal of the two men in the Till case. The following AP story is from September 1955. By Sam Johnson. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

— EMMETT TILL-THE LATEST: The Latest on the renewed investigation into the killing of Emmett Till.


CHICAGO — A former Lithuanian lawmaker appeared close to fainting in a Chicago federal courtroom Thursday as a judge refused to halt her extradition to her homeland, where she faces charges stemming from her claims about the existence of a ring of influential pedophiles. Lawyers for 47-year-old Neringa Venckiene said they would immediately appeal the decision to the 7th U.S. District Court of Appeals. That likely means Venckiene won’t be forced on a plane back to Lithuania for at least several weeks. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 500 words, photo.


BEIJING — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, on a mission to salvage business deals threatened by a tariff war, said Thursday that Chinese officials expressed confidence they can survive the spiraling dispute with Washington. The mayor met with Vice President Wang Qishan and China’s commerce minister this week in an effort to lock in a $1.3 billion deal for a Chinese company to assemble rail cars in Chicago. By Yanan Wang. SENT: 320 words, photos.



SAN ANTONIO — Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually — a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds. Currently, more than 11,800 children, from a few months old to 17, are housed in nearly 90 facilities in 15 states — Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington. By Martha Mendoza and Larry Fenn. SENT: 1,055 words, photos.


LINCOLN, Ill. — A historic Illinois mansion built in the late 1800s has been sold for $505,000. Court and Karen Conn of Springfield have purchased the Gillet House atop Elkhart Hill, one of the last remaining unsold pieces from the 785-acre (318-hectare) Old Gillett Farm. The mansion anchored a 20,000-acre (8,100-hectare) cattle operation assembled by John Dean Gillett in the late 1800s. He and his wife, Lemira Parke Gillett, constructed the original home in 1870 and rebuilt it in 1873 after a fire. SENT: 310 words, photo.


CHICAGO — The drowning of a 13-year-old girl in Lake Michigan a half-hour after lifeguards at the beach went off duty has triggered a petition that urges Chicago officials to extend lifeguard hours. Darihanne Torres drowned in a rip current around 7:30 p.m. last Friday. That would have been 90 minutes before lifeguards punched out prior to 2009 when, to save about $700,000 a year, the city’s park district cut the hours lifeguards both in the morning and at night. SENT: 270 words, photos.


CHICAGO — Size apparently didn’t deter thieves from stealing a 300-pound (135-kilogram) sculpture from a former Chicago church. Plamen Yordanov told WLS-TV that his sculpture, titled “Light Infinity,” was stolen Wednesday while he and his wife were outside the building doing yard work. It’s made of brass and stained glass and it’s shaped like a large ring. SENT: 180 words.


— VIDEOTAPED BEATING-CHICAGO: A 20-year-old man has become the last of four defendants to plead guilty to taking part in the beating of a mentally disabled teenager that was livestreamed on Facebook.

— EMERGENCY LANDING-INTERSTATE: An Indiana man flying a small plane made an emergency landing on the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 in Illinois.

— KIDNAPPING-GUILTY PLEA: A Michigan man has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman after burglarizing her suburban Chicago home and taking her to Indiana.

— RIVERFRONT REI-CHICAGO: Outdoor retailer REI plans to open a 40,000-square-foot store along the Chicago River that will offer kayak and paddleboard rentals, giving customers direct access to the water.

— BP WHITING-SULFUR REDUCTION: BP says a $300 million project that will reduce sulfur levels in gasoline made at its sprawling northwestern Indiana refinery could create up to 500 construction jobs.



CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks traded Marian Hossa and Vinnie Hinostroza to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, parting with a promising young forward in order to clear out a troublesome contract. The Blackhawks also sent defenseman Jordan Oesterle and a third-round pick in the 2019 draft to the Coyotes for forwards Marcus Kruger, MacKenzie Entwistle and Jordan Maletta, defenseman Andrew Campbell and a fifth-round pick in next year’s draft. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 600 words, photos.


HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — David Toms comes into the Constellation Senior Players Championship looking to build on his win at the U.S. Senior Open. He had gone more than seven years without a victory on either the senior or regular tour before winning at the Broadmoor two weeks ago. Scott McCarron, with seven top-10 finishes this year and a win at the American Family Insurance Championship at University Ridge last month, comes in looking to defend a bittersweet comeback victory in last year’s Senior Players. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


SILVIS, Ill. — Bryson DeChambeau looks to defend his title as the John Deere Classic gets underway in the Quad Cities. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.


— BKN--BULLS-KILPATRICK: The Chicago Bulls have waived guard Sean Kilpatrick.


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