AP-IL--Illinois News Digest 6pm, IL
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Herbert McCann is on the desk.
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THE ART OF UNITY
CHICAGO — Chicago’s Sedgwick Street divides haves and have-nots, white and black like few city thoroughfares do. Despite these deep divisions, a small but committed group of residents is working to bring people together at a neighborhood art studio. It hasn’t been easy. There’ve been awkward and sometimes painful moments. But as one participant says, “just showing up” is half the battle. By National Writer Martha Irvine. SENT: 2,200 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 930 words has also been sent.
CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD
CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer told jurors Wednesday at the trial of a white police officer charged with murder in the 2014 death of Laquan McDonald that officers warned years earlier about the possibility of people carrying guns disguised as knives. Another officer testified she thought McDonald might have had a gun the night Officer Jason Van Dyke ending up killing the 17-year-old — a claim other officers never made. And a truck driver described to the jury how McDonald had come at him with a knife earlier that night, saying he threw dirt and a cellphone at the teenager to get him to back off. By Legal Affairs Writer Michael Tarm. SENT: 765 words, photos.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
ILLINOIS GOVERNMENT-SEXUAL HARASSMENT
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois’ political parties can make a leap toward eliminating sexual harassment and bolstering gender equity by electing women to half of all political offices in the state, according to a report released Wednesday by a panel of women in state government. The report from the Illinois Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel challenges political organizations to make government more representative of the population, and recommends measures for political parties to combat harassment and make politics fairer for women. By Political Writer John O’Connor. SENT: 550 words, photos.
CHICAGO — Uber has agreed to pay $148 million and take steps to tighten data security, after the ride-hailing company failed for a year to notify drivers that hackers had stolen their personal information. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the settlement Wednesday between Uber Technologies Inc. and all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Uber learned in November 2016 that hackers had accessed personal data, including driver’s license information, for roughly 600,000 Uber drivers in the U.S. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— MCDONALD’S-PRESERVATIVES: Following years of reformulating at McDonald’s, most of the burgers it serves in the U.S. are now preservative-free. As of Wednesday, the world’s largest burger chain says classics like the Big Mac and Quarter Pounder with Cheese are preservative-free, with reformulated buns and sauces. SENT: 130 words.
— GREAT LAKES-ECONOMY: A newly released analysis says a federal Great Lakes cleanup program is good for the region’s economy. The study says every dollar spent on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative during its first seven years will generate an additional $3.35 of economic activity through the year 2036. SENT: 130 words.
— JAILED LITHUANIAN-PEDOPHILE RING: A U.S. agency will hear testimony on a former Lithuanian lawmaker who is jailed in Chicago and fighting extradition.
— DEAF SCHOOL-VIDEO INVESTIGATION: Illinois State Police are investigating a video posted online claiming to show a sexual encounter between two Illinois School for the Deaf students at the institution.
— CHILD GUNFIRE: A western Illinois sheriff says a 4-year-old child fired a gunshot that wounded a man in the arm. Adams County Sheriff Brian VonderHaar says the man had put his handgun in a vehicle when the child ran up and fired the shot.
— CHICAGO-SEVERE STORMS: Severe thunderstorms that swept the Chicago area toppled trees and power lines, cutting cut power to thousands of residents.
— RAUNER VETO-DEER FEEDING: Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation that would permit experts to study the impact of supplemental feeding of wild deer.
— MARKHAM-MAYOR’S OFFICE: A man previously barred from a mayoral post in suburban Chicago has been sworn in as a result of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s intervention on his behalf.
— MIDWAY AIRPORT-GRANT: Chicago is receiving more than $12.5 million in federal grants for improvements at Midway International Airport.
CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs try again to clinch a playoff spot and maintain their lead in the NL Central when they meet the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jose Quintana starts for the Cubs, whose division lead is down to a half-game over Milwaukee. Ivan Nova pitches for Pittsburgh. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:05 p.m. CT.
CHICAGO — Shane Bieber looks to bounce back from two straight losses as the Cleveland Indians wrap up their series against the Chicago White Sox. It’s Chicago’s final home game. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. ET.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy might reduce his offense for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay. What hasn’t been reduced is his support or long-term expectations for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Nagy has Trubisky’s back, even as pressure mounts for more offensive production to assist linebacker Khalil Mack and a special defense. Trubisky comes into Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay following one of his most inconsistent performances, but maintains full support from Nagy even if it means scaling back the offensive approach to account for inexperience. By Gene Chamberlain. SENT: 840 words, photo.
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