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

September 5, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — For almost three years, Chicago has been grappling with the impact of a few seconds of grainy video that show a white police officer, Jason Van Dyke, emptying his service weapon into Laquan McDonald, causing the black teenager to spin and fall to the ground. Since a judge in November 2015 ordered the release of the dashboard camera footage of the fatal shooting, jobs have been lost, trust shattered, charges filed, investigations launched and scathing reports written. By Don Babwin. SENT: 900 words, photos.



CHICAGO — Several dozen would-be jurors reported to a courthouse and were told by a judge they might be asked to decide whether a Chicago police officer committed murder when he shot and killed black teenager Laquan McDonald. Nearly four years after Officer Jason Van Dyke shot the 17-year-old and nearly three years after the city was forced to release police video of the shooting, the first phase of Van Dyke’s trial started with the distribution of questionnaires to prospective jurors to fill out before attorneys question them in their effort to select a jury. SENT: 325 words, photos.




CHICAGO — The next mayor of Chicago will take over a city that is deeply divided by race and class, a decades-long problem that critics say only grew more pronounced during Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s two terms in office. The question for voters now that Emanuel isn’t seeking re-election: Who, if anyone, can repair it? A dozen candidates were running to lead the nation’s third-largest city even before Emanuel’s surprise announcement Tuesday. By Wednesday the list of people said to be weighing bids seemed to be multiplying by the minute. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 730 words, photo.


CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised bold measures to help fix the nation’s worst-funded pension systems and failing schools, stabilize city finances and combat violence when he was elected to lead the nation’s third-largest city in 2011. But despite some successes — including attracting new companies and raising the city’s minimum wage — many of the long-standing problems that Emanuel inherited will remain when he leaves office early next year. Emanuel announced Tuesday he will not run for a third term. SENT: 850 words, photos.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A central Illinois city has approved settling two lawsuits accusing police of wrongdoing for a combined $3.7 million. The Champaign City Council approved the settlement Tuesday, with the bulk of the money going to Teshome Campbell. Campbell sued the city and six officers, alleging he was wrongfully incarcerated for nearly 18 years in connection with the 1997 murder of James Shephard. His murder conviction was vacated and he was released from prison in 2016. SENT: 270 words.


EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — Insurance giant State Farm on Tuesday reached a $250 million preliminary settlement in a federal class-action lawsuit claiming the company funneled money to the campaign of an Illinois Supreme Court candidate. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis alleged Bloomington-based State Farm secretly funneled money to the campaign of Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier while he was a candidate for the high court in 2004. SENT: 500 words.



NEW YORK — As the number of small business sales keeps rising, staff retention is a priority — especially since low unemployment makes it easy for many workers to find new jobs. Transactions tallied by online marketplace BizBuySell.com show more than 2,700 small businesses changed hands during the second quarter, the most since the count began in 2007. John Ahlberg, whose technology support and management company has made several acquisitions in recent years, has been able to retain about a third of the staffers who joined his firm, Chicago-based Waident Technology Solutions. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 900 words, photos.


— SIU ENROLLMENT DROP: Enrollment is continuing a steep decline at Southern Illinois University’s Carbondale campus, with nearly 12 percent fewer students this fall semester. The drop to 12,817 students follows enrollment declines of 7.5 percent in 2016 and 9 percent in 2017.

— KIDNAPPING-DEATH: A central Illinois man has pleaded guilty to murder charges in the death of a man during a kidnapping that authorities say stemmed from trying to steal money from recent lottery winnings.

— BAD REVIEWS-LAWSUIT: A federal judge in Chicago has ruled that a lawyer can’t sue more than a dozen people who posted rude criticism of him and his law firm on Yelp and similar sites that feature online reviews.

— JUDGE-FRAUD CHARGES: A federal judge has refused to overturn the fraud conviction of an Illinois judge. Earlier this year, a jury convicted Cook County Circuit Judge Jessica O’Brien of fraudulently obtaining mortgages for Chicago investment properties and illegally pocketing more than $300,000.

— ILLINOIS JUDGES-SCHOOL PROGRAM: The Illinois Judges Association is introducing a schools program to help young people learn how to interact with police.

— CHILD SHOT: Police say a 2-year-old girl has died after a shooting in northwestern Indiana. The Gary Police Department says it received a call Tuesday evening about the shooting and officers found that the girl had a single gunshot wound to the head.



MILWAUKEE — The second-place Brewers go for a three-game sweep of the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs. Chicago starter Jose Quintana allowed five runs over five innings in his last start against Milwaukee, a 7-0 Brewers victory at Wrigley Field on Aug. 14. Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin is 2-0 in two scoreless starts and 13 innings pitched against the Cubs this season. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO — Michael Kopech hopes to go more than just a few innings after having two of his first three major league starts shortened by rain when the Chicago White Sox wrap up a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers. Jordan Zimmerman pitches for Detroit. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. ET


—BBA--WHITE SOX-FAN INJURED, from CHICAGO: — A 32-year-old Chicago man whose nose was broken by a foul ball during a White Sox game was back home Wednesday, the team said a day after he was struck at Guaranteed Rate Field. SENT: 200 words.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. — As the Chicago Bears prepare for a prime-time season opener against Aaron Rodgers and the archrival Green Bay Packers, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky sees a team with no limits. He’s not talking about the opponent, either. The Bears come into the matchup at Lambeau Field on Sunday night with a decidedly different outlook after changing coaches, overhauling the receivers group, and pulling off a huge trade last weekend to add two-time All-Pro Khalil Mack to their defense. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 745 words, photo.


FBN--PACKERS-FACING MACK, from GREEN BAY, Wis.: Right tackle Bryan Bulaga is familiar enough with the pass-rushing prowess of Khalil Mack to know what to expect when the Chicago Bears visit Lambeau Field on Sunday night. No film necessary of Mack playing with his new team. It’ll be up to Bulaga, the veteran Green Bay Packers lineman, to keep Mack out of quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ face. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 560 words.


— HKN--OBIT-MCDONALD: Alvin Brian “Ab” McDonald, who played 14 NHL seasons and scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Chicago Blackhawks in 1961, has died. He was 82. SENT: 160 words.


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