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

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



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: 600 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: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 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: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 300 words.


— 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. — Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy says it will take a while for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to establish a connection with a go-to receiver, and the obvious choice is Allen Robinson. But that will take even longer as Chicago brings Robinson along slowly after an ACL tear. UPCOMING: 600 words.


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 talks at Big Ten football media day, one day after he fired longtime assistant Zach Smith after he was charged last week with misdemeanor criminal trespass after a dispute with his ex-wife. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


DETROIT — The Mid-American Conference holds its annual preseason football media day at Ford Field on Tuesday. UPCOMING: 600 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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