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

November 9, 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 deskn.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORY:

MEXICO-POLICE-CORRUPTION

CHICAGO — Prosecutors have called a witness with alleged drug cartel ties to testify at the sentencing in Chicago of a former Mexican intelligence-unit commander who worked closely with U.S. agents while divulging secrets to the cartel. Prosecutors at Thursday’s federal court sentencing hearing for Ivan Reyes Arzate told the judge that they expect Sergio Villarreal Barragan to describe Arzate’s connections with the Beltran Leyva cartel. By Legal Affairs Writer Michael Tarm. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ELECTION-2018-PRITZKER-BUDGET

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — J.B. Pritzker has named labor leaders, a former Republican lawmaker and allies of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to a team looking into Illinois’ troubled finances. The Democratic governor-elect will be sworn in Jan. 14, and within weeks of taking office will have to deliver a budget proposal to the General Assembly. Illinois’ bill payment backlog stands at $7.5 billion, and there is an estimated $1 billion shortfall in the current state budget. Pension payments also restrict spending on other programs. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

MCHENRY COUNTY-VOTE UNDERCOUNT

WOODSTOCK, Ill. — Vote counters in a northern Illinois county failed to include early voting numbers in Election Day results, officials said Thursday. The updated results means 14th Congressional District candidate Lauren Underwood, a Democrat, carried McHenry County over incumbent Rep. Randy Hultgren. On election night, it appeared McHenry was the only county in the district that went to the Republican Hultgren. Underwood won McHenry County by 169 votes in the updated, yet still unofficial results. SENT: 320 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

MISSOURI BOAT ACCIDENT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The captain of a tourist boat that sank in a southwest Missouri lake and killed 17 people, including nine members of one Indiana family, didn’t tell passengers to put on flotation devices or prepare them to abandon ship, even after waves crashed into the boat during a severe storm, according to an indictment released Thursday. The federal indictment shows 51-year-old Kenneth Scott McKee is facing 17 counts of misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty by a ship’s officer resulting in death. The other people killed included an Illinois woman who died while saving her granddaughter’s life. By Margaret Stafford. SENT: 900 words, photos.

IRAN-FARRAKHAN

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Minister Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Chicago-based Nation of Islam, warned President Donald Trump not to pull “the trigger of war in the Middle East. at the insistence of Israel,” speaking Thursday while on a visit to Iran. The 85-year-old Farrakhan, long known for provocative comments widely considered anti-Semitic, criticized the economic sanctions leveled by Trump against Iran after America’s pullout from the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. SENT: 350 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— CROP UPDATE: The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers are expected to harvest the largest soybean crop on record but must deal with a constricted market in which to sell the crop because of President Donald Trump’s tariff battle with China.

— BANK FRAUD-INVESTIGATION: A Chicago bank that federal regulators shut down last year had been involved in an $82.6 million fraud scheme.

— CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-LAWYER: The Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago says it will no longer refer officers in need of legal assistance to the attorney who represents convicted former officer Jason Van Dyke.

— O’HARE AIRPORT-NEW FACILITY: The city of Chicago has officially opened a new $841 million parking and rental-car center at O’Hare International Airport.

— HURRICANE RELIEF-AMERICAN AIRLINES: American Airlines volunteers are gathering to pack 5,000 boxes of food for Florida communities affected by recent hurricanes.

— POLICE VAULT-STOLEN DRUGS: Official misconduct charges have been filed against a former civilian employee of a suburban Chicago police department for allegedly stealing drugs from an evidence vault.

— UIC PROFESSOR-AWARD: A University of Illinois at Chicago historian is receiving a prestigious national award.

SPORTS:

HKN--HURRICANES-BLACKHAWKS

CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks play their first game since Jeremy Colliton replaced the fired Joel Quenneville when they meet the Carolina Hurricanes. Quenneville, who coached Chicago to three Stanley Cups and nine playoff appearances, was fired on Tuesday. UPCOMING; 650 words, photos. Game time 7:30 p.m. CT.

FBC--BIG TEN-SURPRISES

CHICAGO — Northwestern came into the season with its star quarterback limited, lost its top running back early on, dropped three straight games and went winless in nonconference play. Sounds like a recipe for one long season, except take a look at the Big Ten West standings. That’s right, The Wildcats (5-4, 5-1 Big Ten) can clinch the division title and their first appearance in the Big Ten championship simply by winning two of their final three games. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 795 words, photos.

BKC--NEW ORLEANS-NORTHWESTERN

EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern hosts New Orleans in its first game at a renovated Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Wildcats are back on campus after playing games last season at Allstate Arena in Rosemont while their facility underwent a major overhaul. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. CT.

BKC--CHICAGO ST-NOTRE DAME

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame plays its second consecutive Chicago school to open the season, this time Chicago State. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game time 6 p.m. CT

FBN--BEARS-MACK & ROBINSON

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Two-time All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack and top receiver Allen Robinson look as if they’re just about ready to return after missing the Chicago Bears’ past two games because of injuries. Both players practiced without limitations Thursday for the second consecutive day. The NFC North-leading Bears hope to have them back in the lineup against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on Sunday. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 440 words, photo.

FBN--LIONS-BEARS PREVIEW

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears have a rare opportunity to beat the Detroit Lions and pick up a victory over an NFC North opponent when the two teams meet at Soldier Field on Sunday. The division-leading Bears have lost nine of the past 10 games against Detroit and have dropped 10 in a row to division opponents. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 785 words, photos. Moving in advance for weekend use.

Also:

BBO--ARBITRATION, from CARLSBAD, Calif.: Cincinnati outfielder Scott Schebler and Texas pitcher Matt Bush just missed the cutoff for salary arbitration eligibility, while Chicago Cubs pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. and Toronto pitcher Joe Biagini earned the final spots. SENT: 395 words.

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