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

September 20, 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 Ken Kusmer.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — An expert on police use of deadly force testified Thursday that a black teenager who was killed by a white Chicago police officer in 2014 did not “pose a risk of serious injury or death” to anyone when the officer opened fire. The testimony from Urey Patrick, a former Naval officer and FBI agent who now is a law-enforcement consultant, was the most direct support yet of prosecutors’ argument that the shooting was unnecessary. Attorneys for Officer Jason Van Dyke have argued that he was afraid for his life and acted according to his training when he shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times. By Don Babwin. SENT: 350 words, photos. Will be updated.



CHICAGO — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker are meeting for their first debate of the Illinois governor’s race. Rauner is trying to win a second term against Pritzker, a billionaire heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune who’s never held public office. Polls have shown Pritzker with a healthy lead. By Sara Burnett. Also participating in Thursday’s debate will be Conservative Party candidate and state Sen. Sam McCann and Libertarian Grayson “Kash” Jackson. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated following hour-long debate scheduled for 6 p.m.

— MADIGAN-SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says combatting sexual harassment in the Capitol has become a “personal mission” but he wishes he’d acted sooner to “correct past mistakes.” SENT: 130 words.



MATTOON, Ill. — Illinois high school students are still healing a year after a shooting in the school’s cafeteria that left one student wounded. Part of the recovery effort in Mattoon includes a community service work day Thursday. Mattoon High School students will plant flowers, wash cars, organize gifts for Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center patients, clean up the Coles County Fairgrounds and present lessons on kindness and giving back to students at Riddle and Williams Elementary schools. SENT: 300 words.


— EPISCOPAL PRIEST DEPORTATION: A retired Episcopal priest in southwestern Illinois is facing deportation to his native England for what he says was mistakenly voting 12 years ago. Sixty-nine-year-old Rev. David Boase of Godfrey says his illegal voting was discovered after he applied for U.S. citizenship.

— STUDENTS-LIGHTNING STRIKE: Officials say three middle school students were injured by a lightning strike as they huddled under a tree while waiting on their school bus in Chicago’s northern suburbs.

— URBANA HOTEL CLOSURE: A hotel near the University of Illinois’ main campus has been ordered closed because of a faulty fire-alarm system.

— SENTENCE-ABSENTIA: A 42-year-old suburban Chicago man has been sentenced in absentia to 27 years in prison for sexually assaulting an underage girl.

— SIU MEDICINE-LAWSUIT: A federal judge has refused to grant class-action status to a lawsuit alleging wage discrimination against female doctors at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

— ILLINOIS-OPIOID ABUSE GRANT: Illinois has been awarded a $43.5 million federal grant to fight opioid abuse. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the Illinois portion is part of more than $1 billion the agency distributed to all states as part of its five-point opioid strategy.

— CHICAGO VIOLENCE: Chicago police say a baby and a 13-year-old girl are among four people wounded in a shooting following an apparent argument between people in two vehicles



CLEVELAND — The Chicago White Sox play a road game Thursday night against the Cleveland Indians. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — No. 10 Penn State brings its explosive offense to Memorial Stadium on Friday night to open its nine-game Big Ten slate against Illinois. The Nittany Lions are a 27-point favorite against a young Illinois team that nearly upset a tough South Florida team last week. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos.



Less than a month into the college football season, the results haven’t been particularly good for the Big Ten. Traditional powers Wisconsin, Michigan and Michigan State have lost nonconference games. There are five unbeaten teams left in the league and No. 4 Ohio State plays at No. 10 Penn State on Sept. 29. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 700 words, photos.




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