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

September 28, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

CHICAGO — Answering what white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was thinking when he shot black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times will be key for jurors when they deliberate on whether he is guilty of murder. And there’s only one person who knows for sure what the officer was thinking: The officer himself. That could mean Van Dyke takes the witness stand at his trial — though he hasn’t yet said if he intends to testify. By Michael Tarm. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

CHICAGO SCHOOLS-SEX ABUSE

CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools will not receive a $4 million federal grant this year because the district has failed to demonstrate that it is sufficiently addressing complaints of sexual violence, the U.S. Department of Education said. The department informed CPS Thursday that it had suspended this year’s installment of the Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant. The third-largest district in the U.S. was awarded a $14.9 million grant last year to be distributed over five years. SENT: 300 words.

BUSINESS:

SEC-WALGREENS

Walgreens and two former top executives are settling charges that they misled investors a few years ago about the profit potential behind the drugstore chain’s combination with European counterpart Alliance Boots. In an agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. agreed to pay a $34.5 million penalty. Former CEO Gregory Wasson and Wade Miquelon, former chief financial officer, will each pay $160,000. Neither the company nor its two former executives acknowledge wrongdoing. SENT: 300 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION-OFFICER: A suburban Chicago police officer says department discriminated against her while she was pregnant, forcing her from the job for a second time after she sued a year ago over similar actions.

— COUNTERFEIT CASH-GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: Two people have admitted to federal charges that they used counterfeit money to buy Girl Scout cookies in southwestern Illinois.

— HIGH SCHOOL-FIREWORK BLAST: Authorities say two students at an eastern Illinois high school face criminal charges after a firework was set off inside the school, prompting a lockdown of all classrooms.

— CHICAGO AIDS GARDEN-SCULPTURE: Officials say a sculpture by the late artist Keith Haring will be placed at the AIDS Garden Chicago.

— TODDLER-ATTEMPTED DROWNING: Police say a Chicago mother tried to drown her 3-year-old son after posting on social media that the child was dead. Celeste T. Christian is being held without bail on attempted murder charges and her son is hospitalized.

— DUPAGE COUNTY-CANCER RISK: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will conduct additional monitoring for air pollution near a suburban Chicago plant that handles medical instruments.

SPORTS:

BBN--CARDINALS-CUBS

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs head into the final weekend looking to hang onto the NL Central lead, while the St. Louis Cardinals look to stay in playoff contention. Kyle Hendricks — 4-1 with a 1.37 ERA — in his past six outings — starts for the Cubs, who lead Milwaukee by a game in the division. Adam Wainwright pitches for the Cardinals, who are one game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second wild card. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 1:20 p.m. CT.

— With BBN--CUBS-BRYANT: Slugger Kris Bryant was back in the Chicago Cubs’ lineup after missing two games because of a bruised left wrist. With AP Photo.

BBA--WHITE SOX-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS — The Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins start the final series of the season with a day-night doubleheader, with Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito set to pitch the two games for the White Sox and Jose Berrios and Chase DeJong tapped to start for the Twins. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Games start at 1:10 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. CT.

FBN--BUCCANEERS-BEARS

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears are staring down at the rest of the NFC North for the first time in five years. The view from the top is quite a change for a franchise stuck at the bottom the past few seasons. The Bears meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in a matchup between unlikely division leaders, with Chicago in sole possession of first place for the first time since Marc Trestman was the coach and Jay Cutler the quarterback. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 750 words, photos.

FBC--T25-MICHIGAN-NORTHWESTERN

EVANSTON, Ill. — On the surface, this seems like a good time for No. 14 Michigan to visit Northwestern. The Wolverines come rolling into the game on Saturday with three straight blowout wins since they dropped the opener and the Wildcats are reeling. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 700 words, photos.

Also:

— BKN--BULLS-VALENTINE: The Chicago Bulls say guard Denzel Valentine has a moderately sprained left ankle and will be re-evaluated in one to two weeks.

— U OF I-FOOTBALL CENTER: The University of Illinois has announced a $3.1 million gift to its Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. Officials say the donation comes from alumnus and agricultural businessman Greg Heckman. SENT: 130 words.

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