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

May 16, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO — At his desk at North Lawndale College Prep High School, Gerald Smith keeps a small calendar that holds unimaginable grief. In its pages, the dean and student advocate writes the name of each student who’s lost a family member, many of them to gun violence. And then he deploys the Peace Warriors — students who have dedicated themselves to easing the violence that pervades their world. Since September, Smith has added more than 160 names to that little book, roughly half the student body at this campus on Chicago’s West Side. And that doesn’t even include those whose friends have been killed. By Martha Irvine. SENT: 1,400 words, photos, video.


DIXON, Ill. — A 19-year-old who showed up at his former high school in northern Illinois and opened fire on a police officer working there was shot by the officer and taken into custody Wednesday morning. The officer, who was not injured, was hailed a hero for his quick response protecting students and staff who had gathered at Dixon High School for a graduation rehearsal. The teen gunman, whose name has not been released, suffered non-life threatening injuries. SENT: 350 words, photos.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois auditor general has found that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration violated procurement laws in awarded two warehouse leases. By John O’Connor. UPCOMING: 450 words.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois House committee has set up a historic floor vote on the Equal Rights Amendment. But the Democrat sponsoring the measure said Wednesday he doesn’t have enough votes to pass it. The House Human Services committee approved the amendment on party lines 7-5 on Wednesday. It needs 71 House votes to make Illinois the 37th state to ratify the amendment first proposed in 1972. By Sarah Zimmerman. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois House panel is considering Wednesday whether university research assistants have the right to unionize, an issue that has touched a nerve with some Republicans who think graduate students shouldn’t be collectively bargaining in the first place. SENT: 110 Words. UPCOMING: 400 words. Developing from 3 p.m. hearing.


— ILLINOIS REPUBLICANS: Illinois Republican Party officials say they’ve reached an agreement to share leadership of the party, heading off a weekend fight between moderates and conservatives over who should be the next state GOP chairman. Conservatives were backing Lake County GOP Chairman Mark Shaw against Tim Schneider, the current state chairman hand-picked by Gov. Bruce Rauner. SENT: 150 words.



ELGIN, Ill. — A commission in northeastern Illinois won’t return an artist’s mural depicting part of a lynching scene until officials create guidelines for what can be done with a returned piece. The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission rejected artist David Powers’ request Monday for the return of his piece, “American Nocturne.” The city put the mural into storage after learning in 2016 that the painting was based on a crowd photographed during a 1930 lynching in Marion, Indiana. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos requested.


— TRUMP-JUDGE SCOLDING: A U.S. district judge who scolded Donald Trump as he testified in a 2013 civil trial on the sale of condos at Chicago Trump Tower has been confirmed for a seat on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. District Court of Appeals. That scolding didn’t stop now-President Trump from nominating Amy St. Eve in February.

— ILLINOIS TOURISM: Illinois saw a record-number of visitors last year. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office says that nearly 114 million people visited the state, breaking the previous record set in 2016 by more than a million visitors.

— PULLMAN-NATIONAL MONUMENT: Some residents of Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood are expressing concerns over plans to construct loft apartments and working space for artists. Those opposed to the proposed Pullman Artspace Lofts say the building’s design clashes with the look, feel and history of a neighborhood known for uniform brick row homes.

— CHICAGO SCHOOLS-SCIENCE LABS: Chicago officials say $75 million will be spent over three years to renovate science laboratories in 82 public high schools.

— DUBUQUE NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING: A man accused of shooting into a Dubuque nightclub has pleaded guilty to a federal charge. Ricardo Sanchez, of Chicago, entered the plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.

— INDIANA JAIL-CONTRACT: A county in northwestern Indiana has ratified a jail contract that seeks to curb turnover and overtime among corrections officers. The labor contract between Lake County government and the union for corrections officers boosts the jail staff’s pay by nearly 7 percent per corrections officer.



ATLANTA — Chicago’s Tyler Chatwood is scheduled to face Atlanta’s Brandon McCarthy on Wednesday night when the Cubs and NL East-leading Braves continue their series at SunTrust Park. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 6:35 p.m. CT


PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago White Sox finish up a two-game interleague series on Wednesday. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 11:35 a.m. CT


LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Bears added linebackers in free agency and the draft to a defense that ranked 10th in the league last year, but the problem they face is whether they did enough. The start of organized team activities this week gave more of an indication of where they stand. UPCOMING: 600 words.


— SOC--TOURNAMENT OF NATIONS: The U.S. women’s national team has announced that this summer’s Tournament of Nations will be played at stadiums in Kansas, Connecticut and Illinois. SENT: 200 words.


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