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AP-IL--Illinois Weekend Digest,ADVISORY, IL

September 7, 2018

AP-Illinois stories for the weekend of Sept. 8-9. Members using Exchange stories should retain the bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the AP-Illinois desk in Chicago at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org.

CHURCH ABUSE-THE CHANGEMAKERS

MINNEAPOLIS — Catholic around the U.S. and globe are raising their voices in prayer and protest to demand change amid new revelations of sex abuse by priests and allegations of widespread cover-ups. They are doing letter-writing campaigns and holding prayer vigils and listening sessions in an effort to bring about change from the pews, realizing it’s up to them to confront the problem and save the church they love after years of empty promises from leadership. By Amy Forliti. UPCOMING: 900 words, with photos.

CHICAGO TAXI TURMOIL

CHICAGO — Chicago’s declining taxi industry is hoping for some legislative help as it struggles to survive in the age of ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. Almost half the city’s nearly 7,000 licensed cabs are in foreclosure or idled, leading to a call for regulatory intervention to keep taxi fleets working, the Chicago Tribune reported. UPCOMING: 350 words.

GUN STORE BURGLARIES

ST. LOUIS — The number of burglaries at gun shops is increasing in Missouri and Illinois, as part of a trend across the country. UPCOMING; 400 words.

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BAT RESEARCHERS

CHARLESTON, Ill. — A finely meshed net was up, strung across a path that broke through the trees. The hope was to get a chance for an up-close look at a night flyer, a small creature that likely populated the heavily wooded area. But how abundantly and in what variety were questions that needed to be answered. Biologist Tara Hohoff said the likelihood of success with the net was uncertain, so the research she and others were conducting on the bat population also relied on other methods. By Dave Fopay. Journal Gazette & Times-Courier. UPCOMING: 870 words.

DECATUR MARATHONER

DECATUR — Mary Cole had never called herself a runner, but now at 45 years old, she wears the label like a badge of honor. “I didn’t like the name before, because I never thought I could do it,” she said. “It is now a compliment.” A Decatur dentist, Cole is also part of an elite group of people who have run a marathon in all 50 states. According to the 50 States Marathon Club, nearly 4,500 runners have crossed this finish line. “It took two years and nine months,” she said of completing a marathon in each state. By Donnette Beckett. (Decatur) Herald & Review. UPCOMING: 1300 words.

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SHERIFF’S HEROES

FOX LAKE, Ill. — Two employees of the Lake County sheriff’s office marine unit said a little luck, giving clear commands, and being in the right place at the right time helped them save the life of a person pushed into the Chain O’ Lakes before the start of the Fox Lake fireworks earlier this year. By Lee Filas. (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald. UPCOMING: 530 words.

TEACHING ROOTS

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- “Sunshine” is synonymous with African drumming and dancing in East St. Louis. The nickname belongs to Sylvester Lee, who studied under legendary dancer and anthropologist Katherine Dunham before starting his own ensemble 40 years ago. He has taught thousands of children about their African roots and helped instill ethnic pride in a community that has faced its share of challenges. By Terry Maddox (Belleville) News-Democrat. UPCOMING: 1120 words.

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