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

August 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 desk.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

CHICAGO VIOLENCE-RAUNER

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner blamed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday for the city’s gun violence, saying the mayor has “failed horribly” on public safety after gunfire last weekend injured more than 70 people and killed at least 11. The Republican governor said Chicago police lack sufficient officers and cutting-edge equipment. A spokesman for Emanuel, a Democrat, dismissed the claims and pointed at Rauner’s rejection of legislation to license firearms dealers. By John O’Connor. SENT: 490 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

2018 MIDTERMS-CORRUPTION

WASHINGTON — Democrats are linking a Republican congressman’s insider trading indictment to a culture of corruption they say President Donald Trump has fostered, amplifying a theme they hope will help them seize congressional control in November’s elections. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., said Trump, Rep. Chris Collins and other Republicans have made the U.S. a country “of the rich, by the powerful and for the lobbyists.” By Alan Fram. SENT: 620 words, photos.

GREAT LAKES-EXOTIC PLANKTON

BRIDGEPORT, N.Y. — Two new exotic zooplankton species have crept into the Great Lakes, according to researchers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Cornell University researchers confirmed the species are in Lake Erie. The findings are part of the EPA’s biology monitoring program in the Great Lakes. The species are Diaphanosoma fluviatile, which is from Central and South America and the Caribbean, and Mesocyclops pehpeiensis, which is native to tropical and temperate areas of Asia. SENT: 300 words.

BUSINESS:

SINCLAIR-TRIBUNE-TERMINATED

NEW YORK — The $3.9 billion buyout of Tribune Media by Sinclair collapsed Thursday, ending a bid to create a massive media juggernaut that could have rivaled the reach of Fox News. Tribune Media Co. said Thursday that it is suing Sinclair for breach of contract and at least $1 billion in damages, according to its complaint. Sinclair used “unnecessarily aggressive and protracted negotiations” with the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission over regulatory requirements, the Chicago company said, and it refused to sell the stations it needed to in order to gain regulatory approval. SENT: 500 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— CHICAGO-BAIT TRUCKS: Community activists and local aldermen are criticizing a joint investigation by Chicago police and the Norfolk Southern Railroad that involved using a truck loaded with goods to lure potential thieves.

— REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE REBUKE: Illinois Republican leaders are disavowing a second of the party’s congressional candidates over contentious views they’ve promoted. The state GOP chairman and other party officials say they’re withdrawing support for candidate Bill Fawell after reviewing conspiracy theories about the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 2012 Sandy Hook mass school shooting that he posted to social media.

— BLACK HAWK STATUE: Organizers say repair work could begin next spring on the century-old Black Hawk statue in northern Illinois as they are less than $90,000 short of their fundraising goal.

— BUFFETT FOUNDATION-ILLINOIS: The foundation of billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s son plans to invest $30 million in a central Illinois campus of facilities to help people with drug addiction and bring together social services.

— MEGACHURCH FOUNDER-ILLINOIS: The leadership of a massive Chicago-area evangelical church is stepping down and has apologized to women who accused the megachurch’s founder of sexual harassment. With AP Photos.

— ILLINOIS STATE FAIR-CARNIVAL INSPECTIONS: Illinois officials will make routine inspections of all amusement rides at the Illinois State Fair. The Illinois Department of Labor says inspectors will be reviewing 65 rides at the state fair’s Carnival Midway, Adventure Village, and Happy Hollow pavilions. The state fair opens Thursday and closes Aug. 19.

— DETAINEE TOILETS-LAWSUIT: A new federal lawsuit accuses the Cook County Sheriff’s Office of violating the rights of detainees by monitoring them through video cameras while they use toilets in courthouse holding cells.

SPORTS:

FBN--BEARS-BENGALS

CINCINNATI — Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky expects to see his first action of the preseason when the Bears (0-1) play the Bengals (0-0), who showcase their revamped offensive line. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 6 p.m. CT

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