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

October 9, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



NEW YORK — Sears Holdings Corp. is adding a restructuring expert to its board, suggesting the ailing retailer may be preparing to take significant actions to survive or to protect its remaining assets. The Hoffman Estates, Illinois, company, which also owns Kmart, said Tuesday it was bringing on board Alan Carr, managing member and CEO of Drivetrain LLC, a restructuring advisory firm. In a release, Sears said Carr has significant experience as a principal, investor and adviser leading complex financial restructurings, as well as serving as a director of reorganized businesses in the U.S. and Europe. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 300 words, photo.



WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. President Donald Trump is expected to announce he is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of high-ethanol blends during a trip to Iowa on Tuesday. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates possible from Trump remarks in Iowa at 6:30 p.m. CT


— LAKE MICHIGAN-ALLIGATOR: Authorities don’t know who dumped a four-foot-long reptile in Lake Michigan, but they now know what kind it is. After initially believing the animal spotted Monday swimming near Waukegan, Illinois, by a startled kayaker was a caiman, officials now say it is actually an alligator.

— TRUMP-KANYE WEST: Rapper Kanye West has been invited to the White House. The White House press secretary West is scheduled to have lunch with President Donald Trump on Thursday, when they’ll talk about manufacturing, prison reform, preventing gang violence and reducing violence in Chicago, where West grew up. With AP Photos.

— CONSTRUCTION SITE DEATH: Authorities say a steel beam fell at a construction site in suburban Chicago, fatally injuring one worker and badly hurting another. A crane was lifting beams from a semitrailer Tuesday morning at a nine-story apartment building under construction in Evanston when the beam fell onto the workers.

— SPRINGFIELD RACE RIOT: Archaeological work could begin this fall on the remains of seven homes destroyed during the 1908 race riots in Springfield, Illinois — deadly unrest that precipitated the creation of the NAACP.

— ILLINOIS SCHOOL SHOOTING-AWARD: The police officer credited with stopping a northern Illinois school shooter has been praised by President Donald Trump after being named Officer of the Year by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. With AP Photo.

— UIC-SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Highly successful students will be able to attend the University of Illinois-Chicago for free under a new program seeking to keep the state’s top students at home.

— TOWNSHIP-STOLEN FUNDS: A former employee of a suburban Chicago township has been accused of embezzling government funds to pay personal expenses including credit card and utility bills.

— AMTRAK-SOUTHWEST CHIEF ROUTE: Amtrak says the Southwest Chief train route connecting Chicago to Los Angeles with stops in Colorado will stay in operation as is for at least another year.

— SCHOOL BUS CRASH: Police say three schoolchildren have been hospitalized after the bus they were riding on was rear-ended by a car in northwestern Indiana.


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