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

August 26, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

DEADLY FIRE-CHICAGO

CHICAGO — Eight people, including six children, were killed when a fire broke out before dawn Sunday at a Chicago apartment in one of the deadliest fires in the nation’s third-largest city in years, officials say. Two other people were hospitalized in very critical condition, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt said. Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago told reporters that one of the children who died was an infant. Santiago said a woman who saw the blaze as she was returning home from work alerted people and gave them a chance to escape. SENT: 300 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE

U OF ILLINOIS-SERVICE DOG

URBANA, Ill. — A University of Illinois student is pushing for service animals to be allowed into science labs. Student Joey Ramp and psychology professor Justin Rhodes have twice asked the university’s Illinois Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee to approve service animals inside labs that experiment with animals. They were denied both times, the News-Gazette reported.

MICHIGAN METEOR

DETROIT — Michigan seismologists are studying a meteor that exploded in the atmosphere over the state in January with the help of scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. The University of Michigan seismologists and the California scientists will publish their combined data on Michigan’s celestial event in a research paper. The Jan. 17 meteor showered small fragments down toward Earth near Livingston County’s Hamburg Township west of Detroit. People in Illinois and Indiana also reported seeing the meteor. SENT: 400 words.

EXCHANGE-GARDEN OF HOPE

PEORIA, Ill. — The small vegetable garden beside St. Ann Catholic Church got a lot bigger this year, and in the future it might encompass a good chunk of a city block. It’s being called “Garden of Hope,” a name that references the endeavor’s goal. The project will not only bring fresh produce to residents of the impoverished neighborhood, it will also provide a safe, healthful gathering place. On Thursday afternoon, organizers introduced the community to the garden with a kickoff bash which featured a DJ, food and giveaways, including school supplies donated by OSF HealthCare employees. By Leslie Renken. (Peoria) Journal Star. SENT: 735 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-NATIONAL CHAMPION

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — East St. Louis track and field athlete Willie Johnson remembers well the feeling of disappointment of not being able to compete at the IHSA boys state track and field meet earlier this spring. A fight during the Southwestern Conference Meet, instigated by spectators, led to the suspension of the remainder of the Flyers’ season, including sectional and state meets. Some championship dreams were suspended as well. By Dean Criddle. Belleville News-Democrat. SENT: 800 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— CAT VACCINATIONS-ILLINOIS: Illinois county officials have about four months to figure out details of the rabies vaccination effort for cats. Legislation signed into law this month by Gov. Bruce Rauner amended Illinois’ Animal Control Act. Beginning in January, cat owners must vaccinate their cats for rabies and keep them updated from the age of 4 months.

— CLASSIC TRUCK-BATAVIA: The Batavia Fire Department has a 1955 Chevrolet 3800 panel truck up for sale. The department’s first rescue vehicle has just 23,000 miles.

SPORTS:

BBN--REDS-CUBS

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs go for a four-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. The Cubs start Kyle Hendricks (9-10) against Homer Bailey (1-11) in the series finale. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 1:20 p.m. CT.

BBA--WHITE SOX-TIGERS

DETROIT — The Tigers retire Alan Trammell’s No. 3 prior to their game against Chicago. Rookie Michael Kopech takes the mound for the White Sox against Jordan Zimmermann. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 12:10 p.m. CT.

CAR--INDYCAR-CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE

MADISON, Ill. — Scott Dixon hasn’t done anything wrong the past three races, finishing in the top five of each of them. But it hasn’t kept his lead in the IndyCar championship chase from shrinking from seen 62 to 26 points over Alexander Rossi, and from allowing Will Power to sneak into contention. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

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