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

August 30, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO — Attorneys prosecuting a white Chicago police officer in the 2014 shooting death of a black teenager asked a judge Thursday to revoke or increase his bail after the officer discussed one of the nation’s most infamous police shootings in a media interview. Jason Van Dyke’s interview with the Chicago Tribune took place with his attorney standing nearby, and it quickly set off a new legal fight just days before jury selection in the case, which led to days of protests after a video of the shooting was made public and Van Dyke arrested. By Don Babwin. SENT: 740 words, photos, videos.


— CHICAGO POLICE-OFF-DUTY SHOOTING: A federal judge has upheld a $44.7 million verdict in favor of a man who was shot in the head by an off-duty Chicago police officer after the friends were out drinking.

— CHICAGO POLICE-OVERSIGHT: The Illinois attorney general’s office might be looking to a federal judge to decide whether Chicago police officers should record each time they point a gun at someone.



NEW YORK — The political network created by the billionaire Koch brothers announced plans to support eight House Republicans, including one in Illinois, pledging financial resources and activists to help re-elect several vulnerable congressmen deemed “principled” conservatives. by Steve Peoples. SENT: 560 words.



JOLIET, Ill. — A suburban Chicago Catholic diocese reached a $1.4 million settlement of a lawsuit filed by three men who allegedly suffered repeated sexual molestation at the hands of their priest. The three unidentified men were allegedly abused by Father Leonard Mateo of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet between 1980 and 1982 when the victims had yet to reach the age of 11. They came forward with their allegations against Mateo in 2014. By Herbert G. McCann. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.


CHICAGO — The U.S. Justice Department is transferring former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s public corruption case in central Illinois to a new prosecutorial team in another judicial district, prosecutors said in a court filing Thursday, two weeks after the trial judge was bumped from all of his criminal cases for commenting in emails about a trial he was overseeing. The prosecutors’ filing doesn’t specify which U.S. attorney’s office would take over the Peoria Republican’s case, but the one in Chicago may be the most likely to get it. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 460 words.


CHICAGO — Ten people were seriously injured Thursday when an explosion caused a section of roof to collapse at a Chicago water reclamation plant, trapping two of the injured people inside, authorities said. Firefighters pulled one person out shortly after the collapse at the one-story brick building on Chicago’s far South Side. It took about two hours to rescue the second person, who was “buried and entombed” by fallen debris, Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said. SENT: 280 words, photos.


CHICAGO — Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother’s drug use while pregnant, according to the first big U.S. study to examine potential long-term problems in these infants. By Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 530 words, photos.


CHICAGO — Illinois will use the $108 million from the government’s Volkswagen emissions scandal settlement to improve air quality, mostly by replacing old diesel engines with more environmentally friendly options. SENT: 280 words.


DAVENPORT, Iowa — Seven higher education institutions in the Quad-City area of Iowa and Illinois are collaborating on a recruitment campaign. The “QC Colleges: Raising the QC by 4,171 degrees” campaign was announced Wednesday in Davenport, the Quad-City Times reported. The initiative will be presented in partnership with “Q2030,” a community-development initiative for the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce. SENT: 230 words.


— WAREHOUSE FIRE-SENTENCE: A federal judge has sentenced a suburban Chicago man to six years behind bars for a 2016 fire that destroyed a furniture warehouse where he worked, causing more than $122 million in damages.

— ARMED ROBBER KILLED-LAWSUIT: The family of a man who was fatally shot during an armed robbery suburban Chicago computer repair shop has sued the store owner, claiming a security guard used excessive force by chasing him outside the business.

— FIERY FATAL CRASH: Authorities say three people from central Illinois have been killed in a fiery central Kansas crash.



CHICAGO — Tight end Nick O’Leary, running back Travaris Cadet and perhaps even quarterback AJ McCarron get one last opportunity to make Buffalo’s roster when the Bills wrap up the preseason at Chicago. Don’t expect any Bears starters to get on the field after new coach Matt Nagy sat them last week. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Northwestern opens this season on an eight-game winning streak. Purdue owns a three-game winning streak. On Thursday, the two resurgent programs will try to take their first step toward dethroning No. 4 Wisconsin as the West Division champion. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time is 7 p.m.


CHICAGO — The Boston Red Sox visit the Chicago White Sox for the opener of a four-game series. Rick Porcello pitches for major league-leading Boston, and Lucas Giolito gets the ball for Chicago. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.


ATLANTA — The Chicago Cubs play the Atlanta Braves. 6:35 p.m.


BBO--TWINS-CUBS: In a swap of backup catchers, the Minnesota Twins have traded Bobby Wilson to the Chicago Cubs for Chris Gimenez and a player to be named or cash.


In an earlier time, a true freshman starting quarterback wasn’t necessarily unthinkable, but it certainly was an outlier. Not so much anymore. Three of the Big Ten’s six new starters were in high school a year ago. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 800 words, photos, by 4 p.m.


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