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

September 25, 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, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO — Lawyers for a white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black teenager presented an animated video to jurors on Tuesday that was intended to show the officer’s perspective during the shooting and support his claim that he feared for his safety. The video, created for the defense team, was aimed at countering graphic police dashcam video that appears to show Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times as the teen holds a knife and walks away from officers in 2014. The police video was released a year after the shooting, sparking widespread protests in Chicago. By Legal Affairs Writer Michael Tarm. SENT: 585 words, photos.




CHICAGO — The sixth-graders, from very opposite sides of the street, sat in pairs, a list of questions before them: “What do you dream about?” ″Do you think about dying?” ″Are you scared?” Their task, at once easy and awkward, was to learn about one another — and differences surfaced quickly. One African-American boy from a public school pulled up a pant leg to reveal where a bullet had pierced his calf in a wrong-place, wrong-time shooting. His partner, a white boy who attends a private school and lives three blocks yet worlds away, was shocked, then saddened. The 40 or so children who’d gathered found common ground, too: a love of family, sports, animals and video games, a wish to one day succeed. Charlie Branda walked around and listened. This is what she’d had in mind when she opened a small art studio on Chicago’s Sedgwick Street, smack in the middle of a great divide. The stretch of asphalt in the Old Town neighborhood of one of America’s most segregated cities starkly separates black and white, haves and have-nots. Could something like art really help bring them all together? By Martha Irvin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2,000 words with an abridged version of 900 words, photos, video. FOR RELEASE WEDNESDAY AT 12:01 A.M. EDT.



CHICAGO — A Chinese citizen living in Chicago was arrested Tuesday for allegedly spying on U.S. engineers and scientists, including defense contractors, on behalf of the Chinese government, federal prosecutors said. Ji Chaoqun, 27, has been charged with one count of knowingly acting in the U.S. as an agent of a foreign government without prior notification of the attorney general, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago. He allegedly worked at the direction of high-ranking intelligence officials with the People’s Republic of China and was tasked with providing information about eight people for possible recruitment. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 265 words. Will be updated.


CHICAGO — A Cook County judge was reassigned to administrative duties after the state’s attorney’s office complained the man used an obscenity in referencing a female prosecutor. Judge Mauricio Araujo allegedly became upset earlier this month when the female prosecutor, a law school classmate, did not acknowledge him when she entered his courtroom. The incident was detailed in a complaint State’s Attorney Kim Foxx sent to Cook County Criminal Division Presiding Judge LeRoy K. Martin. SENT: 145 words. Will be updated.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The building that once housed President Abraham Lincoln’s law office in Springfield will soon be opened as a tourist welcome center. The first floor of the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices historic site will open next month as an extension of the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. The building was closed in 2014 for a $1 million renovation, but it failed to reopen due to budget issues. The City Council unanimously voted in April to reopen the building by signing a five-year lease with the state. SENT: 300 words.


BALTIMORE — New crime statistics released by the FBI place Baltimore’s homicide rate last year well above that of any other large U.S. metropolis, making it an anomaly in the national crime landscape when looking at American cities with populations over 500,000 people. The 342 homicides notched last year in Maryland’s biggest city yielded a punishing homicide rate of 56 per 100,000 people. Among major U.S. cities, Baltimore was followed by Detroit, which last year recorded a homicide rate of 40 per 100,000 people; Memphis, Tennessee, with a rate of 28 per 100,000; and Chicago, with a rate of 24 per 100,000. By David McFadden. SENT: 750 words, photo.



CHICAGO — When emergency tests showed the telltale right-sided pain in Heather VanDusen’s abdomen was appendicitis, she figured she’d be quickly wheeled into surgery. But doctors offered her the option of antibiotics instead. A new study from Finland shows her choice is a reasonable alternative for most patients with appendicitis. Five years after treatment with antibiotics, almost two-thirds of patients hadn’t had another attack. The Finnish results were published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 650 words, photos.


— PRIEST ABUST-MCCORMACK: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has settled a lawsuit filed by a man who alleges he was abused when he was a boy by a priest.

— CHIEF ILLINIWEK: The University of Illinois campus senate is backing a Native American tribe’s stance that the school’s longtime Chief Illiniwek mascot is a degrading racial stereotype. The Academic Senate approved a resolution supporting the Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma’s statement against any use of the chief as a symbol or mascot.

— BOOKS-JESSE JACKSON JR: The mother of former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. is working on a book of letters she sent him while he was in prison.

— ILLINOIS LAKE POISONING: State wildlife crews have poisoned a central Illinois lake as part of a plan to kill off the carp that have overrun it and restock it with game fish.

— BICYCLIST HIT-SHOOTING: Police say a man was shot and killed after chasing down a SUV that had struck a bicyclist on Chicago’s South Side.

— ILLINOIS-TRANSPORTATION AWARD: A temporary bridge used during reconstruction of the interchange at Interstate 55 and Lake Shore Drive in Chicago has earned Illinois a national transportation award.

— CHICAGO ARCHDIOCESE: The Archdiocese of Chicago is closing one school and one church and merging parishes to help address financial issues and an expected priest shortage.

— UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT-BEER BONG APOLOGY: The president of Southeast Missouri State University is apologizing after he was captured on video drinking from a beer bong at a tailgate party. President Carlos Vargas-Aburto said in an email that it was a “poor decision” to accept the drink before Southeast’s Sept. 15 football game at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.



CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs will try again to clinch their franchise-record fourth straight playoff spot when they continue their series the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubs need a win plus a loss by Colorado to Philadelphia. Chicago — also trying to hang onto first place in the NL Central with a 1-1/2 game lead on Milwaukee — sends Mike Montgomery to the mound. Chris Archer goes for Pittsburgh. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7:05 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO — The Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox continue their series Tuesday, with White Sox pitcher James Shields (7-16) scheduled to make his 33rd start of the season on Tuesday. He is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in his last five starts. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT


CHICAGO — For all the talk about Corey Crawford and the aging core of the Chicago Blackhawks, coach Joel Quenneville delivered a simple message as the team got back together for the start of a season that could have a dramatic impact on the direction of the franchise. Bring it, all the time. That used to be a given in Chicago, which has won the Stanley Cup three times since 2010. But the Blackhawks were swept in the first round of the postseason in 2017 and then missed the playoffs entirely last season for the first time in a decade. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 750 words, photos.


— SPORTS TEAMS-VOTER REGISTRATION: Nine sports franchises from Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NFL are teaming up and asking fans to register to vote. The Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox are among those offering fans a platform to register starting Tuesday on the teams’ mobile apps, websites and social media as part of a “Rally the Vote” effort. SENT: 170 words, photos.


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