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

September 19, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO — A doctor testifying in the trial of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the death of a Laquan McDonald said Wednesday that it’s impossible to determine the exact order of the 16 gunshot wounds the black teenager had. Dr. Ponni Arunkumar, Cook County’s chief medical examiner, testified about each gunshot wound as jurors viewed autopsy photos of them. Video from the October 2014 shooting shows Officer Jason Van Dyke opening fire as McDonald walks away from police with a small knife in one hand. Arunkumar said it’s impossible to determine the order of the gunshots in such cases because the shooter and the person being shot are in “constant motion.” By Don Babwin. SENT: 250 words, photos. Will be updated.



ALAMEDA, Calif. — The relaxed new dress code at public schools in the small city of Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, is intentionally specific: Midriff-baring shirts are acceptable attire, so are tank tops with spaghetti straps and other once-banned items like micro-mini skirts and short shorts. As students settle into the new school term, gone are restrictions on ripped jeans and hoodies in class. Alameda’s new dress code was modeled after a suggested policy by the Oregon chapter of the National Organization for Women, drafted in 2016 to “update and improve” dress codes, avoid rules that reinforce gender stereotypes and minimize unnecessary discipline or “body shaming.” Portland, Oregon’s public school district adopted a new policy in 2016, followed by Evanston, Illinois, in 2017, both of which incorporated NOW’s suggestions. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 800 words photos, video.


— LINCOLN-STOVEPIPE HAT: Failed efforts to authenticate Abraham Lincoln’s ownership of a stovepipe hat were kept secret for years by the nonprofit group that owns the hat. WBEZ Chicago reports that the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation sought national museum experts’ review in 2013 and an FBI DNA analysis in 2015 to prove Lincoln’s link to the iconic hat. Neither turned up sufficient evidence it belonged to the 16th president.

— PEORIA-BUDGET TROUBLES: City officials in Peoria are considering police and fire department jobs cuts as they look to close a possible $6 million budget deficit for next year. City Manager Patrick Urich told City Council members that 60 municipal jobs might need to be cut unless additional revenue is found for 2019.

— WYNRIGHT-INDIANA PLANT: Illinois company plans to build a manufacturing plant for the logistics industry in northwestern Indiana, creating up to 580 new jobs.

— DRUG LLAMA-FENTANYL: Prosecutors say a 31-year-old San Diego, California, woman who went by the online alias “The Drug Llama” faces federal charges in southern Illinois in a conspiracy that included the shipment of more than 50,000 fentanyl pills nationwide.

— EMANUEL-BOOK DEAL: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a new book deal. Book publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced Tuesday it will publish a book by Emanuel on governing at a time of “historic gridlock.”

— FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION: The wife and daughter of a central Illinois man imprisoned for murder and arson have been charged with joining the inmate to steal from a relative.

— VFW-JACKPOT GAME: The more than $7 million Queen of Hearts raffle at the McHenry Veterans of Foreign Wars has been won. The winner gets 60 percent, or about $4.2 million before taxes.



PHOENIX — The Chicago Cubs, closing in on the NL Central title, send Cole Hamels to the mound and Arizona counters with Robbie Ray in a matchup of left-handers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 8:40 p.m. CT


CLEVELAND — White Sox starter Dylan Covey (5-13) takes on Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco (16-8) in the middle game of the teams’ three-game series. Carrasco has won both of his starts against Chicago this season, allowing one unearned run in 14 innings. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:10 p.m. CT


LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Led by outside linebacker Khalil Mack, the Chicago Bears have compiled a league-high 10 sacks while forcing four turnovers and scoring two touchdowns. Keeping the momentum going appears to be a possibility this week against the Arizona Cardinals, who’ve been outscored 58-6 in two games. UPCOMING: 600 words.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — First-year offensive coordinator Rod Smith’s up-tempo, spread offense has created some big opportunities for Illinois, which has contributed to a solid 2-1 record going into Friday’s conference opener at home against No. 10 Penn State. No one has benefited more from Smith’s complex system than sophomore running back Mike Epstein. UPCOMING: 600 words.


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