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

July 11, 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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

SPRINGFIELD LIBRARY-HOMELESS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The city council has defeated an effort to keep homeless people from spending nights outside the public library named for Abraham Lincoln. Critics said ticketing the homeless and not offering an alternative would be the wrong approach. Alderman Kristin DiCenso says it’s “repulsive” to turn poverty into a crime. The proposed ordinance was defeated Tuesday. SENT: 250 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

JAIL ESCAPE

CARMI, Ill. — Cinder blocks have been reinforced with concrete and metal bars after three men broke out of a southern Illinois jail, the White County sheriff said. A public meeting was packed Tuesday night as Sheriff Doug Maier explained his department’s response to the June 16 escape. Two men, including an inmate charged with murder, were on the lam for three weeks before their recent capture. The other man was arrested within a day. SENT: 240 words.

TRUSTEE-MUSLIM COMMENT

PALOS HILLS, Ill. — Residents of a Chicago suburb are demanding the resignation of a township official a year after she made social media posts about Middle Eastern immigrants. Activists have come to the board’s monthly meetings since the posts surfaced last year. The protests will continue until Sharon Brannigan steps down or is voted out of her position, said Emily Biegel, founder of Southwest Suburban Activists. Brannigan’s response: No way. SENT: 210 words.

EXCHANGE-RUSSIANS-HOUSTON

HOUSTON — An assortment of nesting dolls or “matryoshka” sit on glass shelves at the Russian Cultural Center. The Houston Chronicle reports some are in traditional Semenov style, hand-painted in traditional red, gold and black with leaves and vines wrapping around the wooden exteriors. These nesting dolls serve as an iconic symbol of Russian culture and tradition. But, Sophia Grinblat, executive director of the Russian Cultural Center near Rice Village, smiles knowingly as she explains nesting dolls appeal more to foreigners. With the upcoming Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, tensions between the U.S. and Russia have only escalated. By Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 810 words, pursuing photos.

TRAVEL:

TRAVEL-GEOFFREY BAER

Did you know that the original symbolism of the Statue of Liberty had nothing to do with welcoming immigrants? And that Mount Rushmore was basically built as a scheme to get road-trippers to make the trip out to South Dakota? You’ll hear the inside story on these icons and others from Geoffrey Baer, Chicago-based host of the PBS television series “10 That Changed America,” in three new episodes airing this summer. In addition to famous monuments, other episodes focus on streets that changed America — like New York’s Broadway — and on modern marvels like the Hoover Dam. By Beth Harpaz. SENT: 630 words.

MEDICINE:

BLOOD PRESSURE-ALHEIMER

Decades ago, hundreds of nuns and priests made an extraordinary decision: They agreed to donate their brains upon death to science, hoping to help solve mysteries about Alzheimer’s and other diseases. Now, a study that used their gifts is giving some clues. It reveals that high blood pressure late in life might harm the brain. Autopsies on nearly 1,300 older people, including about 640 clergy members, found more signs of damage and one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease in the brains of those with higher blood pressure than among those with pressure closer to normal, researchers reported Wednesday. By Marilyn Marchione. SENT: 660 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— SIU PRESIDENT DISPUTE: Southern Illinois University’s president has received a vote of no confidence from the faculty senate at the school’s Carbondale campus.

— EMERGENCY LANDING-INTERSTATE: A small aircraft has made an emergency landing on the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 just north of Lincoln, Illinois.

— WAFFLE HOUSE SHOOTING: A woman whose son was one of four people killed at a Waffle House in Tennessee has filed a $100 million wrongful death lawsuit against the Illinois suspect and his father.

— ARMLESS MAN-STABBING: A homeless South Florida man with no arms has been charged with stabbing a Chicago tourist.

— POLICE SHOOTING-OFFICERS WOUNDED: Relatives say a suburban Chicago man who was killed by police fired at officers because he was distraught over financial woes and other problems.

— JUDGE-GUN CHARGE: A judge is charged with carrying a concealed weapon in a prohibited area after he was caught on video dropping a gun in a Chicago courthouse.

— BROOKFIELD ZOO-PORCUPINE: A baby porcupine is the first of its species to be born at Brookfield Zoo.

— ILLINOIS DEMOCRATS: A Chicago lawmaker has been named interim executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois.

SPORTS:

CUBS-GIANTS

SAN FRANCISCO — Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is expected back in the lineup following a stint on the disabled list as Chicago wraps up its three-game series against Johnny Cueto and the San Francisco Giants. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 2:45 p.m.

CARDINALS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO — Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox wrap up a two-game series against Jose Martinez and the St. Louis Cardinals. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

GLF--JOHN DEERE CLASSIC

For the first time in his PGA Tour career, Bryson DeChambeau will enter a tournament looking to defend a title. DeChambeau’s breakthrough on the PGA Tour came last year at the John Deere Classic, which tees off on Thursday at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. After entering the final round four strokes off the pace, DeChambeau birdied six of his final nine holes for a one-shot win over Patrick Rodgers. DeChambeau will enter this year’s event as a strong contender to repeat as its champion as well. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 565 words, photo.

SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — David Toms is breathing a little easier. Nothing like winning a major to toss a big weight off a golfer’s shoulders, particularly when he had gone more than seven years without a victory on either the senior or regular tours. Now, Toms has a shot at another one. He comes into the Constellation Senior Players Championship looking to build on his win at the U.S. Senior Open at the Broadmoor two weeks ago. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 640 words, photo.

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