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

June 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Lamanta Reese lived much of his gang life in virtual reality, posting videos on YouTube of him and others taunting rivals. He died at age 19 in the real world, bleeding from his head onto a porch on Chicago’s South Side after one of those gang rivals, prosecutors say, shot him 11 times. Another possible factor in his slaying: A smiley-face emoji Reese posted that the suspected gunman may have interpreted as a slight about his mom. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 910 words, photos.




PEORIA, Ill. — The remains of famous Roman Catholic Archbishop Fulton Sheen can be moved to Illinois from New York, nearly 40 years after his death, a judge said. Joan Sheen Cunningham, 90, believes moving her uncle’s remains to Peoria, Illinois, will improve his cause for sainthood. New York Supreme Court Judge Arlene Bluth said that is a “laudable purpose. Sheen’s remains are at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan. Cunningham sued the cathedral and the Archdiocese of New York, which have opposed her wishes. SENT: 230 words.


EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — Dredging of a ship canal in northwest Indiana has begun as environmental regulators continue to study off-site disposal options for highly contaminated sediments, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors began dredging work at the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal in East Chicago on Monday, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported . Removing the 120,000 cubic yards (91,750 cubic meters) of sediment will likely finish in the fall, the Corps said. SENT: 275 words.


MACOMB, Ill. — Western Illinois University officials are considering how to address the university’s declining student enrollment. Combined enrollment at the Macomb and Moline campuses dropped from 11,700 students in 2013 to about 9,400 students in the fall of 2017, the Quad-City Times reported . Projected enrollment for this fall is about 8,000, which is a decline of 14 percent, said Mark Bernards, an agriculture professor. “If we continue this pattern of decline in enrollment, I calculated WIU will have a student population of less than 4,000 by the fall of 2022,” Bernards said. SENT: 305 words.


— PARKLAND-CHICAGO PROTEST: Two students at a Florida high school where a gunman shot and killed 17 people are joining Chicago activists who oppose the planned construction of a $95 million police and fire training academy on the city’s West Side.

— LAKE SHELBYVILLE RESORT: State officials plan to reopen bids for a resort along Lake Shelbyville in central Illinois.

— UNITED FLIGHT-SECURITY THREAT: A United Airlines flight over the Atlantic has turned back and landed in Ireland because of what the airline called a “potential security concern.”

— USG-ACQUISITION: German building materials maker Knauf is buying American building products maker USG in an approximately $7 billion deal.

— BAR EXAM: Illinois has become the 30th state to adopt the Uniform Bar Exam allowing state attorneys to more easily practice in other states.

— PARTY SHOOTING-ILLINOIS: Police say seven people were wounded in an apparent gang-related shooting at a child’s birthday party in suburban Chicago.

— THREE DEAD: Police say three members of the same family have been found dead in a home in west suburban Chicago.

— SUPREME COURT-WRIGLEY FIELD: The Supreme Court is leaving in place a court decision dismissing a lawsuit filed against the Chicago Cubs by the owners of rooftop clubs adjacent to Wrigley Field.

— SOUTH BELOIT-SHOOTINGS: Officials say a former city council member in northern Illinois and his son died in a weekend murder-suicide.



MILWAUKEE — In a game for first place in the NL Central, the Cubs play the Brewers. Chicago is a half-game behind Milwaukee. Jose Quintana starts for the Cubs and has pitched 24 straight shutout innings against Milwaukee. For his career, Quintana is 4-1 with a 0.96 career ERA at Miller Park. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a court decision dismissing a lawsuit filed against the Chicago Cubs by the owners of rooftop clubs adjacent to Wrigley Field. Skybox on Sheffield and Lakeview Baseball Club sued the Cubs in 2015, arguing in part that a right-field video board the team was adding would block their views of the ballpark and violate terms of a 2004 revenue-sharing agreement. SENT: 185 words, photo.


CHICAGO — The Indians and White Sox open a four-game series with Carlos Carrasco starting for Cleveland and Lucas Giolito for Chicago. Carrasco was 3-0 in four starts against the White Sox last season. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


EVANSTON, Ill. — Former Clemson quarterback and highly touted recruit Hunter Johnson is transferring to Northwestern. Johnson will have to sit out this season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules and have three years of eligibility left. Northwestern has senior Clayton Thorson coming back from a knee injury and set to start at quarterback this season. SENT: 285 words.


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