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

August 31, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Chicago inspectors slap dozens of violations on the owner of a home where 10 children died in a fire. The violations disclosed Friday ranged from missing or defective smoke detectors, defective light fixtures and wiring and plumbing installed without a permit. A lawyer for the owner says it’s unfair. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.



CHICAGO — Police data show Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive is a hot spot for high-speed ticketing. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


— 1994 STUDENT SLAYING: A man accused of fleeing to Mexico after the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old college student in 1994 has been returned to Chicago to face murder charges.

— ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK-SEARCH: Rangers are looking for an Urbana man who didn’t return from a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

— IDENTITY THEFT: An Illinois man has pleaded guilty in Connecticut to obtaining or trying to obtain unemployment benefits from 38 states using the stolen identities of other people.

— ROOF COLLAPSE-CHICAGO: Fire Department officials say an explosion that injured 10 people at a Chicago water treatment plant was caused by a worker using a torch near a “significant amount” of methane gas.

— SECURITY GUARDS-MURDER CHARGES: A northern Illinois judge is refusing to dismiss murder charges against two security guards in the 2016 fatal shooting of a man whom they tried to stop while patrolling an apartment complex.

— SIX FLAGS-NEW COASTER: A Chicago-area theme park says it will open a new roller coaster that will accelerate from 0 to 78 miles per hour (125 kph) in less than two seconds.

— CHARGES DROPPED-LAWSUIT: A Chicago man is suing the city and several police officers nearly a year after prosecutors dropped murder charges against him in the death of a 16-year-old.



CHICAGO — The Chicago Sky fired Amber Stocks as general manager and head coach on Friday after a two-year tenure that included an overall record of 25-43 and no playoff appearances.


CHICAGO — The major league-leading Boston Red Sox continue their series against the Chicago White Sox. Nathan Eovaldi pitches for Boston while Michael Kopech makes his third start for Chicago. Kopech was one of the Red Sox’s top prospects before they traded him to the White Sox for Chris Sale in December 2016. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


PHILADELPHIA — Jose Quintana (11-9) starts for the Cubs and Nick Pivetta (7-10) goes for the Phillies in the opener of a three-game set. By Rob Maaddi.


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Mired in its worst six-year stretch in school history, Arkansas prepares for a fresh start under first-year coach Chad Morris against Eastern Illinois on Saturday. The Razorbacks will be led by quarterback Cole Kelley, who was named the starter this week. By Kurt Voigt.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — When Illinois opens its season at home Saturday against Kent State, a streak will be broken no matter the outcome. Illinois is coming off a 10-game losing streak and hopes to take advantage of a moribund Kent State team picked to finish last in its conference to extend a 20-game home-opener win streak. By Terry Towery. 650 words.


IOWA CITY, Iowa —Iowa’s opener has all the makings of a truly memorable afternoon at Kinnick Stadium. If the Hawkeyes beat Northern Illinois as expected on Saturday, coach Kirk Ferentz will surpass beloved mentor Hayden Fry — who is scheduled to fly up to Iowa City for the occasion — with his 144th career victory at the school. But it could also end up as a terrible day to be a Hawkeye, given the quality of the opponent and the uncertainty of Ferentz’s own club. By Luke Meredith. 650 words.


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