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

May 14, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois for mass murderers and those who kill police officers. Rauner put the provision in legislation he rewrote Monday. The bill extends the waiting period to 72 hours for delivery for assault-style weapons. Currently it’s 24 hours. The Republican approved the waiting period but used amendatory veto authority to add other measures. They include restoration of capital punishment in heinous crimes. Illinois abolished the death penalty in 2011. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The foundation that supports the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is selling a black dress once owned by movie star Marilyn Monroe to raise funds to repay a loan used to buy artifacts relating to the 16th president. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation is putting nine items up for auction in Las Vegas June 23, including photos of the 1950s movie icon. Julien’s Auctions says the wool dress could sell for more than $60,000. SENT: 300 words.


YORKVILLE, Ill. — Officials in northeast Illinois have approved plans for a historical marker to commemorate the original location of the state’s northern boundary. The aluminum cast marker will be installed in Yorkville’s Town Square park this summer. The marker will tell the story of how Illinois U.S. Rep. Nathaniel Pope introduced an amendment that pushed the border further north and gave the state access to Lake Michigan. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


EAST CHICAGO — A utilities director in northwest Indiana says lagging participation in a lead water service line replacement project could affect the area’s ability to justify future projects. The East Chicago Water Board approved a $3.1 million plan last year to replace lead and galvanized steel water services lines in nearly 400 homes at the Superfund site. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.



NEW YORK — Sears Holdings Corp. is considering selling its storied Kenmore brand along with other related assets. The ailing company, which is based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and operates department stores under the Sears and Kmart names, says a special committee of its board is starting a formal process to explore the sale. By Anne D’innocenzio. SENT: 170 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


— PEARL HARBOR SAILOR BURIALS: The families of two sailors with Illinois ties who were killed during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are preparing for their burials. Military officials say DNA testing helped identify remains of the sailors who were among 429 killed when the USS Oklahoma sank.

— MOUNT STERLING DOWNTOWN: A small central Illinois community is receiving $1.5 million in federal funds to revitalize its aging downtown infrastructure. Mount Sterling plans to use the funds to make its sidewalks more handicapped-accessible. The city will also install LED lighting and update its streetscape. SENT: 130 words.

— ROCKFORD POLICE-DASHBOARD CAMS: A state grant will help the Rockford Police Department equip all its squad cars with dashboard cameras. The agency received a $200,000 grant from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

— MOTORCYCLIST CHASE-SHOOTING: Authorities in northwestern Indiana say they have a person of interest in custody after a motorcyclist crashed and pointed a gun at a sheriff’s deputy who then fired several times at the man.



CHICAGO — Jose Quintana faces Julio Teheran as the Chicago Cubs meet the Atlanta Braves in the makeup of an April 15 rainout. After the game at Wrigley Field, the teams travel to Atlanta for three more games beginning on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started 1:20 p.m.


Even with the conference finals going on, the NBA’s eyes turn to the future this week. A future that, perhaps, will have less tanking. The draft lottery — the last before changes come next year to dissuade tanking — is Tuesday night, and then about 70 players will partake in the draft combine that starts on Wednesday. Those events are both happening in Chicago, as are some various league meetings such as a gathering of NBA general managers and other front-office executives. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos.


CHICAGO — Danielle Kang shoots at a floating green in the Chicago River and looks back on her first major title at the 2017 KPMG LPGA Championship at nearby Olympia Fields. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.


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