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

August 2, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Chicago officials have issued parking bans and are warning motorists of rolling street closures ahead of a rush-hour protest march along the city’s busy Lake Shore Drive. Marchers plan to gather on the thoroughfare Thursday afternoon and walk north toward Wrigley Field. Organizers say they are marching to press demands for the resignations of Police Supt. Eddie Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. They claim the officials have failed in efforts to lower gun violence. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing on merits from march planned to start 4 p.m. CT. AP Photos.


CHICAGO — A planned march Thursday along Chicago’s picturesque roadway bordering Lake Michigan to one of the most historic baseball stadiums is the latest chapter in the nation’s long history of protesters targeting places where they believe their anger goes unnoticed. The strategy, made famous during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, has gained steam lately as protesters speak out on such issues as police brutality, racism, immigration, and even Confederate monuments. More than a half century after police attacked protesters as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, massive crowds are marching in such cities as St. Louis, Minneapolis and Los Angeles, blocking traffic and shutting down businesses. By Don Babwin. SENT: 700 words, photos.



CHICAGO — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will be the keynote speaker on Thursday at the 2018 American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Chicago. Rosenstein, who is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russia’s election intervention, will participate in a short question-and-answer session with ABA President Hilarie Bass after his speech. UPCOMING: Developing from 4:30 p.m. CT speech. AP Photos planned.


CHICAGO — President Donald Trump appeared to suggest in a tweet Wednesday that his former campaign manager Paul Manafort is being treated worse by the justice system than notorious Chicago mob boss Al Capone. Even for a president whose tweets have led to countless arguments on cable television by pundits dissecting his words, this comparison is jarring. By Don Babwin. SENT: 650 words, photos. Moved late Wednesday and available for use.


NEW YORK — Records obtained by The Associated Press show that a prominent political donor has helped pornographers, payday loan debt collectors and offshore gambling operations get past the gates of the banking system. Allied Wallet Inc. put millions of dollars behind Democrats — and then switched to Donald Trump. Last August, the Trump administration ended a Justice Department effort called Operation Choke Point that investigated banks and other financial institutions working in industries such as payday lending that carry high risks of fraud. That kind of policy change could be helpful for Allied Wallet customers like Stark Law LLC of Chicago, an aggressive debt collector that posed as a law firm and threatened tens of thousands of Americans into giving them money — often for payday loans they never even signed up for. By Jake Pearson and Jeff Horwitz. SENT: 3,080 words, photos. An abridged of 1,040 words has also been sent.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Checks have been sent out to more than 900 Illinois workers to cover back pay owed since 2011. Comptroller Susana Mendoza says the checks were issued to Department of Public Health workers. Mendoza says the department is the first state agency to issue vouchers to her office enabling the money to be paid. State lawmakers included $63 million in Illinois’ current budget to take care of the back wages, which they described as the state’s oldest outstanding bill. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


BISMARCK, N.D. — The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline is battling to avoid dismissal of a second defendant in its $1 billion federal racketeering lawsuit against three environmental groups. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners argues in court documents that Earth First should be held accountable for “eco-terrorist activities” because it’s a legal entity that can be sued. ETP sued BankTrack, Greenpeace and Earth First for up to $1 billion, alleging they worked to undermine the pipeline that has been moving oil from North Dakota to Illinois for the past year. The groups said the lawsuit was an attack on free speech. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.


— LOLLAPALOOZA-SECURITY: People attending this year’s Lollapalooza music festival in downtown Chicago are finding stricter rules and stepped-up security. The four-day event began Thursday. Chicago police say they’ve increased security partly because of the October mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival, where a gunman killed 58 people from a 32nd-floor hotel suite.

— U OF ILLINOIS RESEARCH PARK: The developer of the University of Illinois Research Park says it is selling majority ownership of its buildings there in order to raise money for expansion projects.

— STATE FAIR-BIDEN: A planned visit to Springfield, Illinois, later this month by former Vice President Joe Biden is proving to be a bigger attraction than expected. Biden’s visit on Aug. 16 is proving so popular that plans have changed to accommodate more people.

— AMTRAK-CAR CRASH: A 67-year-old northwestern Indiana man has died after he drove into the path of a Chicago-bound Amtrak passenger train.

— ROCKFORD CLOCK TOWER: A clock tower that stood as a symbol of the northern Illinois community of Rockford has been demolished. The iconic tower along Interstate 90 was torn down Wednesday.

— ARBORICULTURE SOCIETY-MOVE: The International Society of Arboriculture has announced it is moving its headquarters from Champaign, Illinois, to Atlanta. The organization that certifies arborists says it chose to move to Georgia’s capital next year in part because of its more convenient travel options.

— FRAUD-GUILTY PLEA: A former employee of a Chicago-based asset-management firm has pleaded guilty to mail fraud charges for using company funds to pay for personal expenses.



CHICAGO — Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs open a four-game series against the San Diego Padres. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:05 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO — Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox wrap up a two-game series against the Kansas City Royals. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 1:10 p.m. ET.


CANTON, OHIO — The Chicago Bears meet the Baltimore Ravens in the Hall of Fame game. By Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. ET


BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — The U.S. women’s national team plays Brazil in the final match of the Tournament of Nations at Toyota Park. UPCOMING: 450 words. Match starts 7:30 p.m. CT.


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