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

September 18, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — The Chicago police officers clearly do not want to be in court testifying against a colleague accused of murder, with one of them so uncomfortable he couldn’t bring himself to point to the man on trial, something witnesses are routinely asked to do. But one after another — whether they want to or not — officers who were at the scene the night of Oct. 20, 2014, when white officer Jason Van Dyke emptied his gun into black teenager Laquan McDonald, are being called to testify, as prosecutors seek to chip away at the “blue wall of silence” long associated with the city’s police force and other law enforcement agencies across the country. By Don Babwin. SENT: 730 words, photos.



WAUKEGAN, Ill. — A former Marine already sentenced to death for killing a sailor in Virginia pleaded guilty Tuesday to fatally attacking two young girls in a suburban Chicago park 13 years ago. A judge sentenced Jorge Torrez, 30, to 100 years in prison under a plea deal with prosecutors for the fatal stabbings of 8-year-old Laura Hobbs and 9-year-old Krystal Tobias on Mother’s Day 2005 at the Beulah Park Forest Preserve in Zion, near the Illinois-Wisconsin state line. SENT: 390 words.


MILWAUKEE — A decision by Wisconsin officials eight years ago to approve a big, new allotment of water from Lake Michigan to Pleasant Prairie is raising questions of transparency. The 2010 decision gave the Kenosha County community on the Illinois border the right to tap millions of gallons of more water a day for years to come. The move by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was made in the final year of Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle’s administration. SENT: 440 words, photo.



NEW ORLEANS — McDonald’s workers staged protests in several cities Tuesday in what organizers billed as the first multistate strike seeking to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. In Chicago, one of the targeted cities, several dozen protesters rallied in front of McDonald’s headquarters while a plane flew overhead with a banner reading, “McDonald’s: Stop Sexual Harassment.” In New Orleans, current and former employees chanted, “Hey, McDonald’s, you can’t hide — we can see your nasty side.” By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 440 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO — Pharmaceutical giant AbbVie illegally plied doctors with cash, gifts and services to prescribe one of the world’s best-selling drugs, Humira, despite its potentially deadly complications, a California official said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The lawsuit by the state’s insurance commissioner accuses the Illinois-based company of a far-reaching kickback scheme that led doctors to write more prescriptions for the drug, tainting their relationship with patients and driving up insurance costs. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 470 words, photos.


— WHEATON COLLEGE-HAZING-SETTLEMENT: A former member of a Christian college football team has settled his lawsuit against the school and four of five teammates accused of attacking him.

— ILLINOIS STATE FAIR: The Illinois State Fair lost nearly $210,000 on its Grandstand concerts in Springfield last month after seeing record ticket sales a year ago. Figures released by fair officials show it took a big hit over country star Thomas Rhett’s weather-canceled show.

— ICC-LINCOLN TOWING: A judge has ruled a Chicago towing company that had its license pulled by the Illinois Commerce Commission can continue to operate as it appeals the decision. The Illinois Commerce Commission voted unanimously last week to revoke Lincoln Towing Service’s license immediately, citing hundreds of alleged violations.

— ILLINOIS-TOP TEN SCIENTISTS: A University of Chicago scholar who led the construction of the first nuclear reactor and helped develop the first atomic bomb has been selected as Illinois’ top scientist in history in an online vote.

— ILLINOIS ABORTION LAWSUIT: An Illinois appellate court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed to stop a law that’ll expand Medicaid and state-employee group health insurance to cover abortions.

— CHICAGO-YOUTH SMOKING: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he’s proposing new measures aimed at cutting down on youth smoking, vaping and electronic cigarette use.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy understands the temptation to compare, given the way his present and past quarterbacks are performing. Mitchell Trubisky and Patrick Mahomes were top 10 selections in the same class and the first two QBs drafted in 2017. But while Trubisky — the No. 2 overall pick that year — has turned in two shaky performances for Chicago this season, Mahomes has been lighting it up for Kansas City. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 690 words, photos.


PHOENIX — The Chicago Cubs try to make it two in a row over fading Arizona as they try to hang on to control of the NL Central. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 8:40 p.m. CT


CLEVELAND — The Chicago White Sox will call upon lefty Carlos Rodon (6-5) to start in Cleveland against Corey Kluber (18-7). Rodon is 4-2 with 2.44 ERA lifetime against the Indians. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:10 p.m. CT.


— BBA--WHITE SOX-ABREU: White Sox slugger Jose Abreu will miss Chicago’s three-game series against the Cleveland Indians because of an infection in his right thigh.


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