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

August 1, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. — Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin says a GOP state lawmaker will resign amid allegations that he posted nude photos of an ex-girlfriend on social media. Durkin issued a statement saying Rep. Nick Sauer is resigning Wednesday after a published report alleging he set up an Instagram account under the Chicago woman’s name and posted explicit photos. Politico reported that the woman filed complaints with Chicago police and the legislative inspector general against the first-term lawmaker from Lake Barrington. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.



DURANGO, Mexico — A U.S. passenger aboard a flight that crashed on takeoff in northern Mexico said Wednesday that a strong burst of wind and hail hit the Aeromexico jetliner, apparently knocking it back to ground, where there were only moments to evacuate before it burned. Alberto Herrera, a 35-year-old webpage engineer from Chicago, described the terrifying moments when the plane briefly became airborne before smacking belly-down onto a field beyond the edge of the runway. An Illinois priest was on the plane. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago said the Rev. Esequiel Sanchez suffered some injuries, but was alert and resting. By Christopher Sherman. SENT: 400 words, photos, video. Moving in national services.


ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. — An Illinois village is spending $300,000 to be the title sponsor for a nationally televised college football bowl game in the Bahamas. The Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village and ESPN announced the bowl sponsorship for the “Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl” on Tuesday. They say the Dec. 21 game in Nassau will mark the first time a non-tourist municipality has sponsored a bowl game. The game was previously sponsored by fast-food chain Popeyes. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


HONOLULU — Jessica Tilton wanted to see lava flowing into the ocean off Hawaii’s Big Island but thought her sightseeing boat got too close to the explosive phenomenon. “It was too close for comfort,” the 20-year-old from Washington, Illinois, told reporters Tuesday from her Honolulu hospital bed. By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher. SENT: 500 words, photos. Moved late Tuesday and available for use.



NEW YORK — Rod Holmes opted for simplicity when Chicago’s paid sick leave law took effect. He wanted to avoid the headache of calculating how much sick time staffers at his digital marketing company earned for the time they worked, and there was the question of what do about his employees in Cincinnati. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 800 words, photos.


HONOLULU — A Chicago-based chain that trademarked “Aloha Poke” has faced backlash with calls for boycott after sending cease-and-desist letters to businesses with similar names, including the Aloha Poke Shop in Honolulu. The letters sent on behalf of Aloha Poke Co. demanded restaurants to stop using “Aloha” and “Aloha Poke,” citing the similarities and the likelihood of confusion. SENT: 300 words.


— OBAMA ENDORSEMENTS: Former President Barack Obama is endorsing Democrat J.B. Pritzker for Illinois governor. He’s also backing Kwame Raoul for attorney general and three Illinois Democrats looking to unseat GOP congressmen. Obama announced his first midterm endorsements Wednesday and said he expects to campaign for several of them this fall.

— BLOOMINGTON ARENA-INDICTMENTS: The former manager of Bloomington’s city-owned arena faces a new theft indictment charging that he illegally transferred city money to a group that used to own the Bloomington Thunder hockey team.

— RAUNER-ALLERGY LAW: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law protecting health professionals who provide police officers with life-saving epinephrine auto injections.

— ROUTE 66-CENTENNIAL: Illinois wants to celebrate a century of people getting their kicks on Route 66.



The bar was set high for Brian Urlacher when he joined the Chicago Bears as a first-round middle linebacker back in 2000. Few teams are as closely identified with one position as the Bears are at middle linebacker with players like Bill George, Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary personifying the Monsters of the Midway on the way to Hall of Fame careers. Urlacher lived up to that lofty standard and will join that talented trio in Canton when he is inducted into the hall on Saturday. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 850 words, photos.


CANTON, Ohio — Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, two of the NFL’s greatest linebackers, enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame this week. When their teams meet in Thursday night’s preseason opener, the game could very well honor them by being a defensive battle. On one hand, the Chicago Bears are installing a new offense under first-year coach Matt Nagy. On the other side, few if any of the Baltimore Ravens’ starters at the offensive skill positions are likely to get much action. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 800 words, photos.


PITTSBURGH — Cole Hamels will make his first start for the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday when they face the Pirates. Hamels went 5-9 for Texas before the Cubs acquired him last week. Nick Kingham (5-5, 4.80 ERA) starts for Pittsburgh. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 6:05 p.m. CT


CHICAGO — Jakob Junis and the Kansas City Royals take on Dylan Covey and the Chicago White Sox in the second game of a three-game set between the AL Central’s worst teams. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT


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