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BC-IL--Illinois New Digest Advisory 1:30 pm, IL

September 17, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

CHICAGO — Prosecutors on Monday showed jurors video of a white Chicago police officer opening fire on black teenager Laquan McDonald, saying the 2014 fatal shooting was “completely unnecessary.” The video shows Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times as the 17-year-old, carrying a small knife in one hand, walks away from officers. Special prosecutor Joseph McMahon told jurors that “not a single shot was necessary or justified” before showing them the video 15 minutes into his opening statement as the trial got underway. By Don Babwin. SENT: 540 words. Will be updated. With AP Photos.

TRANSGENDER CHILDREN

UNDATED — A doctors group took a stand in support of transgender children Monday, offering advice in what it called “a rapidly evolving” field. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended support for kids who change their names or hairstyles to affirm their chosen gender identity. The group said children are more likely to have better physical and mental health with such support. By Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 250 words.

OLDEST NUCLEAR PLANT-CLOSING

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — America’s oldest nuclear power plant has shut down. Officials at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey say the plant went offline at noon Monday. The plant near the Jersey shore has dealt with corrosion and leaks during its time in service, but its owner, Chicago-based Exelon Corp., says the plant has always been safe. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated following 1 p.m. EDT media briefing.

AROUND THE STATE:

CLIMATE CHANGE-LAKE MICHIGAN

CHICAGO — A new report warns that warmer and wetter climate in the Midwest could lead to the displacement of some cold water fish species in southern Lake Michigan and trigger die-offs in smaller inland lakes. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Purdue University research published last week says the Great Lakes are warming along with the atmosphere due to the proliferation of greenhouse gases. SENT: 125 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CHICAGO MAYOR-DALEY: Another Daley wants to be mayor of Chicago. Former White House chief of staff William “Bill” Daley said Monday he’s running for the seat previously held by his brother, Richard M. Daley, and his father Richard J. Daley. SENT: 130 words. With AP Photos.

— REPUBLICAN LAWMAKER-HARASSMENT ALLEGATION: Illinois House Republicans have ended campaign support for a sitting GOP lawmaker amid allegations of “harassment.” The Chicago Tribune reported Friday that the House Republican Organization cut off financial aid for Rep. Jerry Lee Long of Streator and requested he quit the campaign. SENT: 130 words.

— FIREFIGHTER DIES-BOAT PARTY: An off-duty Chicago fire captain has died in an apparent drowning while attending a boat party at a Chicago harbor.

— SIU STUDENT DEATH: A southern Illinois judge has thrown out a man’s murder conviction in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student.

— REDS-CUBS-HERO TEACHER: A suburban Indianapolis teacher who was shot in May while tackling a student who opened fire inside his classroom threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field before Sunday’s Chicago Cubs-Cincinnati Reds game.

SPORTS:

BBN--CUBS-DIAMONDBACKS

The Chicago Cubs, with a 2 1-2-game lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central, open a three-game series with the fading Arizona Diamondbacks, now four out in the NL West and 3 1-2 out for the final Wild Card spot. By Jose Romero. UPCOMING: 700 words. AP Photos. 9:40 p.m., ET. AP Photos

FBN--SEAHAWKS-BEARS

CHICAGO — Khalil Mack makes his first appearance at Soldier Field for Chicago as the Bears face Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. Both teams are looking to bounce back from season-opening losses, with the Bears blowing a 20-point lead at Green Bay and the Seahawks unable to protect a slim edge in the fourth quarter at Denver. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 8:15 p.m. ET.

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