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

January 7, 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. Sophia Tareen 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORY:

HISTORIC CEMETERY

WAUCONDA TOWNSHIP — A township northwest of Chicago is proceeding with a plan to upgrade a small, hidden cemetery in the middle of a cornfield. Wauconda Township is planning in the spring to build a split-rail fence around Hope Grove Cemetery and install a brass sign of recognition, the Daily Herald reported. The cemetery became an island after the Lake County Forest Preserve District purchased the property surrounding the area several years ago to create the Kettle Grove Forest Preserve. SENT: 300 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-BASKETBALL FAMILY

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — There are teams that share an immensely strong bond among the players and coaches, so much so they see themselves as a family. In the case of the Calvary Academy girls basketball team, it truly is a family affair. Terrance Paulin, who graduated from Calvary in 2005, is the head coach. His mother, Margaret Paulin, is the assistant coach. Terrance’s sisters, Alliyah Turner and Aryanna Harris, are junior starters for the Saints. Turner is a shooting guard. Harris runs the point. By Marcia Martinez. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-ANIMAL THERAPY

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Educators may employ many tactics to correct behavioral issues among students. From proverbial and literal smacks on the wrists to modern-day detentions and suspensions, none works all too well, experts say. One suburban school district is taking a unique approach: animal-assisted therapy. McHenry High School District 156 this year, in partnership with Main Stay Therapeutic Farm in Richmond, launched the pilot experiential learning program for at-risk students that’s an alternative to detentions and suspensions. By Madhu Krishnamurthy. Daily Herald. SENT: 770 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— IMMIGRANT RESTAURANT OWNER: A Mexican restaurant manager in southern Illinois who doesn’t have legal permission to live in the U.S. isn’t scheduled for another immigration hearing until 2021 after he posted bond last year.

— MADISON COUNTY JAIL: Officials say the number of inmates at a southwestern Illinois county jail has dropped in the past several months.

— INVESTIGATOR-ATTACK-ILLINOIS: An attorney for a man charged with beating a Department of Children and Family Services investigator says a mental evaluation should be completed within about a month.

— OUTCOME HEALTH-TAX CREDITS: Illinois has suspended another tax credit agreement with a health technology company that’s facing fraud allegations.

— ROCKFORD POLICE: The city of Rockford is expanding its police force with the help of a federal grant.

SPORTS:

HKN--OILERS-BLACKHAWKS

CHICAGO — Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers take on Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks for the second time in eight days. Chicago beat Edmonton 4-3 in overtime on Dec. 29. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 2 p.m.

Also:

BEARS-COACHING SEARCH —The Chicago Bears were interviewing Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy for their head coaching job.

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