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AP-IL--Illinois News Digest, IL

November 13, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



ROBBINS, Ill. — A police officer fatally shot an armed security guard who was wearing a hat with “security” emblazoned across the front and holding a man down following a shooting inside the suburban Chicago bar where the guard worked, an attorney for the guard’s family said Monday after filing a federal lawsuit. Jemel Roberson, 26, was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to a hospital early Sunday following the shooting at Manny’s Blue Room in Robbins, just south of Chicago. Four others were shot and wounded, including a man who police believe fired a gun before police arrived, Cook County sheriff’s spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said. By Don Babwin. SENT: 450 words, photo.



NEW YORK — Michelle Obama’s “Becoming,” already expected to sell millions of copies, now has the official backing of Oprah Winfrey. “This book is everything you wanted to know and so much you didn’t even know you wanted to know. I believe it’s going to spark within you the desire to think about your own becoming,” Winfrey, who on Monday told The Associated Press in a statement that she had selected “Becoming” for her book club. “It’s so well-written I can hear her voice; I can hear her expressions; I can feel her emotion. What she allows us to see is how she was able to discover, define and then refine her voice.” By Hillel Italie. SENT: 400 words, photos.


An Illinois man whose 1994 murder conviction was based on shoddy ballistic evidence wants his case dismissed on the eve of his retrial after allegations of police and prosecutorial misconduct surfaced. Lawyers for Patrick Pursley, 52, will argue their request for dismissal Tuesday, the day the trial had been scheduled to begin in Winnebago County Court. Pursley’s motion cites “due process violations, including failure to disclose significant exculpatory evidence.” By Ivan Moreno. SENT: 680 words, photo.


EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving ahead with plans for a 2-foot-deep removal of lead- and arsenic-contaminated soil at the site of a northwestern Indiana public housing that’s been evacuated and demolished over health concerns. The agency estimates the cleanup project at the East Chicago’s West Calumet Housing Complex will cost about $26 million. It would involve removing more than 160,000 cubic yards of soil contaminated over decades by a lead-products factory and replacing it with clean soil and seed or sod. SENT: 350 words.



CHICAGO — Move more, sit less and get kids active as young as age 3, say new federal guidelines that stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health. The advice is the first update since the government’s physical activity guidelines came out a decade ago. Since then, the list of benefits of exercise has grown, and there’s more evidence to back things that were of unknown value before, such as short, high-intense workouts and taking the stairs instead of an elevator. “Doing something is better than doing nothing, and doing more is better than doing something,” said Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, a preventive medicine expert at Northwestern University in Chicago. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 550 words, photos.



NEW YORK — Many small and independent retailers, including some in Illinois, who are holding Small Business Saturday shopping events Thanksgiving weekend are banding together with others, believing that there’s strength in numbers. Small Business Saturday, started in 2010 to encourage consumers to shop in their small local stores rather than national chains and what are called big box stores, has become an event in neighborhoods, towns, even cities as retailers recognize they can draw more customers as a cohesive group than by offering discounts and promotions on their own. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 490 words, photos.


— SWASTIKA-HIGH SCHOOL: A 14-year-old boy has been charged with sending a swastika image to the smartphones of other students during a suburban Chicago high school assembly.

— POLICE STATION CRASH: Officials say a car went out of control and crashed into a Chicago suburb’s new police station, badly injuring the driver. Arlington Heights police say crews had to free the 44-year-old driver from inside the wreckage and he was taken to a hospital in critical condition after the Sunday evening crash.

— ILLINOIS-LINCOLN-STOVEPIPE HAT: An Illinois House committee plans a hearing to consider questions surrounding the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The Tourism, Hospitality & Craft Industries Committee on Tuesday will review a $26 million collection of Lincoln artifacts the organization’s fundraising foundation purchased.

— LAKE MICHIGAN-SWIMMER SWEPT AWAY: Authorities say a body has been recovered near where a suburban Chicago woman disappeared after going swimming in treacherous waters in Lake Michigan. With AP Photo.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. — This time, the Chicago Bears were good enough to overcome a tough day for Cody Parkey. That might not be the case very soon. A day after Parkey missed two extra points and two field-goal attempts in a 34-22 victory over Detroit, coach Matt Nagy reiterated he has no plans to take a look at another kicker this week. But he acknowledged Parkey’s performance is only going to take on greater importance as the NFC North-leading Bears try to get back to the playoffs for the first time since after the 2010 season. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 680 words, photos.


CHICAGO — Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls host Luke Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks in a matchup between teams with losing records. Each won games on Saturday, with Chicago beating Cleveland and Dallas taking out Oklahoma City. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. CT.


RALEIGH, N.C. — Cam Ward, the former cornerstone goalie for Carolina, returns to Raleigh for the first time as a visitor when he brings the Chicago Blackhawks in to face the Hurricanes. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6 p.m. CT.


EVANSTON, Ill. — Vic Law and Ryan Taylor look to build on strong performances in the opener for Northwestern when the Wildcats host American. Law had 18 points in a solid all-around game and Taylor — a graduate transfer — scored 20 in a season-opening rout of New Orleans on Thursday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. CT


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