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

September 30, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois political campaigns are traditionally rough-and-tumble, transitory affairs dominated by a good-ol’-boy environment that breeds sexual harassment, intimidation, and bullying, a report on women in politics issued last week found.The Illinois Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel’s review of barriers women face to success in politics and governing, convened after the #MeToo anti-harassment movement swept through the Illinois Statehouse, offered expansive advice for ending what it found is a longstanding culture that marginalizes women, their aspirations and ability to contribute, and worse. By John O’Connor. SENT: 800 words.



CARLYLE, Ill. — The sign outside Carlyle High School’s football field proudly proclaims the facility as “The Home of the Indians.” For the past several months — and hopefully the next several years — the Indians will share the field with families of osprey. A family of osprey built a nest atop one of the light poles at the stadium last spring. The nest had to be moved before this season’s home football opener. By Les Winkeler. The Southern Illinoisan. SENT: 850 words, photos.


CARBONDALE, Ill. — In an effort to put brand new books in the hands of her third grade students, Brooke Crombar asked her friends on Facebook to sponsor her kids — and, she got enough money to buy a new book each month for each person in her class. The Thomas School teacher said she got the idea from another teacher friend. Crombar posted on social media asking her followers to sponsor one child (she was asking for a class of 20 total) to receive one book per month, at $9 each. Her request was filled in two hours. By Isaac Smith. The Southern Illinoisan. SENT: 600 words, photos.



CHICAGO — The Illinois Tollway may add infrastructure to charge electric vehicles along I-294. The proposed addition is part of a $4 billion project to rebuild and widen a 22-mile portion of I-294, the Chicago Tribune reported. The highway stretches from near the Wisconsin state line through Chicago’s western suburbs to near the Indiana state line. Additions could include conventional charging stations, “super-charger” stations that work more quickly and “smart-powered lanes” that charge electric vehicles as they drive along the road. SENT: 300 words.


CHICAGO — Answering the question of what white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was thinking when he shot black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times will be crucial for jurors once they start deliberating on a verdict at his murder trial. And there’s only one person who knows for sure what the officer was thinking: the officer himself. As the trial enters its third week on Monday, a decision about whether Officer Jason Van Dyke will testify looms. The presiding judge could ask the 40-year-old Van Dyke in the coming week for a definitive answer. By Legal Affairs Writer Michael Tarm. SENT: 825 words, photos. First moved Friday.


— ALORTON MAYOR-MISCONDUCT CHARGES: The mayor of a southern Illinois city has been charged with official misconduct for operating a police vehicle with its lights flashing.

— POLICE PARTY-INVESTIGATION: Des Plaines spent nearly $60,000 to get to the bottom of what happened at a drunken golf outing and party that some members of the Chicago suburb’s police department attended last year.

— SYNTHETIC POT-RESENTENCING: An appeals court in Chicago has ordered that two people convicted of selling synthetic marijuana be resentenced after finding errors by their sentencing judge.



CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs send Mike Montgomery to the mound for their critical season finale against Jack Flaherty and the St. Louis Cardinals. Chicago begins the day tied with Milwaukee for the NL Central lead. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 2:20 p.m.


CHICAGO — Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a matchup between unlikely division leaders. The Bears are alone atop the NFC North for the first time since 2013, while the Buccaneers are tied with Carolina and New Orleans in the NFC South. Tampa Bay started quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick over Jameis Winston, who rejoined the team following a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.


MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins send Zack Littell to the mound in the second-to-last game of the season, with Dylan Covey pitching for the White Sox. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:10 p.m. CT.


In a copycat league, the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup run showed no team’s championship window is ever really closed and only perpetuated the notion that just getting in the playoffs is enough. The Penguins are motivated to get back on top, the Lightning should be right in the middle of their peak contending years and the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings have the high-end talent to crank theirs wide open again. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 980 words, photos.


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