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

October 2, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO — A white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald testified Tuesday that he opened fire when the black teenager kept advancing toward him while waving a knife, adamantly sticking to his version events even when confronted with video that showed a different scene. In a clear but sometimes halting voice, at times fighting back tears, Officer Jason Van Dyke described arriving in his police SUV to find McDonald in a city street, carrying a small knife that the 17-year-old had previously used to puncture the tire of a squad car after officers responded to a report of someone breaking into vehicles. By Don Babwin. SENT: 660 words, photo.





SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday he will repay more than $330,000 in property tax breaks he received on a Chicago mansion after a county investigator accused him of a “scheme to defraud” taxpayers by taking toilets out to lower its value. Campaign officials for the billionaire said he will pay the county treasurer by the end of next week. He will pay nearly $133,000 for refunds obtained on a Chicago mansion for 2012, 2013 and 2014 and nearly $199,000 for additional tax savings for 2015 and 2016. SENT: 560 words, photos.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Most of the roughly 400 guns that were stolen from a United Parcel Service facility in Tennessee have been recovered in the Chicago area, federal authorities said Tuesday. Authorities seized about 365 Ruger .22-caliber and .380-caliber firearms after police officers responded to a call about suspicious activity in the southern Chicago suburb of Midlothian on Sunday afternoon — about 12 hours after the guns were taken from a UPS facility in Memphis, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent said in court documents. SENT: 320 words.


DETROIT — A U.S. House candidate was arrested Tuesday in Detroit during a protest for higher pay and the right to form unions. Democrat Rashida Tlaib and more than a dozen other demonstrators sat at — and banged on — a long table that took up a lane of traffic in Detroit’s Midtown. They were part of a group of several hundred people who marched along the street before gathering outside a McDonalds. Management inside locked the doors as marchers approached. Walkouts are planned in Milwaukee on Wednesday and Chicago on Thursday. By Corey Williams. SENT: 590 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — A man who claims he was sexually abused decades ago by his parish priest said Tuesday he is suing all Catholic bishops in California and the Archdiocese of Chicago, seeking to compel church officials to release records on clergy abuse. The filing Monday in Los Angeles by Thomas Emens claims a civil conspiracy among church officials to cover up clergy sexual assault and move offending priests to other parishes. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 355 words, photos.


CHICAGO — About a year and half ago, my dad and I began running races together. It started because I had hit a running drought. After years of running every day, my drive had waned. Running was getting boring, repetitive, so I took a break. After a while, though, I missed how good it made me feel, and I signed up for a 10K to force myself back into it. I asked my dad, an avid runner, if he wanted to join me. By Molly Sprayregen. SENT: 700 words, photos.


— CHICAGO VIOLENCE-BALLISTICS: Chicago police say the same gun was used in the shooting of a 73-year-old man walking his dog Sunday morning and a 24-year-old man whose body was found near a park.

— SAILOR’S DEATH: The Chicago Yacht Club says an investigation shows a sailor in the Race to Mackinac drowned after his auto-inflate personal floatation device malfunctioned.

— AIR FORCE COMMANDER-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: The Air Force is reprimanding a former commander at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois as part of a plea agreement over sexual misconduct accusations against him.

— CHICAGO HOTELS STRIKE: Hundreds of workers remain on strike at 10 downtown Chicago hotels, while workers have reached new contract deals at more than a dozen other hotels.

— COPPER THEFTS: Two men arrested in connection with a rash of copper wire thefts in northwestern Indiana and neighboring communities in Illinois are now facing federal charges.

— CHICAGO CRASH: Authorities say the driver of a speeding car who failed to stop for police caused a multi-vehicle crash on Chicago’s South Side, killing a 3-year-old boy from Indiana and two men. Chicago police say the driver fled the scene on foot Monday night. With AP Photos.

— ELECTION 2018-CONGRESS-OBAMA: Former President Barack Obama has endorsed Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan in her race against Republican Rep. Rodney Davis for a central Illinois congressional seat.

— KROGER-WALGREENS PILOT: The nation’s biggest grocery and drugstore chains are testing a plan to work together, trying to keep pace with Americans who increasingly shop with the click of a button or a swipe on an iPad. Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens will begin selling Kroger products in 13 stores near Cincinnati and allow customers to use its locations to pick up Kroger groceries ordered online.

— CHICAGO LIBRARY-ART SALE: Plans by the city of Chicago to restore a West Side library branch by selling a valuable piece of public art is being questioned by the leader of a business group.

— SEXUAL ASSAULT-SENTENCING: A suburban Chicago man has been given a 16-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting four children that he knew.



CHICAGO — Manager Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs insist they still have plenty left to make another deep run in the postseason. What they don’t have is room for error. The Cubs will host the Colorado Rockies in the wild-card game on Tuesday after both teams lost tiebreaker games for their division championships. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 725 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. CT.




NEW YORK — Cincinnati catcher Tucker Barnhart could hear the difference at Great American Ball Park, one of six major league stadiums that set record lows for attendance this year. Baltimore’s Camden Yards, Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field, Minnesota’s Target Field, Miami’s Marlins Park and Pittsburgh’s PNC Park also drew their smallest attendance since opening as part of a ballpark boom. In a season of unusually cold and wet weather, 17 of the 30 teams experienced drops. Major League Baseball attributed the decrease primarily “connected to the historically bad weather we faced back in the spring.” By Ronald Blum. SENT: 850 words, photos.




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