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

September 12, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

MIDTERMS-ROOKIE CANDIDATES

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — When the Democratic Party told Lauren Underwood she needed to raise $100,000 in six weeks to get her campaign for Congress off the ground, she wasn’t sure what to do. The nurse from suburban Chicago had never run for office, and her fundraising experience was mostly limited to selling Girl Scout cookies for $4 a box. “Why would I know how to do this?” recalls the 31-year-old, who missed that target but went on to defeat six men in her Democratic primary and become one of the party’s top prospects in November. “We were figuring it out, the whole way through.” By Sara Burnett. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

OBAMA-FACT CHECK

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama’s recent denunciation of President Donald Trump’s treatment of the press overlooks the aggressive steps the Justice Department took to keep information from the public during his administration. Obama also made a problematic claim that Republican “sabotage” has cost 3 million people their health insurance. Obama campaigned in Illinois and California last week, with more politicking planned. By Calvin Woodward and Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

ICC-LINCOLN TOWING

CHICAGO — Chicago’s Lincoln Towing Service, which was parodied in folk song for its aggressive way of doing business, was stripped of its operating license Wednesday by Illinois regulators. The Illinois Commerce Commission voted unanimously to revoke Lincoln Towing’s license immediately, ignoring an administrative law judge’s recommendation that the company keep its license despite hundreds of alleged violations. SENT: 295 words.

Also:

— CHICAGO MAYOR: Longtime Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez isn’t joining the potentially crowded race for Chicago mayor, but says he’ll support the candidate who forced outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a runoff election in 2015. SENT: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

CHICAGO — Attorneys sparred over race on Wednesday during jury selection in the trial of a white Chicago police officer charged in the 2014 shooting death of a black teenager. An African-American woman who works as a FedEx driver was selected in the first hour of the second day of jury selection, but only after prosecutors in a motion accused Officer Jason Van Dyke’s attorneys of illegally trying to keep minorities from sitting on the jury. By Don Babwin. SENT: 465 words, photo.

BUSINESS:

MCDONALD’S-SEX HARASSMENT STRIKE

NEW YORK — Emboldened by the #MeToo movement, McDonald’s workers have voted to stage a one-day strike next week at restaurants in 10 cities in hopes of pressuring management to take stronger steps against on-the-job sexual harassment. Organizers say it will be the first multistate strike in the U.S. specifically targeting sexual harassment. Organizers said the strike would target multiple restaurants — but not every local McDonald’s — in each of the 10 cities: Chicago; Durham, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Los Angeles; Miami; Milwaukee; New Orleans; Orlando, Florida; San Francisco and St. Louis. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 700 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— BOOKS-MICHELLE OBAMA TOUR: Michelle Obama will visit 10 cities to promote her memoir “Becoming,” a tour featuring arenas and other performing centers to accommodate crowds far too big for any bookstore. With: AP Photo.

— ILLINOIS PRIEST SUSPENDED: A central Illinois Catholic priest has been removed from ministry after church officials say he misused money from two parishes and pornography was found among his possessions.

— CHICAGO AIRPORT-STABBING: Authorities say a man stabbed another man during an argument near a parking area at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport before a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer intervened to stop the knife attack.

— UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS ENROLLMENT: The University of Illinois says it has a system-wide record number of students enrolled for the fall semester, including an eighth straight year of record enrollment at its main campus in Champaign-Urbana.

— PEORIA-HOTEL AUCTION: A bankruptcy auction of two Peoria hotels was called off after the effort attracted no bidders. As a result of Tuesday’s action, the Marriott Pere Marquette and the adjoining Courtyard by Marriott will be acquired by the union pension fund that provided the hotels’ financing.

SPORTS:

BBN--BREWERS-CUBS

CHICAGO — Kyle Hendricks and Chase Anderson pitch in the finale as the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers wrap up their three-game series on Wednesday. The NL Central-leading Cubs beat the Brewers 3-0 Tuesday behind a dominant Jose Quintana to regain a two-game lead. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:05 p.m. CT.

BBA--WHITE SOX-ROYALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Heath Fillmyer starts for the Royals and Carlos Rodon is on the mound for the White Sox on Wednesday as the down-and-out AL Central rivals conclude their three-game series. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:15 p.m. CT.

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