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

August 17, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-EVANGELICALS

As the Roman Catholic church struggles with a new wave of clergy abuse cases, several prominent evangelical institutions have been rocked in recent weeks by their own sexual misconduct allegations against pastors and church leaders who exploited the trust they had gained from faithful churchgoers. In many ways, the phenomenon at evangelical denominations is an offshoot of the #MeToo movement, as evidenced by the #ChurchToo hashtag accompanying accounts of church-related abuse that have been shared on Twitter. The victims are coming forward to expose abuse in the Protestant evangelical world where some say the misdeeds have been just as pervasive, though less publicized, as the acts committed by Catholic clergy. Last week, sexual misconduct allegations against one of the country’s highest-profile evangelicals, Bill Hybels, led to wrenching changes at Willow Creek Community Church, the Chicago-area megachurch he founded. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

WOMEN 2018-VETERANS

WASHINGTON — A dragon winds around a cherry tree in the tattoo across MJ Hegar’s arm and back, over the shrapnel wounds she had, at one point, not wanted to see with her young children around. But nine years after being shot down in Afghanistan, then winning a lawsuit against the federal government, writing a book and now running for a Texas congressional seat, Hegar isn’t hiding much anymore. Two Democrats — Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, a retired Marine Corps captain and Bronze Star recipient, and Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who lost her legs and partial use of an arm when her helicopter was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq — have been instrumental in recruiting veterans to run for office. By Laurie Kellman and Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

ALZHEIMER’S SCRAPBOOK

CHICAGO — Anne and Bruce Hunt of Chicago have made scrapbooks for years, amassing 48 and counting. But the effort to preserve the couple’s family history has taken on greater meaning since Anne was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease just over two year ago. The Hunts are both 82. They view scrapbooks, along with note taking and photos, as part therapy and part necessity to supplement Anne’s memory as it fades. They help her remember names and significant dates. By Annie Rice. SENT: 130 words, photos, video.

CHICAGO HOUSING CHARITY

CHICAGO — A newspaper investigation has found that many low-income housing residents on Chicago’s south side are living in deteriorating buildings despite a charity’s efforts to provide housing. The Chicago Tribune’s investigation has found that the Better Housing Foundation hasn’t provided social services at its buildings and has regularly sued to evict those behind on rent. The Ohio-based nonprofit borrowed tens of millions of dollars at lower interest rates and obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars in property tax breaks to finance the projects. SENT: 335 words.

RAILCAR FACTORY CLOSING

ROCHELLE, Ill. — A railcar manufacturing plant in northern Illinois is set to close as the factory building goes up for auction. Nippon Sharyo announced it would be closing its Rochelle plant at the end of this month after a failure to deliver 130 bi-level Amtrak passenger cars for Illinois and California. The facility opened in 2012 and manufactured cars for Chicago’s Metra commuter rail. A series of layoffs were announced from 2015-17 following failed safety tests on certain train cars. SENT: 260 words.

BUSINESS:

US STEEL-GARY WORKS

GARY, Ind. — U.S. Steel plans to spend at least $750 million to upgrade a century-old steel mill along northwestern Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline. Company and government officials said Thursday that the project will help preserve Gary Works’ nearly 3,900 steelworker jobs, and could help ensure the 112-year-old mill lasts another century. SENT: 315 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CHICAGO VIOLENCE-PENDLETON: A Chicago police officer testified investigators were tailing a white auto for some time before arresting its driver, a suspect in the 2013 shooting of 15-year-old high school honor student Hadiya Pendleton.

— PHILLIPS 66-REFINERY SETTLEMENT: A southwestern Illinois oil refinery will spend nearly $11 million on pollution controls in settling a federal lawsuit accusing it of excessive dangerous chemical emissions. The lawsuit filed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleged the Wood River Refinery in Roxana made operation changes in 2009 leading to more than a dozen violations of the Clean Air Act.

— TEEN DETAINED-VIDEO: A Chicago suburb is settling a lawsuit filed by the family of a black teenager who was pinned to the ground and threatened by a white off-duty police officer. The Lansing village board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the $70,000 settlement.

— STATE FAIR-STORM TROUBLE: Heavy rain caused the cancellation of an outdoor concert at the Illinois State Fair Grandstand and some flooding at the fairgrounds.

— CHICAGO VIOLENCE: Authorities say a 15-year-old boy has died and a 14-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting following a large fight at a basketball game in Chicago. Police say a crowd gathered Thursday night at Garfield Fieldhouse in Garfield Park for a basketball tournament when a fight broke out inside.

— OFFICER KILLED-PURSUIT: A man who pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in the death of a southern Illinois police officer who crashed during a 2016 high-speed chase has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

— CHICAGO POLICE SHOOTING-DROPPED CHARGES: Prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against the brother of a man fatally shot by Chicago police during a confrontation with an off-duty firefighter.

— ATTORNEY SLAIN: The husband of a late legislator is charged with murder in the shooting death of a northwestern Indiana attorney.

— GREAT LAKES-RUNOFF: The Great Lakes Commission says it will divide nearly $900,000 among seven local organizations to help cut runoff of sediment, nutrients and other water pollutants. Runoff feeds harmful algae blooms and oxygen-starved “dead zones” where fish can’t survive.

— AQUIFER PROTECTION-RAUNER: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring owners of gas storage fields to notify local officials if a natural gas leak threatens drinking water supplies.

SPORTS:

BBN--CUBS-PIRATES

PITTSBURGH — Cole Hamels looks to stay hot when the Chicago Cubs face the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday. Hamels is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA since the Cubs acquired him at the trade deadline. Trevor Williams (10-8) starts for Pittsburgh. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 6 p.m. CT

Also:

— BBN--CUBS-MONTGOMERY, from PITTSBURGH: Left-hander Mike Montgomery has been placed on the 10-day disabled list by the Chicago Cubs, and Tyler Chatwood will return to the rotation and start Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

BBA--ROYALS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO — In a matchup between teams with the two worst records in the AL Central, the Chicago White Sox open a three-game series against the last-place Kansas City Royals. James Shields starts for Chicago and Jakob Junis pitches for Kansas City. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT.

FBC--MAC PREVIEW

DETROIT — Frank Solich is closing in on his 100th victory at Ohio. In a league where coaches come and go, he has built a consistently successful program and stuck with it for a while.

All that’s really left for the Bobcats do to is win the title. “I like our players. I like their ability, I like their confidence. I like the leadership that’s on our football team,” Solich said. “All that needs to obviously come together.” By Noah Trister. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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