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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 1:30pm, IL

September 6, 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. Tom Davies is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 judge declined on Thursday to jail a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald for violating his $1.5 million bail by giving news media interviews, instead bumping it up by just $2,000. Judge Vincent Gaughan said Officer Jason Van Dyke violated court orders not to discuss the case publicly, but didn’t grant the request of prosecutors that Van Dyke’s bond be revoked and the officer jailed. Defense attorney Randy Rueckert argued that Van Dyke only gave interviews because of the avalanche of publicity against him since the release of police video of him shooting the 17-year-old McDonald in 2014. By Don Babwin. SENT: 300 words, photos. Will be updated.


CHICAGO — The city of Chicago has agreed in talks on far-reaching police reforms to require that officers file paperwork each time they point a gun at someone, even if they don’t fire. City lawyers told a federal judge Thursday they’d resolved that final sticking point in the push to finalize a reform plan. The city had earlier expressed reservations about the requirement. Chicago’s police union has said it could cause officers to hesitate to draw weapons when their lives are actually in danger. By Michael Tarm. UPCOMING: 300 words.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois legislative inspector general has found no evidence that former House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, sexually harassed or intimidated a legislative activist who worked with Lang on medical marijuana legislation. Lang resigned from his leadership post in May, less than an hour after the activist made the public accusations. UPCOMING: 400 words.


— FATAL SQUAD CAR CRASH: Police say two people were killed in a crash involving a Cook County sheriff’s squad car in Chicago’s northern suburbs.

— LOVELL-LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Astronaut Jim Lovell will be the recipient this week of a lifetime achievement award from Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. The award for Lovell is to mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission and celebrate Lovell’s legacy.

— BODY FOUND-MISSISSIPPI RIVER: Authorities have found a man’s body in the Mississippi River in the St. Louis area. The man’s body was discovered early Wednesday morning near Columbia, Illinois.

— OLIVET NAZARENE-ROME PARADE: The Olivet Nazarene University Marching Band will perform in Rome on New Year’s Day 2020.

— CHILD BEATING-SENTENCE: A central Illinois man faces up to 30 years in prison for beating his 18-month-old niece while babysitting her last summer.

— OBIT-NAPERVILLE MAYOR: A public visitation will be held this weekend for former Naperville Mayor George Pradel, who led the Chicago suburb through enormous growth during two decades in office.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio got a neat addition to his group when the Chicago Bears traded for two-time All-Pro Khalil Mack. Now, he’s trying to work in one of the NFL’s best pass rushers. The trade caps off an eventful offseason for Fangio, who re-signed with Chicago after being passed over for the head coaching job. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words.


Penn State-Pittsburgh and Iowa State-Iowa are among the in-state non-conference battles in the Big Ten this week. The ones involving directional schools — Western Michigan at Michigan and Western Illinois at Illinois — aren’t to be forgotten. Those games create lifetime memories for the underdogs, win or lose, and the favorites must be on guard. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Kyle Hendricks and the Chicago Cubs open a four-game series against Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 6:05 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO — When the Blackhawks and Bruins meet in the Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium on New Year’s Day, it’ll be the seventh outdoor game for Chicago and fourth for Boston as the NHL rotates through some of its top franchises. Eight teams have never played outdoors, a list the league is aiming to shrink for Stadium Series games over the next several years. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


CHICAGO — St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko hopes to be on the ice for the start of training camp next, week five months after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his left shoulder. Tarasenko says he spent most of his summer rehabbing and is close to being cleared to play. He resumed skating at informal workouts in St. Louis on Monday and reported his shooting getting back to normal. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 130 words.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The next U.S. soccer coach will be announced by the end of the year, possibly ahead of November exhibitions against England and Italy. The coach will have to move to Chicago, work out of the federation’s office and speak English. Former American midfielder Earnie Stewart is leading the search in his new role as men’s national team general manager. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


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