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

July 7, 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. Sara Burnett is on the desk. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

PROTEST MARCH-CHICAGO EXPRESSWAY

CHICAGO —Thousands of anti-violence protesters marched along a Chicago interstate on Saturday, shutting down traffic in an effort to draw attention to the gun violence that’s claimed hundreds of lives in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods and pressure public officials to do more to stop it. Marchers chanted “Stop the killing” and carried signs reading “We need jobs” and other messages. Some stopped to scrawl on the road with chalk: “Enough is enough” and “Peace.” By Sara Burnett. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words.

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AROUND THE STATE:

LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE-COMMITTEE

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Allegations of conflicts of interest against a Michigan company may slow a nationwide response to outbreaks of deadly Legionnaires’ disease. Ann Arbor-based nonprofit research company NSF International has been coordinating work to develop new plumbing standards to reduce the growth of legionella bacteria, the Detroit Free Press reported. SENT: 350 words. Editors note reference to Quincy, Illinois.

YERKES OBSERVATORY-CLOSING

CHICAGO — The University of Chicago is looking for a buyer for its 121-year-old Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. The university will be taking offers for an undetermined amount of time, the Chicago Tribune reported. University officials announced in March that the observatory will close in October, saying it’s no longer cost effective to continue operations. Carl Sagan and Edwin Hubble studied at the facility and it’s also the home to a pair of Novel laureates. SENT: 325 words.

EXCHANGE-CHILDREN’S LIBRARIAN

DECATUR, Ill. — City librarian Rick Meyer is a self-described “numbers guy,” so when he came to the staff’s retirement gathering for children’s librarian Katie Gross, he came armed with a few statistics. By Valerie Wells. (Decatur) Herald & Review. SENT: 800 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-TRANSPLANT CHAIN

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Before Deborah Kunath received a fateful call from Memorial Medical Center last year, the 61-year-old Jacksonville resident worried she would die on dialysis, waiting for a life-saving kidney donation. By Dean Olsen. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register. SENT: 1,270 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— TAX EVASION: A suburban Chicago businessman has been sentenced to two years in prison for concealing income to avoid paying more than $800,000 in taxes.

— WISCONSIN WRESTLER KILLED: A Wisconsin Badgers wrestler has died in a vehicle crash in Illinois

— NURSING HOME MEDICAID-ILLINOIS BACKLOG: A state backlog in determining Medicaid eligibility for nursing home residents is forcing a central Illinois facility’s closure.

— WEST NILE-LAKE COUNTY: Tests on mosquitoes have revealed for the first time this year the presence of the West Nile virus in Lake County in Northern Illinois.

SPORTS:

BBN--Reds-Cubs

CHICAGO — Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs continue their weekend series against Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2:20 p.m. ET.

BC--BBA--White Sox-Astrosnew

HOUSTON — Houston’s Charlie Morton opposes Chicago’s James Shields when the Astros and White Sox continue a four-game series. Houston won the first two games of the series. Jeremy Rakes. Starts at 3:10 p.m. CT.

BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP

LAS VEGAS — Trae Young tries to shake off his early summer league struggles and top draft picks Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III square off as the Las Vegas NBA summer league continues Saturday. Games Saturday include: Trail Blazers-Jazz, Heat-Pelicans, Thunder-Nets, Pistons-Grizzlies, Celtics-Nuggets, Spurs-Pacers, Knicks-Hawks, Suns-Kings, Bulls-Cavaliers, 76ers-Lakers. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos. Games start at 3 EST

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