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

September 22, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Prosecutors are set to dismiss convictions against 18 more people that resulted from investigations by a corrupt Chicago police sergeant and his crew of tactical officers. The exonerations will take place Monday and will bring to 42 the total number of overturned convictions linked to then-Sgt. Ronald Watts since 2016, the Chicago Tribune reported. The latest reversals all involve drug cases brought between 2003 and 2008, court records show. The defendants received sentences ranging from probation to four years in prison, so any that were locked up were released long ago. SENT: 350 words.



URBANA, Ill. — The University of Illinois plans to conduct a survey to study the drop in African-American student enrollment. The university had 475 black students enrolled this fall, down from about 500 students last year and almost 550 in 2016, The News-Gazette reported. Finances, offers from other universities and the shrinking pool of Illinois high school students likely contributed to the drop in African-American students, university Admissions Director Andrew Borst said. SENT: 300 words.


MUNSTER, Ind. — A newspaper review has found that three northwestern Indiana counties have a higher percentage of fatal drunken-driving crashes than the rest of the state and the U.S. because of the region’s heavy traffic, weather and other factors. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reviewed federal road fatality data and found that between 2010 and 2014, drunken driving was linked to about 35 percent of the deadly crashes in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties. SENT: 300 words.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — What started out as an idea to offer free back-to-school haircuts morphed into a community party along Clear Lake Avenue in Springfield recently that included games, school supplies and free backpacks for nearly 300 kids. One of the organizers was police Officer Lamar Moore, 26, who collected donations from other officers and emergency dispatchers. Moore, along with the two barbers who had the original free haircut idea, Dwy Rice, 37, and Seth Gregory, 33, said the event was such a success they want to organize future events so they can give back to the community. One idea they are working on is a Christmas toy drive. By John Reynolds. The State Journal-Register. SENT: 900 words, photos. Moved in advance.


CLINTON, Ill. — Every one of the about 5,500 days that have passed since three young siblings drowned in Clinton Lake have been difficult but small things can bring the pain to its highest level again, according to relatives of the children who gathered for a memorial service. It was Labor Day weekend — Sept. 2, 2003 — when Amanda Hamm and her former boyfriend, Maurice LaGrone, took her three children, Christopher Hamm, Austin Brown and Kyleigh Hamm, to the lake. LaGrone parked on a boat ramp with the car’s front bumper inches from the water. By Edith Brady-Lunny. The Pantagraph. SENT: 500 words, photos. Moved in advance.


— SCHOOL THREAT HOAX: Police say a woman called in a false threat of a gunman that prompted dozens of officers to search for the suspect and place several schools on lockdowns. Belvidere police say 20-year-old Sabrina L. Andrews of Belvidere has been arrested on felony charges that include making a false police report.

— STUDENTS DRIVING BUS-CHARGES: A northwestern Indiana school bus driver has been arrested on allegations that she let children as young as 11 years old drive the bus.



CHICAGO — Cubs LHP Jon Lester (16-6) takes the mound against White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito (10-11) on Saturday. Lester is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in his last five starts. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:10 p.m.


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Now the 2018 Chicago Bears will find out how they handle success. After a close loss to Green Bay, the Bears got a nice win over Seattle. Now they face an Arizona team that’s been outscored 58-6 in the Cardinals’ first 0-2 start since 2005. It’s a game Chicago is supposed to win, maybe even dominate. By Bob Baum. SENT: 750 words, photos. Moved in advance.


CHICAGO — Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic lost as doubles partners. Now they’ll return to their specialty — singles — Saturday in the Laver Cup, hoping to expand Team Europe’s first day lead. UPCOMING: 400 words.


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