AP-IL--Illinois News Digest 1:30pm, IL
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EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT-ILLINOIS
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Forty years ago, the drive for the Equal Rights Amendment was pronounced dead in Illinois. But just days ago, the Prairie State became the 37th state to ratify the long-debated issue. What changed? Activists on both sides of the issue point to the outcry following the #MeToo movement. ERA supporters say the recent #MeToo anti-sexual harassment protest magnified the same arguments used in the ERA fight decades ago. Critics say #MeToo misled young women into supporting an amendment they didn’t understand. By Sarah Zimmerman. SENT: 660 words, photos.
AROUND THE STATE:
94-YEAR-OLD’S PROTEST SIGN
ELGIN, Ill. — A 94-year-old Illinois woman has downsized a large sign she placed in her front yard that calls for President Donald Trump’s impeachment because of city code. Myra Becker put the sign up outside her Elgin home in February. It measured at about 3 feet wide by 4 feet tall and said “Impeach President Trump Now!” SENT: 270 words, photos.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. — He was born just 10 years ago, but Rocky Seibel insists he’s spent every second since wanting to be a boxer. Then again, with a name like Rocky, it might have been preordained. The Swansea fifth grader is, indeed, named after the fictional Philadelphia fighter portrayed in film by Sylvester Stallone. And — wouldn’t you know it — Seibel is a southpaw, too. Rocky met his destiny with his first sanctioned fight at the Belleville-Swansea Moose Lodge 1221 on a recent Saturday night. By Todd Eschman. Belleville News-Democrat. SENT: 900 words, photos.
WAUCONDA, Ill. — A charitable and God-loving person, Wauconda’s Kevin Barnes was an active member of Life Bridge Community Church; worked with the Love Inc. charity that helps people with jobs, housing and spiritual needs; served as a board member for the Wauconda-Island Lake Food Pantry; and led a charity that builds beds for poor kids. Then he got esophageal cancer, and everything changed. That’s why the 54-year-old husband and father of two now is taking classes to become a biblical counselor and also makes time to volunteer with his newest charity: Cancer Fighters. By Burt Constable. (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald. SENT: 700 words, photos.
—ILLINOIS SCHOOL SHOOTING: An August trial date has been set for a 19-year-old man who has pleaded not guilty to charges he opened fire at a northern Illinois high school last month.
—ROCKFORD TROLLEY-PUBLIC TRANSIT: An advocate for public transit who set out to ride every street car still operating in America says he has ended his journey on Car 36 in Rockford.
—SALMONELLA OUTBREAK: A multi-state Salmonella outbreak in the Midwest has left at least six people ill in Illinois.
—JOLIET-ATTEMPTED ROBBERIES: Joliet police have arrested a Plainfield man on suspicion of attempted bank robbery and driving a stolen vehicle Friday after he allegedly attempted to rob three businesses within five minutes.
—CHICAGO SYMPHONY-SOUTH SIDE CONCERT: A concert at a South Side church with musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and cellist Yo-Yo Ma will also feature song written by parents who have lost children to gun violence.
CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs, winners of 10 of their last 12 games, will host the Pittsburgh Pirates. Addison Russell will be in the lineup after missing nearly a week with a sprained laft-hand middle finger. Right-ander Nick Kingham will start for the Pirates against John Lester. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 1:30 p.m. CT.
BBA--WHITE SOX-RED SOX
BOSTON — The Chicago White Sox take on the Boston Red Sox in the second game of a three-game series. Chicago is coming off a 1-0 victory over Boston. Carlos Rondon, who has been on the disabled list since March, will start for Chicago. David Price will start for Boston. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 3:05 p.m. CT
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