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

August 21, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 federal judge in two high-profile criminal cases in Illinois has been removed from all his cases after revelations he exchanged emails with a paralegal at the U.S. attorney’s office commenting on a trial he was overseeing at the time. Colin Bruce had been presiding over the corruption case of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock and the case involving the slaying Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang. The chief judge at U.S. District Court for central Illinois confirmed through a spokeswoman Tuesday he had “temporarily reassigned” all Bruce’s cases in which federal prosecutors are participating. He didn’t say why. But the action comes days after a defendant in a 2016 trial filed court papers with emails sent by Bruce to the paralegal at the U.S. attorney’s office. By Michael Tarm. UPCOMING: 450 words.



URBANA, Ill. — Lawmakers are summoning University of Illinois officials to Springfield to discuss a new public-private innovation center near downtown Chicago. University President Tim Killeen and other university officials have been asked to attend a Senate Higher Education Committee hearing about the Discovery Partners Institute on Aug. 28. The hearing comes after Killeen was urged in June by Republican state Sen. Chapin Rose of Mahomet to inform the community about the project. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


CHICAGO — Prosecutors started on Tuesday showing jurors the video-recorded confession by the accused gunman in the 2013 death of a Chicago student who was shot just days after she performed with her high school band at President Barack Obama’s inaugural festivities. Micheail Ward’s lawyers maintain police coerced him into confessing in the attack that killed 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.


After more than a century behind bars, the beasts on boxes of animal crackers are roaming free. Mondelez International, the parent company of Nabisco, has redesigned the packaging of its Barnum’s Animals crackers after relenting to pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Mondelez is based in Illinois, which passed a statewide ban on circuses with elephants that went into effect in January. By Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 450 words, photos. Moving in national services.


HODGENVILLE, Ky. — Years ago, I’d heard that people making the pilgrimage to the tiny log cabin on the farm where Abraham Lincoln was born sometimes burst into tears when they glimpsed it. That alone made it seem worth a trip to Sinking Spring Farm in the remote town of Hodgenville, Kentucky. And so my wife, Lucy, and I set out for a visit. As it turned out, the reality was a little different from what we expected. By Christopher Sullivan. SENT: 850 words, photos.



ATLANTA — With Amazon.com expected to soon name its site for a second headquarters, Atlanta’s mayor said a colossal development planned for downtown represents a once-in-a-lifetime shot to transform the city. Amazon launched a high-stakes municipal beauty pageant in January by narrowing its list of potential locations to 20 finalists, including Atlanta and Chicago. The company has said it expects to declare the winner of the headquarters and its roughly 50,000 jobs by year’s end. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 550 words, photos.


— SISTER JEAN-99TH BIRTHDAY: Sister Jean is celebrating her 99th birthday months after gaining national attention as chaplain of the Loyola-Chicago basketball team that reached the NCAA Final Four. The university held a campus party with students and school staffers Tuesday for Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt. With AP Photo.

— CHICAGO-SLEEPING OFFICERS: Chicago police say disciplinary action is being taken against two officers after photographs of them sleeping inside a police vehicle spread on social media.

— BARBECUE INJURY: A Michigan man who says he swallowed a stray bristle from a grill brush after barbecuing chicken has failed to persuade an appeals court to revive his lawsuit. Robert Kaminski sued the maker of the grill brush, accusing Arcola, Illinois-based The Libman Company of negligence.

— DRAKE-HOSPITALIZED GIRL: A suburban Chicago girl awaiting a heart transplant has danced her way into a meeting with Drake.

— CTA TRACKS-MAN DIES: Chicago police say a man died overnight when he fell onto Chicago Transit Authority tracks at the city’s north side Fullerton stop. Police say the man fell off the CTA platform onto the tracks about 1:35 a.m. Tuesday.

— COUNTY BOARD CHAIRMAN-ADDICTION: The GOP has picked a replacement for the Lake County, Illinois, board chairman who ended his campaign for re-election and took a leave of absence for treatment of his drug addiction.

— SYNTHETIC DRUGS-SENTENCING: A federal judge has sentenced a central Illinois man to five years in prison for possession with intent to distribute synthetic cannabinoids, known as Spice and K2.

— CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD: A prosecutor says several Chicago police officers will be granted immunity from prosecution to compel them to testify at the murder trial of a former colleague accused of fatally shooting a black teenager.

— CHICAGO-RECREATION CENTER: Construction has started on a recreation facility on Chicago’s West Side. The facility will be 100,000 square feet and include an indoor track, artificial turf field, basketball courts and community rooms.



DETROIT — The contending Chicago Cubs open a series with the rebuilding Detroit Tigers. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:10 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO — Eddie Rosario and the Minnesota Twins open a two-game series against Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox. The teams played a makeup game at Minnesota on Monday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT.


— TEN--LAVER CUP: Roger Federer and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic will headline the team from Europe next month in the Laver Cup. The rosters for the exhibition matches in Chicago were announced Tuesday. A six-player team from Europe will face a team of players from the rest of the world on Sept. 21-23. SENT: 150 words.


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