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AP-IL--Illinois News Digest 6pm, IL

July 31, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 6 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. Herbert McCann 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



ATLANTA — A man who promoted an international criminal online marketplace and assisted people using it for illicit transactions was sentenced Tuesday in Atlanta to serve nearly four years in federal prison. Ronald L. Wheeler III of Streamwood, Illinois, worked for about two years as a public relations specialist for AlphaBay, which authorities have said was the world’s leading “darknet” marketplace when an international law enforcement effort shut it down in July 2017. Wheeler pleaded guilty in March to a charge of conspiracy to commit access device fraud. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 635 words.



WASHINGTON — Top federal immigration officials went before Congress Tuesday to defend their handling of President Donald Trump’s now-abandoned policy of separating migrant children from their families, saying they keep records of children in their custody. No. 2 Senate Democrat Richard Durbin of Illinois said he wanted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to resign, saying the policy shows “the extremes this administration will go to to punish families fleeing” horrible conditions, adding, “Someone in this administration has to accept responsibility.” By Alan Fram. SENT: 700 words, photos. Moving in national services.



CHICAGO — A man, who was wearing a plastic bucket on his head when a large metal pin fell from Wrigley Field’s centerfield scoreboard during a Chicago Cubs game, says he feels lucky to be alive. Twenty-year-old Kyle McAleer was sitting with his family and friends under the manual scoreboard when he was hit by a 6- to 8-inch pin during last week’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. SENT: 250 words.


PONTIAC, Ill. — Officials of an Illinois retirement home that received a surprise $2.4 million donation say the funds will be used enhance the home’s facilities, programs and services. The faith-based, nonprofit Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac received the donation from the estate of E. Ruth Harris, who passed away last year at the age of 103. The gift was presented to the Evenglow’s board of trustees in June. SENT: 245 words.


INDIANAPOLIS — Fifty-three members of an Indiana family who lost nine relatives when a duck boat sank in Missouri described their pain and unfathomable loss Tuesday while calling for a ban on the amphibious tourist boats that their attorney likened to “coffins and death traps.” Each member of the extended Coleman family, including in-laws, introduced themselves and described who they had lost during a tear-filled news conference hours after their attorneys filed a second federal lawsuit against the owners and operators of the duck boat that capsized and sank during a storm July 19. By Rick Callahan. SENT: 705 words, photos.


SALEM, Ore. — An Oregon state employee and a labor union have reached a settlement over her lawsuit seeking payback of obligatory union fees, marking the first refund of forced fees since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in late June that government workers can’t be required to contribute to labor groups, the employee’s lawyers said Monday. The Supreme Court ruling on June 27 involved Illinois state government worker Mark Janus, who argued that everything unions do, including bargaining with the state, is political and employees should not be forced to pay for it. By Andrew Selsky. SENT: 650 words, photos. Moving in national services.


— RAUNER-PAYROLL OFF-SHORING: Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring his and future administrations to pay employees from the budgets of the agencies they’re working for.

— CHICAGO-POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD: The judge overseeing the case of a Chicago police officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald will be the one ruling on whether the trial should be moved.

— FLIGHT-CABIN PRESSURE LOSS: An official says an American Eagle flight from Peoria, Illinois, bound for North Carolina landed safely after a sudden loss of cabin pressure.

— OTTAWA GAS LEAK: Several businesses, including a motel, in a northern Illinois community were evacuated after construction workers damaged a high-pressure natural gas line.

— LOTTERY-POLICE FUNDS: A new Illinois lottery game will generate money to help the families of police officers killed or severely hurt in the line of duty.

— EARNS-ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND: Archer Daniels Midland Co. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $566 million. The Chicago-based company said it had net income of $1 per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to $1.02 per share.

— BANK ROBBERIES-SENTENCING: A federal judge has handed a 38-year-old man a 19-year prison sentence for two bank robberies in southern Illinois.



PITTSBURGH — The NL-Central leading Chicago Cubs begin a brief two-game set with the surging Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday. Jon Lester (12-3, 3.06 ERA) starts for Chicago against Jameson Taillon (7-8, 3.73). By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 6:05 p.m. CT



WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals have traded reliever Brandon Kintzler to the Chicago Cubs, exactly a year after the right-hander moved in another deadline deal. The NL Central-leading Cubs sent minor league pitcher Jhon Romero in the trade announced less than an hour before Tuesday’s non-waiver deadline. Kintzler, who turns 34 on Wednesday, is 1-2 with two saves and a 3.59 ERA in 45 games this season. SENT: 315 words.


CHICAGO — The Kansas City Royals visit the Chicago White Sox for the opener of a three-game series between the worst teams in the AL Central. Danny Duffy pitches for last-place Kansas City, and James Shields gets the ball for Chicago. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT.


NEW YORK — With the WNBA All-Star break in the rearview mirror teams are ready for the sprint to the of the regular season. All 12 teams will play eight or nine games over the next few weeks setting the stage for what should be of the most exciting final few weeks of the regular season in league history. There are only four losses separating second place Atlanta and ninth-place Las Vegas. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 650 words, photos.


— HKN--BLACKHAWKS-FORSLING: Blackhawks defenseman Gustav Forsling will miss the start of the season because of a right wrist injury.

— BKN--BULLS-ARCIDIACONO: The Chicago Bulls have re-signed guard Ryan Arcidiacono, giving the former Villanova standout a chance to earn a roster spot during training camp.


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