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

August 23, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO — A jury has found a second suspect guilty Thursday of first-degree murder in the killing of a 15-year-old high school honor student whose death in 2013 became a symbol of Chicago’s random gun violence. The jury concluded Micheail Ward, who was 18 at the time, was guilty of firing the fatal shot that struck Hadiya Pendleton in the back. On Wednesday, a separate jury found the man accused of driving the getaway car, Kenneth Williams, guilty of first degree murder as well. By Don Babwin. SENT: 640 words, photos.





CHICAGO — Democrats aren’t ready to embrace the I-word. As the party faithful gathered in Chicago on Wednesday for the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting, Chairman Tom Perez ticked off the growing list of legal troubles for Trump and other Republicans. An “out-of-control” situation, he said, demands that voters “put up guardrails” by returning Democrats to power. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 800 words, photos.



CHICAGO — Prosecutors are asking a federal judge in Chicago to impose an above-the-guidelines 10-year prison sentence on a former Mexican intelligence-unit commander for divulging secrets to the Beltran Leyva drug cartel for money. Ivan Reyes Arzate, who worked closely for years with U.S. agents, deserves a far stiffer punishment for the havoc he caused than the sentence of around three years recommended by U.S. sentencing guidelines, prosecutors argue in a late Wednesday filing. SENT: 350 words.


CHICAGO — A Chicago rapper’s foundation will be giving away thousands of shoes in a South Side neighborhood where a recent law enforcement sting using “bait trucks” to catch shoe thieves faced criticism. Rapper Vic Mensa’s SaveMoneySaveLife foundation will give away shoes Sunday in the Englewood neighborhood. The event comes after residents filmed police arresting a man and accused officers of trying to entrap poor residents with bait trucks. SENT: 235 words.


PEORIA, Ill. — A central Illinois museum wants to make sure that a historic mural stays in Peoria as the auction of the Marriott Pere Marquette and neighboring Courtyard by Marriott approaches next month. The Peoria Riverfront Museum filed a claim in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in July indicating ownership of the mural in the hotel lobby depicting the landing of the Marquette and Louis Joliet expedition in 1673 in what would later be Peoria. SENT: 280 words.



CINCINNATI — The nation’s largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their environmental impact. Kroger Co. will start Thursday at a chain its QFC stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at those stores next year. The company said it will be plastic-bag free at all of its nearly 2,800 stores, including those in Illinois, by 2025. SENT: 545 words, photo. Moved on national business lines.


American Airlines is dropping money-losing flights between Chicago and Shanghai, and Hawaiian Airlines will suspend its only route to China because of low demand. The airlines announced those and other route changes this week. The decisions reflect growing competition from Chinese carriers and rising fuel prices that have made once-marginal routes unprofitable. SENT: 315 words.


— SEARS-STORE CLOSINGS: Sears Holdings Corp. is closing another 13 Kmart stores and 33 Sears stores as sales shrink and losses grow. The ailing company said Thursday that liquidation sales at the 46 unprofitable stores marked for closure will start Aug. 30, and the stores will close in November.

— FOXCONN-ILLINOIS: More local officials in northeastern Illinois are raising concerns about the enforcement of environmental regulations for the planned Foxconn manufacturing plant in neighboring Wisconsin.


— FORD HEIGHTS-EX-MAYOR CHARGED: A former mayor of the Chicago suburb of Ford Heights has been arrested on felony theft and misconduct charges. The Cook County sheriff’s office says Charles Griffin is accused of siphoning more than $147,000 of public funds into two secret bank accounts when he mayor from 2009 to 2017.

— GUN CHARGES-GUILTY PLEA: A 31-year-old Chicago man has pleaded guilty to federal gun charges for illegally selling more than a dozen firearms.

— PARAMEDIC-DRUG THEFT: A former Illinois paramedic has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison for stealing morphine and fentanyl from ambulances. A jury in East St. Louis convicted 44-year-old Jason Laut of O’Fallon on nearly 40 felony counts, including wire fraud and falsifying medical records.

— DUQUOIN STATE FAIR-MOO MOO CLASSIC: The Moo Moo Classic is back to serve as the unofficial opening of the DuQuoin State Fair.

— EDGAR-CHICAGO CASINO: Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar, once an opponent of land-based casinos, now says he favors casino expansion, including one in Chicago.

— ELDERLY-BANKER FRAUD: A former suburban Chicago banker has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $328,000 from three elderly customers.

— MICHIGAN PIPELINE-LAWSUIT: Two advocacy groups say the U.S. Coast Guard doesn’t have an adequate strategy for dealing with oil spills in the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan.



CHICAGO — Cole Hamels (3-0) takes the mound for the Cubs as they start a four-game home series against Cincinnati on Thursday night. Anthony DeSclafani (6-3) is expected to start for the Reds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:05 p.m. CT.


DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers held a players’ meeting recently to talk about the importance of competing down the stretch. “From the beginning of the season, people have been counting us out. We’ve played pretty well this year, given the circumstances,” outfielder Mikie Mahtook said. “At the beginning of the season, if you said Miguel Cabrera would be out ... season-ending injury, I don’t think people would think that we’d have this season. I think people all expected us to lose a hundred games.” By Noah Trister. SENT: 730 words, photos.


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