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

September 6, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 judge decided not to jail a white Chicago police officer and ordered him to pay only $200 on Thursday for giving media interviews that the judge said were a violation of a court order not to talk publicly about shooting a black teenager 16 times in 2014. Officer Jason Van Dyke swiftly paid the additional bail to remain free as jury selection is just beginning in his politically-charged first-degree murder trial in the death of Laquan McDonald. By Don Babwin. SENT: 335 words, photos.


CHICAGO — The city of Chicago has agreed in talks on far-reaching police reforms to require officers to file paperwork each time they point a gun at someone, even if they don’t fire, city lawyers told a federal judge Thursday in a lawsuit brought by Illinois’ attorney general. It resolves a last sticking point in a push for a plan to transform Chicago’s beleaguered 12,000-officer force, criticized in a damning Justice Department report last year for a history of racial bias and excessive use of force. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 300 words.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The inspector general for the Illinois General Assembly said there isn’t enough proof that a former House leader, Rep. Lou Lang, sexually harassed or intimidated a legislative activist. In a letter released late Wednesday to Lang, acting inspector Julie Porter said that the woman who made the accusation, Maryann Loncar, did not cooperate with the investigation.“I do not have sufficient evidence that such occurrences, if they even happened, constituted sexual harassment,” wrote Porter, who said she has closed the matter. SENT: 435 words, photos.


— JUDGE-FRAUD CHARGES: An Illinois judge who lost a bid to overturn her fraud conviction has dropped her attempt to seek retention in November.

— POLICE CHASE-DEADLY CRASH: Authorities say a stolen car being chased by police slammed into a fuel tanker truck in southwestern Illinois, killing the two men inside the car.

— FATAL SQUAD CAR CRASH: Police say two people were killed in a crash involving a Cook County sheriff’s squad car in Chicago’s northern suburbs.

— LOVELL-LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Astronaut Jim Lovell will be the recipient this week of a lifetime achievement award from Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. The award for Lovell is to mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission and celebrate Lovell’s legacy.

— BODY FOUND-MISSISSIPPI RIVER: Authorities have found a man’s body in the Mississippi River in the St. Louis area. The man’s body was discovered early Wednesday morning near Columbia, Illinois.

— OLIVET NAZARENE-ROME PARADE: The Olivet Nazarene University Marching Band will perform in Rome on New Year’s Day 2020.

— CHILD BEATING-SENTENCE: A central Illinois man faces up to 30 years in prison for beating his 18-month-old niece while babysitting her last summer.

— OBIT-NAPERVILLE MAYOR: A public visitation will be held this weekend for former Naperville Mayor George Pradel, who led the Chicago suburb through enormous growth during two decades in office.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio got a neat addition to his group when the Chicago Bears traded for two-time All-Pro Khalil Mack. Now, he’s trying to work in one of the NFL’s best pass rushers. The trade caps off an eventful offseason for Fangio, who re-signed with Chicago after being passed over for the head coaching job. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words.



FBN--PACKERS-PASS RUSH, from GREEN BAY, Wis.: The Green Bay Packers are debuting their own defensive changes this weekend against the Bears , even if they may not initially make as much of a splash as Chicago’s acquisition of star linebacker Khalil Mack. But the effectiveness of those new wrinkles could be just as important to the fortunes of a team looking to return to the playoffs. By Genaro C. Aramas. SENT: 645 words, photo.


The big rivalry games in the Big Ten are still a couple months away, but September nonconference meetings between teams from the same state also have a way of getting the juices of players and fans going. There are four of those on Saturday, headlined by Penn State at Pittsburgh and Iowa State at Iowa. The ones involving directional schools — Western Michigan at Michigan and Western Illinois at Illinois — aren’t to be forgotten, though. Those games create lifetime memories for the underdogs, win or lose, and the favorites must be on guard. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 820 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Kyle Hendricks and the Chicago Cubs open a four-game series against Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 6:05 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO — Clayton Keller took an eight-hour bus ride from Montreal to Boston for a hockey game at Fenway Park and won’t soon forget the experience of playing outdoors. “It was pretty cool,” Keller said. He’d love to take the game outside again in the NHL with the Arizona Coyotes but will probably have to wait a while. This season, the NHL is going back to familiar favorites for the Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium and the Stadium Series game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins at Lincoln Financial Field. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 820 words, photos.


CHICAGO — St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko hopes to be on the ice for the start of training camp next, week five months after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his left shoulder. Tarasenko says he spent most of his summer rehabbing and is close to being cleared to play. He resumed skating at informal workouts in St. Louis on Monday and reported his shooting getting back to normal. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 130 words.


— HKN--NHL-CANNABIS: Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says the NHL does not expect to change its rules on marijuana with the legalization of cannabis in Canada coming on Oct. 17.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Earnie Stewart intends to change the culture of the American national team by having the next coach and his staff work out of the U.S. Soccer Federation’s headquarters in Chicago. In his first public comments since starting the new job of men’s national team general manager on Aug. 1, Stewart said the coach will be announced by the end of the year, possibly ahead of November exhibitions against England and Italy. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 825 words, photo.


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