AP-IL--Illinois News Digest 6pm, IL
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Herbert McCann is on the desk.
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CHICAGO — About 200 demonstrators forced the shutdown of Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive as they marched through one of the city’s more affluent neighborhoods Thursday to draw attention to gun violence in the city’s poorer areas. Organizers say they believe the march will draw attention to violence, corruption and the lack of economic investment in the city’s African-American neighborhoods. The protesters are also demanding the resignation of Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel for failure to stem gun violence. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 430 words, photos.
PROTEST MARCH-CHICAGO-NEWS GUIDE
CHICAGO — A planned march Thursday along Chicago’s picturesque roadway bordering Lake Michigan to one of the most historic baseball stadiums is the latest chapter in the nation’s long history of protesters targeting places where they believe their anger goes unnoticed. The strategy, made famous during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, has gained steam lately as protesters speak out on such issues as police brutality, racism, immigration, and even Confederate monuments. More than a half century after police attacked protesters as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, massive crowds are marching in such cities as St. Louis, Minneapolis and Los Angeles, blocking traffic and shutting down businesses. By Don Babwin. SENT: 700 words, photos.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
CHICAGO — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein came to Chicago to speak but he didn’t say a word about the effort to oust him from his job. Rosenstein only obliquely referred to the political firestorm surrounding special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election that Rosenstein is overseeing. During an appearance at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting on Thursday, he focused on the duty of government attorneys to “insulate investigations” and resist partisan politics. By Don Babwin. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.
CHICAGO — President Donald Trump appeared to suggest in a tweet Wednesday that his former campaign manager Paul Manafort is being treated worse by the justice system than notorious Chicago mob boss Al Capone. Even for a president whose tweets have led to countless arguments on cable television by pundits dissecting his words, this comparison is jarring. By Don Babwin. SENT: 650 words, photos. Moved late Wednesday and available for use.
POLITICAL DONOR-ALLIED WALLET
NEW YORK — Records obtained by The Associated Press show that a prominent political donor has helped pornographers, payday loan debt collectors and offshore gambling operations get past the gates of the banking system. Allied Wallet Inc. put millions of dollars behind Democrats — and then switched to Donald Trump. Last August, the Trump administration ended a Justice Department effort called Operation Choke Point that investigated banks and other financial institutions working in industries such as payday lending that carry high risks of fraud. That kind of policy change could be helpful for Allied Wallet customers like Stark Law LLC of Chicago, an aggressive debt collector that posed as a law firm and threatened tens of thousands of Americans into giving them money — often for payday loans they never even signed up for. By Jake Pearson and Jeff Horwitz. SENT: 3,080 words, photos. An abridged of 1,040 words has also been sent.
AROUND THE STATE:
STATE EMPLOYEE PAY
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Checks have been sent out to more than 900 Illinois workers to cover back pay owed since 2011. Comptroller Susana Mendoza says the checks were issued to Department of Public Health workers. Mendoza says the department is the first state agency to issue vouchers to her office enabling the money to be paid. State lawmakers included $63 million in Illinois’ current budget to take care of the back wages, which they described as the state’s oldest outstanding bill. SENT: 240 words.
OIL PIPELINE-ETP LAWSUIT
BISMARCK, N.D. — The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline is battling to avoid dismissal of a second defendant in its $1 billion federal racketeering lawsuit against three environmental groups. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners argues in court documents that Earth First should be held accountable for “eco-terrorist activities” because it’s a legal entity that can be sued. ETP sued BankTrack, Greenpeace and Earth First for up to $1 billion, alleging they worked to undermine the pipeline that has been moving oil from North Dakota to Illinois for the past year. The groups said the lawsuit was an attack on free speech. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.
— LOLLAPALOOZA-SECURITY: People attending this year’s Lollapalooza music festival in downtown Chicago are finding stricter rules and stepped-up security. The four-day event began Thursday. Chicago police say they’ve increased security partly because of the October mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival, where a gunman killed 58 people from a 32nd-floor hotel suite.
— U OF ILLINOIS RESEARCH PARK: The developer of the University of Illinois Research Park says it is selling majority ownership of its buildings there in order to raise money for expansion projects.
— STATE FAIR-BIDEN: A planned visit to Springfield, Illinois, later this month by former Vice President Joe Biden is proving to be a bigger attraction than expected. Biden’s visit on Aug. 16 is proving so popular that plans have changed to accommodate more people.
— AMTRAK-CAR CRASH: A 67-year-old northwestern Indiana man has died after he drove into the path of a Chicago-bound Amtrak passenger train.
— ROCKFORD CLOCK TOWER: A clock tower that stood as a symbol of the northern Illinois community of Rockford has been demolished. The iconic tower along Interstate 90 was torn down Wednesday.
— ARBORICULTURE SOCIETY-MOVE: The International Society of Arboriculture has announced it is moving its headquarters from Champaign, Illinois, to Atlanta. The organization that certifies arborists says it chose to move to Georgia’s capital next year in part because of its more convenient travel options.
— FRAUD-GUILTY PLEA: A former employee of a Chicago-based asset-management firm has pleaded guilty to mail fraud charges for using company funds to pay for personal expenses.
CHICAGO — Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs open a four-game series against the San Diego Padres. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:05 p.m. CT.
CHICAGO — Jose Abreu hit a tying home run off Jason Adam in the eighth and pinch-hitter Daniel Palka had a three-run homer off Jason Hammel later in the inning, leading the Chicago White Sox over the Kansas City Royals 6-4 Thursday. In a matchup of teams on track to both lose 100 or more games, the White Sox avoided getting swept in the three-game series. By Paul Ladewski. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
FBN--HALL OF FAME
CANTON, OHIO — The Chicago Bears meet the Baltimore Ravens in the Hall of Fame game. By Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. ET
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — The U.S. women’s national team plays Brazil in the final match of the Tournament of Nations at Toyota Park. UPCOMING: 450 words. Match starts 7:30 p.m. CT.
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