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. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.
LEGISLATIVE ETHICS-SEXUAL HARASSMENT
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law an overhaul in the handling of ethics complaints against Illinois legislators and staff members. The Republican said on Friday that it’s a victory for courageous women confronting “the culture of fear, abuse and retaliation that permeates too much of state government.” The law provides more independence to investigations of ethics complaints and more public information about the process. The plan sponsored by Grayslake Democratic Sen. Melinda Bush was crafted by House and Senate task forces of women. By John O’Connor. SENT: 570 words, photos.
WASHINGTON — One of the most recognizable openings in television history blares on a video screen: “I’m Oprah Winfrey, and welcome to The Oprah Winfrey Show!” The crowd goes wild. At the center of it all, a dancing young Oprah. This moment, televised more than 30 years ago, is now part of a yearlong exhibition that opened Friday at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture” chronicles the social events in the United States from Winfrey’s birth in 1954 through her childhood and her rise in media to her time as the nation’s first self-made black woman billionaire. By Beatrice Jin and Tramon Lucas. SENT: 550 words, photos.
AROUND THE STATE:
ZION LANDFILL ODOR
ZION, Ill. — Residents of a northern Chicago suburb are suing a waste collection company amid concerns about it possibly expanding its landfill. The Lake County News-Sun reports that more than 50 households in the Zion area have filed lawsuits against Advanced Disposal. The lawsuits allege that the company isn’t doing everything it can to minimize the landfill’s impact on the area. One case involving five households will go to trial June 18. Landfill general manager James Lewis says officials have taken steps to address the odor, garbage, dust and noise the site produces. He says they’re going to test out a new odor-neutralizing system. SENT: 285 words, photo.
ATF AGENT SHOT
GARY, Ind. — Two Illinois men are facing federal charges in connection with a shootout that left a federal agent critically wounded during an Indiana undercover operation. Prosecutors filed charges Friday. Investigators are still searching for 25-year-old Bernard Graham of Calumet City, who’s considered armed and dangerous SENT: 130 words.
— CHICAGO-ID CARDS: The city of Chicago is sending out staffers into various communities to get municipal ID cards into the hands of undocumented immigrants, homeless people, senior citizens and others who often find it hard to obtain a valid form of identification.
— SIU PRESIDENT DISPUTE: A meeting to discuss possibly placing Southern Illinois University’s president on administrative leave has been called off. The three officers of the university’s board of trustees were to meet Friday about the future of school President Randy Dunn amid a dispute over a failed move to shift about $5 million in state funding from SIU’s Carbondale campus to its Edwardsville campus.
— ILLINOIS DEMOCRATS-PARTY POST: Illinois Democratic Party Chairman Michael Madigan has named a committee composed entirely of women to choose the party’s next executive director. The post was vacated Wednesday when Timothy Mapes resigned amid allegations of inappropriate comments and mishandling of sexual harassment complaints in the Illinois House.
— POLICE SHOOTING-CHICAGO: A 24-year-old man who was fatally shot this week by a Chicago police officer had suffered a gunshot wound just days earlier.
— WRONG-WAY CRASH-CHICAGO: Officials say a wrong-way driver on a Chicago highway caused a crash that badly hurt several people.
— FATAL CRASH ARREST: Illinois State Police have arrested an Indiana man in connection with a crash that left a 3-year-old child dead. Authorities say the man was driving in the Chicago suburbs March 23 when he failed to stop for a car stalled in Interstate 90 traffic.
— BROTHERS-BANK FRAUD TRIAL: Two brothers from Chicago who were convicted of using stolen identities to obtain millions of dollars in fraudulent airplane loans from several banks have each been sentenced to more than a decade in prison.
— POLICE SHOOTING-QUINCY: A western Illinois prosecutor says no charges will be filed against a Quincy police officer who fatally shot a man last month. The Adams County state’s attorney says witness statements and physical evidence from the scene show the officer made a “reasonable, rational and appropriate choice to use deadly force.”
CHICAGO — Kris Bryant had three hits and scored a run while batting leadoff for the first time in his career, Ian Happ made a spectacular diving catch near the left-field corner to end the game and the surging Chicago Cubs beat the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Friday. Bryant seemed comfortable at the top of the order after manager Joe Maddon decided to put his superstar in a “different seat for the day” because he hasn’t been driving the ball with his usual force. He singled in his first three at-bats and scored in a two-run first inning, helping the Cubs win for the 10th time in 12 games. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 765 words, photos.
BBA--WHITE SOX-RED SOX
BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox open a three-game series on Friday against the Chicago White Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:10 p.m. CT
CHICAGO —Robert Whittaker (20-4) and Yoel Romero (13-2) headline a stacked UFC card that features five current and former UFC champions. Whittaker will defend his middleweight championship and put his eight-fight winning streak on the line against Romero in a scheduled five-round middleweight title rematch on Saturday night. The co-main event will feature a fight for the interim welterweight belt between Rafael dos Anjos (28-9) and Colby Covington (13-1). UPCOMING: 600 words.
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