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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 1:30 pm, IL

August 22, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 1:30 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. Tom Davies is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORY:

DEMOCRATS-SUPERDELEGATES

CHICAGO — Democrats are bullish about their prospects in the November midterms, and are peeking around the corner at a 2020 rematch with President Donald Trump. But first, they’re confronting the lingering frustration from 2016. That bitter nominating fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is front and center in Chicago this week as members of the Democratic National Committee gather for their summer meeting. They’ll decide the fate of so-called superdelegates — DNC members, elected officials and other party dignitaries. Two years after such delegates overwhelmingly backed Clinton, Sanders supporters argue that this group is the epitome of establishment favoritism. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 800 words, photos.

CHICAGO VIOLENCE-PENDLETON

CHICAGO — Prosecutors and defense lawyers were making closing arguments Wednesday in the trial of one of two men charged in the 2013 death of Hadiya Pendleton — a 15-year-old honor student who became a national symbol of Chicago gun violence when she was shot just days after performing at then-President Barack Obama’s inauguration festivities. UPCOMING: 300 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

DEMOCRATS-HACKING

CHICAGO — The Democratic National Committee said Wednesday that it has thwarted a hacking attempt on its database holding information on tens of millions of voters across the country. Bob Lord, the DNC’s chief security officer, briefed the leaders of state parties on the attempt at a party gathering Wednesday morning in Chicago. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 350 words. Will be updated.

Also:

— RAUNER-MENTAL HEALTH CARE: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed five laws expanding mental health and addiction-treatment services and Medicaid coverage of them. Advocates say the Republican’s action Wednesday strengthens the attack on the opioid crisis and puts behavioral health care on par with other types of medical care. SENT: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

MISSING CHINESE SCHOLAR-GARDEN

URBANA, Ill. — A memorial garden is planned for a University of Illinois scholar from China who went missing last year. The campus memorial will be created near the spot where Yingying Zhang was last seen. Work will begin Friday. The university is funding the memorial that was suggested by Zhang’s friends and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association. It’ll feature a path leading to a bench, surrounded by greenery and white flowering plants. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

KANKAKEE RIVER-BOYS DIE

SCHNEIDER, Ind. — Authorities say the father of two boys who died after being pulled from a river in northwestern Indiana is in custody and could be charged in their deaths. Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez said Wednesday that 4-year-old Levi Patillo and 2-year-old Evan Patillo died Tuesday after witnesses pulled them unresponsive from the Kankakee River in southern Lake County near the Illinois state line. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

— ROCKFORD-TIRE CLEANUP: Officials say the removal of more than 4,600 tons of used tires this summer from a former used tire processing business in northern Illinois was the largest and most expensive such project ever in the state.

— CALUMET CITY SCHOOL MOLD: Officials are keeping a suburban Chicago school closed while crews work to cleanup mold found inside the building. Wentworth Junior High School in the southern suburb of Calumet City was kept closed for a second day on Wednesday.

— NEW SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Illinois is creating a new merit-based scholarship aimed at getting more high school graduates to attend in-state colleges and universities. The AIM HIGH grant pilot program will provide at least $50 million in financial aid.

— JUDGE-FRAUD CHARGES: A Cook County judge convicted of fraud who has been fighting an effort to remove her from the bench is now facing an effort to remove her from the November ballot. A federal jury convicted Judge Jessica O’Brien of fraudulently obtaining mortgages and illegally pocketing more than $300,000.

— MANURE SPILL-FISH KILL: Officials are investigating a northwestern Indiana manure spill that’s believed to have killed thousands of fish.

— AMERICAN-CHICAGO TO ASIA: American Airlines is cutting the number of flights from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Asia this fall. The airline explained it could no longer keep flying the money-losing routes at a time when the costs of jet fuel are so high.

— PRISONS-MENTAL HEALTH: Illinois corrections officials have announced construction will begin next spring on a 200-bed inpatient mental health and medical facility.

SPORTS:

BBO--CUBS-TIGERS

DETROIT — Jon Lester tries for his 14th win of the season when the Chicago Cubs take on Francisco Liriano and the Detroit Tigers. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:10 p.m. CT.

BBA--TWINS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO — Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox wrap up a two-game series against Eddie Rosario and the Minnesota Twins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 1:10 p.m. CT.

— With BBA--WHITE SOX-PHILLIES TRADE: The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired left-handed reliever Luis Avilan from the Chicago White Sox for minor league right-hander Felix Paulino. SENT: 110 words.

FBC--HOW TO MAKE A SCHEDULE

Ask athletic directors what they are trying to accomplish when they build a nonconference football schedule and the objectives are mostly the same: Come up with a slate of games that allows the school to meet its competitive and financial goals. What are those goals? The answers vary widely. The Associated Press spoke with five ADs — including Sean Frazier of Northern Illinois — about what goes into their scheduling. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,500 words, photo.

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