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

May 16, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — At his desk at North Lawndale College Prep High School, Gerald Smith keeps a small calendar that holds unimaginable grief. In its pages, the dean and student advocate writes the name of each student who’s lost a family member, many of them to gun violence. And then he deploys the Peace Warriors — students who have dedicated themselves to easing the violence that pervades their world. Since September, Smith has added more than 160 names to that little book, roughly half the student body at this campus on Chicago’s West Side. And that doesn’t even include those whose friends have been killed. By Martha Irvine. SENT: 1,400 words, photos, video.


DIXON, Ill. —A police officer at a northern Illinois high school was hailed as a hero Wednesday for shooting and arresting a former student who fired on him in a hallway while staff and seniors were meeting for a graduation rehearsal. The 19-year-old former Dixon High School student suffered wounds that weren’t life threatening, according to police, who didn’t release his name. The school resource officer, Mark Dallas, took the gunman into custody after shooting him. SENT: 400 words, photos.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A state audit has found that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration violated state law by awarding property leases to unqualified vendors and possibly shutting out other bidders. Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino’s report Wednesday found that the Departments of Human Services and Central Management Services sought two sites in fall 2015 for data storage and for a telecommunications center. They awarded leases to two companies but in summer 2016, switched which sites would serve which purpose. Mautino says that violates state procurement law. By John O’Connor. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois House committee has set up a historic floor vote to become the 37th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, but the sponsor said Wednesday that he doesn’t have enough votes for approval yet. Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, said he is still working with friendly Republicans to persuade members of the GOP to vote in favor of ratifying the amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The ERA, first proposed in 1972, guarantees equal rights for all citizens regardless of sex. Ratification requires the assent of 38 states, but there’s some legal debate over whether it’s too late for additional states to join those that acted years earlier. By Sarah Zimmerman. SENT: 480 words.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois House panel is considering Wednesday whether university research assistants have the right to unionize, an issue that has touched a nerve with some Republicans who think graduate students shouldn’t be collectively bargaining in the first place. SENT: 110 Words. UPCOMING: 400 words. Developing from 3 p.m. hearing.


— LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE-ILLINOIS: Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state will spend about $3 million to help build a new water source in a western Illinois community where Legionnaires’ disease has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents of a state veteran’s home.

— GUN LEGISLATION-ILLINOIS: The Illinois Senate has approved another plan to regulate firearms dealers after Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a similar plan in March. The Senate voted 35-18 Wednesday to require the Illinois State Police to license gun-shop owners for $1,000 for five years.

— ILLINOIS REPUBLICANS: Illinois Republican Party officials say they’ve reached an agreement to share leadership of the party, heading off a weekend fight between moderates and conservatives over who should be the next state GOP chairman. Conservatives were backing Lake County GOP Chairman Mark Shaw against Tim Schneider, the current state chairman hand-picked by Gov. Bruce Rauner. SENT: 150 words.



ELGIN, Ill. — A commission in northeastern Illinois won’t return an artist’s mural depicting part of a lynching scene until officials create guidelines for what can be done with a returned piece. The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission rejected artist David Powers’ request Monday for the return of his piece, “American Nocturne.” The city put the mural into storage after learning in 2016 that the painting was based on a crowd photographed during a 1930 lynching in Marion, Indiana. SENT: 330 words, photo.


—CHICAGO POLICE-DOUBLE FATAL SHOOTING: A judge has refused a request by the city of Chicago to separate the trial of lawsuits resulting from the 2015 fatal police shooting of a teenager and a grandmother.

— TRUMP-JUDGE SCOLDING: A U.S. district judge who scolded Donald Trump as he testified in a 2013 civil trial on the sale of condos at Chicago Trump Tower has been confirmed for a seat on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. District Court of Appeals. That scolding didn’t stop now-President Trump from nominating Amy St. Eve in February.

— ILLINOIS TOURISM: Illinois saw a record-number of visitors last year. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office says that nearly 114 million people visited the state, breaking the previous record set in 2016 by more than a million visitors.

— PULLMAN-NATIONAL MONUMENT: Some residents of Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood are expressing concerns over plans to construct loft apartments and working space for artists. Those opposed to the proposed Pullman Artspace Lofts say the building’s design clashes with the look, feel and history of a neighborhood known for uniform brick row homes.

— CHICAGO SCHOOLS-SCIENCE LABS: Chicago officials say $75 million will be spent over three years to renovate science laboratories in 82 public high schools.

— DUBUQUE NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING: A man accused of shooting into a Dubuque nightclub has pleaded guilty to a federal charge. Ricardo Sanchez, of Chicago, entered the plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.

— INDIANA JAIL-CONTRACT: A county in northwestern Indiana has ratified a jail contract that seeks to curb turnover and overtime among corrections officers. The labor contract between Lake County government and the union for corrections officers boosts the jail staff’s pay by nearly 7 percent per corrections officer.



ATLANTA — Chicago’s Tyler Chatwood is scheduled to face Atlanta’s Brandon McCarthy on Wednesday night when the Cubs and NL East-leading Braves continue their series at SunTrust Park. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 6:35 p.m. CT


PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell was in the unaccustomed role of pinch hitter when he stepped to the plate, getting a rare break from the starting lineup in a day game after a night game. He adjusted quite nicely. Bell singled to break a seventh-inning tie, and the streaking Pittsburgh Pirates beat the skidding Chicago White Sox 3-2 Wednesday. “He’s ready to go. There’s no doubt about it,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “His preparation has always been good. I just like the fight that he’s got when he gets in the box.” By John Perrotto. SENT: 685 words, photos.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Cornerback Prince Amukamara appreciated the give and take with new Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy at Tuesday’s practice. For the defense, as non-contact organized team activities began there was a lot of taking — and then they really gave it to Nagy and his fledgling offense. “He’s an offensive coach and last year coach (John) Fox, I couldn’t really talk stuff to because he’s a defensive coach,” Amukamara said. “And it’s like Nagy’s offense, so if I get a pick or something ... I like to talk stuff to him.” By Gene Chamberlain. SENT: 745 words.


— SOC--TOURNAMENT OF NATIONS: The U.S. women’s national team has announced that this summer’s Tournament of Nations will be played at stadiums in Kansas, Connecticut and Illinois. SENT: 200 words.


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