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

August 12, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA spacecraft zoomed toward the sun Sunday on an unprecedented quest to get closer to our star than anything ever sent before. “All I can say is, ‘Wow, here we go.’ We’re in for some learning over the next several years,” said Eugene Parker, the 91-year-old astrophysicist for whom the spacecraft is named. It was the first rocket launch ever witnessed by Parker, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 1,055 words, photos.



URBANA, Ill. — A University of Illinois report is recommending new efforts to support students in the first weeks of school when sexual assaults are most common, especially among freshman. The university’s second systematic survey of sexual misconduct on campus recommends targeting resources at specific groups who have a higher risk of sexual assault, including the Greek system, LGBTQ community and those with disabilities. SENT: 300 words.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Six Illinois Department of Labor inspectors spent four days inspecting carnival rides for safety before hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the Illinois State Fair this week. Safety experts say injuries on carnival rides are rare — there’s a 1 in 1.25 million chance you’ll be injured if you get on a ride — but the drama surrounding sometimes cataclysmic accidents keeps them in the headlines. By John O’Connor. SENT: 700 words, photos. Moved first for Sunday use.


ROCKFORD — An agency that’s provided air support to law enforcement across northern Illinois for almost 15 years is all but defunct and giving up its helicopters due to a lack of funding. A half dozen of the surplus military helicopters once operated by Air-One are parked outside the Stephenson County Jail in Freeport, the Rockford Register Star reported. Air-One assisted law enforcement agencies from the Chicago suburbs, Rockford, Winnebago County, Freeport and Stephenson County in cases of natural disaster, fires, search-and-rescues and manhunts. SENT: 350 words. Moved first for Sunday use.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — As a University of Illinois sophomore in 1967, Neil Fotzler often listened to his friend, an aviation student, chatter about his aerial exploits. Eventually, tired of simply hearing about flying, he asked, “Well, why don’t you take me for a ride?” So when Fotzler, a first-time flier, strapped himself into the co-pilot seat of his friend’s little aircraft on a torrid afternoon — when the air is rather bumpy for flight — he was merely seeking a novel experience. By Vishesh Anand. The News-Gazette. SENT: 850 words, photos.


GALVA, Ill. — Sherry’s Cafe is a singular, classic joint located in the downtown of this city of 2,600. The atmosphere is friendly and open. Asked about the state of Galva in the wake of the June 19 fatal shooting of a 19-year-old named Xavier Hartman, Sue’s smile faded and she offered, “Hang on a second.” Moments later Deb Massingill emerged from the kitchen to explain. “You have to understand something right off the bat,” Sherry’s cook for the last six years said. “This town is pretty divided over what happened. By Tom Loewy. The Register-Mail. SENT: 800 words, photos.


— BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY-PRESIDENT: Benedictine University officials say the president of the Illinois-based school has resigned.

— LINCOLN CABIN-DYEING WORKSHOP: Members of the public can learn how to dye materials 19th Century style at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site in Lerna, Illinois.



CHICAGO — Max Scherzer tries to become the majors’ first 16-game winner as the Washington Nationals wrap up their weekend series against the Cubs. Cole Hamels makes his third start for Chicago. The teams split the first two games, with the Nationals pounding Jon Lester in a 9-4 victory on Saturday. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8:05 p.m.


CHICAGO — Dylan Covey looks to have a strong start for the Chicago White Sox against the Cleveland Indians despite being 4-8 with a nearly 5.6 ERA. Carolos Carrasco, who is 13-6 with a 3.7 ERA will start for the Indians. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2:10 p.m.


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