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

November 14, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO — Witnesses told investigators that a white suburban Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black security guard outside the bar where the guard worked had repeatedly asked him to drop a gun, Illinois State Police revealed without addressing reports that bar patrons had shouted at the officer that the man was a security guard. The news release sent late Tuesday night marks the first time that Illinois State Police have addressed in detail what happened early Sunday when officers were dispatched to the bar in response to a shots-fired call. It comes as questions have swirled about whether the shooting was justified and whether race played a role. By Don Babwin. SENT: 450 words, photos.



CHICAGO — The U.S. attorney in Chicago, as his predecessor did, has declared that prosecuting cases tied to city gun violence is a top priority and that his office has new resources to pursue them. The President Donald Trump-appointee, John Lausch, told reporters during a sit-down interview that more Chicago federal prosecutors are dedicated to violent crime than ever before. His office says preliminary data also indicates for fiscal year 2018 that it is on track for a 13-year record in number of gun cases brought — 197. By Michael Tarm. UPCOMING: 300 words.


NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — A 13-year-old boy has shown no remorse for shooting his teacher and a classmate at his Indianapolis-area school, and he will remain the responsibility of the state juvenile detention system until he is 18, an Indiana judge ruled Wednesday. Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge Paul Felix rejected a request from the boy’s attorneys that he be sent to a private treatment facility for shooting seventh-grade science teacher Jason Seaman, a former Southern Illinois University football player, and 13-year-old Ella Whistler during the May 25 attack at Noblesville West Middle School. By Rick Callahan. SENT: 500 words, photos. Will be updated.


— CHICAGO MAYOR-MENDOZA: Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza says she’s running for Chicago mayor. The Democrat announced her bid Wednesday, about one week after she won re-election as the state’s top fiscal officer.

— POLICE OFFICER SHOT-CARBONDALE: A Kansas man has pleaded guilty to several charges in connection with a shooting that wounded a southern Illinois police officer during a July 2016 chase.

— ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS-COLISEUM: A contest to name the historic Illinois State Fairgrounds Coliseum is underway. The Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation announced the contest that runs through Dec. 14.

— ILLINOIS RIVER DAM PROJECTS: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning several repairs projects for Illinois River dams that could interrupt barge traffic for much of summer 2020. The six projects announced by the Corps of Engineers extend from the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet to the LaGrange Lock and Dam near Versailles.

— MISSOURI BANK ROBBERY: An Illinois man has pleaded guilty to robbing five Illinois banks as part of a plea deal in which he won’t be charged for a sixth robbery in Missouri.

— UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS-FRAUD SCHEME: Six suburban Chicago residents are accused of taking part in a scheme to obtain Illinois unemployment benefits using the personal information of a health care firm’s patients.

— CHILD CONFINED-FITNESS TRIAL: A suburban Chicago man who, which his wife, is accused of confining their 10-year-old daughter to their basement has been found unfit for trial.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears are sailing along at a pace not seen by a Chicago offense in decades. But there have been inconsistencies. It would help if the gap in their efforts was ironed out if they’re going to beat Minnesota this week in an NFC North showdown. UPCOMING: 600 words.


CHICAGO — Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks try to stop an eight-game slide when they host Vladimir Tarasenko and the St. Louis Blues. St. Louis is coming off a 3-2 loss to Minnesota. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, Game starts 7 p.m. CT.


BOSTON — The Chicago Bulls visit the struggling Boston Celtics, who were among the pre-season Eastern Conference favorites but have fallen to 7-6 with two consecutive losses. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:30 p.m. CT


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