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

May 15, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

CHICAGO SKYSCRAPER DECK

CHICAGO — Chicago’s third-tallest skyscraper could get a $185 million observation deck and an attraction that would dangle visitors over the building’s edge. Aon Center officials say their plans include a feature called the Sky Summit, gondola-like compartments with windows and see-through floors that would be lifted over the building’s side. SENT: 250 words, photo requested.

AROUND THE STATE:

ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate and House are back in session on Tuesday as members near the General Assembly’s May 31 scheduled adjournment. The AP is staffing and will have coverage on merits.

FAMILY PLANNING LAWSUIT

LOS ANGELES — Twenty attorneys general, including Illinois,′ voiced their support Tuesday for lawsuits challenging Trump administration rule changes they said will reduce access to family planning services. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the president is playing politics with patients by changing rules that would shift federal family planning funds toward organizations that stress abstinence. SENT: 270 words, photo.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS ENGINEERING

ROCKFORD, Ill. — Northern Illinois University and Rock Valley College are celebrating the first graduates of its partnership program. The Engineering Our Future program’s first three students graduated this past weekend. The program launched February 2016 and lets students obtain bachelor degrees in engineering at the Rock Valley College campus. The partnership works out of the campus’ newly remodeled Woodward Technology Center. SENT: 265 words.

IN BRIEF:

— WAFFLE HOUSE-SHOOTING: The family of one of the four people killed in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, is suing the suspected gunman’s father, accusing the Illinois man of negligence.

— VOLLEYBALL COACH-LAWSUIT: A prominent suburban Chicago volleyball coach wants a judge to dismiss a novel lawsuit claiming he broke consumer fraud laws by not telling young athletes he trained recently about decades-old allegations he’d sexually abused several girls in the 1980s.

— POLICE SHOOTING-QUINCY: Authorities say a western Illinois police officer fatally shot a man after responding to a call about suspicious activity. Quincy police say the shooting happened Monday night when the city officer encountered the man, who pulled out what appeared to be handgun. The officer wasn’t injured.

— WIDOWS BURGLARIZED-LAWSUIT: A suburban Chicago hospital is facing a lawsuit over an employee who obtained information about numerous widowed patients and then broke into their homes.

— OBAMA LIBRARY : A nonprofit group suing the city of Chicago says the Obama Presidential Center shouldn’t be built in a Chicago park because it won’t be a true presidential library. With AP Photo.

— INDIANA-BOY SHOT: Police used surveillance video to identify a teenage suspect in the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old northwest Indiana boy who was shot in a city park.

— OFFICER KILLED-PURSUIT: A man has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in the death of a southern Illinois police officer who crashed during a 2016 high-speed chase. Thirty-five-year-old Jason Stoker of Chester entered the plea Monday before a bench trial was scheduled to begin.

— BICENTENNIAL-SCENIC SPOTS: A historic town along the Mississippi River tops a list of Illinois’ most scenic places compiled as part of the state’s 200th birthday celebration. The Illinois Top 200 lets people vote for the state’s best things in 20 different categories, from top businesses to greatest books.

SPORTS:

BBN--CUBS-BRAVES

ATLANTA — The surging Atlanta Braves, coming off a 6-1 road trip that propelled them to the best record in the National League, take on struggling Yu Darvish and the Chicago Cubs as they return to SunTrust Park for the start of a six-game homestand. Darvish is still seeking his first win with the Cubs and hasn’t pitched since May 2 because of a bout with the flu. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins at 6:35 p.m. CT.

BBO--WHITE SOX-PIRATES

PITTSBURGH — Following an off day after the White Sox snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Cubs Sunday, Reynaldo Lopez starts Tuesday night in the first of two games in Pittsburgh. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:05 p.m. CT.

With:

—BBA--WHITE SOX-FULMER: The Chicago White Sox have pushed back Carson Fulmer’s next turn in their rotation and plan to give Hector Santiago a spot start.

BKN--DRAFT LOTTERY

CHICAGO — Phoenix and Memphis have the two best chances of winning the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, with the order of top picks set to be decided by 14 ping-pong balls. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

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