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AP-IL--Illinois News Digest, IL

October 10, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



GENEVA, Ill. — An Illinois county board chairman has backed off his demand for a full accounting of how much the county’s state’s attorney spent serving as the special prosecutor in the murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke. Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen on Tuesday blamed what he called a lack of fortitude by other board members for not pursuing the prosecution cost from the county’s State’s Attorney Joseph McMahon. SENT: 380 words.



NEW YORK — Planned Parenthood on Wednesday launched a campaign to protect access to abortion as widely as possible even if the Supreme Court, with the addition of conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh, moves to curtail a woman’s right to undergo the procedure. Most of the states with the strongest abortion-rights policies are on the West Coast and in the Northeast. Because of that geography, the new plan underscores the importance of Illinois, and envisions an aggressive expansion of Planned Parenthood services there. By David Crary. SENT: 645 words, photo.


ALBANY, N.Y. — America’s recycling industry is in the dumps. A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and plastic containers to the landfill. Lack of markets led officials to scale back programs in many places, including Kankakee, Illinois. By Mary Esch. SENT: 800 words, photos.


WATERLOO, Iowa — Black Hawk County supervisors have approved a deal to sell the county’s nursing and mental health care center, which has struggled financially in recent years. The board voted 4-1 Tuesday to sell Country View to Pritok Capital, which is based in Skokie, Illinois, and operates nursing homes in several states. The decision to seek purchase bids came after the county was forced to subsidize Country View with $1.5 million from the general fund this year and budget for a $2 million operating deficit next year. SENT: 250 words.



CHICAGO — The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Wednesday health care providers in the state have reported nine clinically diagnosed cases of a rare condition that afflicts the nervous system, in particular the spinal cord. The condition is called called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, which attacks the nervous system and can lead to arm or leg weakness and loss of muscle reflexes. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.


WASHINGTON — The youngster’s mysterious symptoms stumped every expert his parents consulted: No diagnosis explained why he couldn’t sit up on his own, or why he’d frequently choke, or his neurologic and intestinal abnormalities. Then they turned to a new national network that aims to diagnose the rarest of rare diseases — and learned Will Kilquist is the only person known in the world, so far, to harbor one particular genetic mutation that triggered all those health problems. By Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 545 words, photo.


— FOOTBALL COACHES-GUN CHARGE: An Illinois judge is rebuffing claims that a youth football coach brandished a gun during a fight with parents, and he agreed to set lower bonds for both men arrested during the melee.

— METRA BUDGET: Metra says it won’t increase fares next year. But the suburban Chicago commuter rail agency is warning it needs more money to improve its deteriorating system, or service will have to be cut.

— ARGONNE-GEOTHERMAL GRANT: The U.S. Energy Department has named Argonne National Laboratory as one of seven recipients of federal funding to improve drilling methods for geothermal energy.

— SEXUAL ASSAULT-SENTENCING: A former pastor of a now-defunct suburban Chicago church has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a teenager.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. — It’s been a week-and-a-half since Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had the game of his life — and one for the team’s history books. After a bye, the pressure is on Trubisky to prove it wasn’t a fluke as the team prepares for a trip to Miami to face the Dolphins. UPCOMING: 650 words.


DAVIE, Fla. — The home crowd still loves Ryan Tannehill, even if lately he hasn’t given Miami Dolphins fans much to cheer about. He performed poorly in ugly losses the past two weeks, inspiring hopeful talk among his many detractors that 2018 will be the final season for the Dolphins’ Tannehill era. To quiet the critics, he’ll need a dramatic turnaround Sunday for Miami (3-2) against the Chicago Bears (3-1) and their No. 2-ranked defense. By Steven Wine. SENT: 545 words, photos.


CHICAGO — With a core of promising young players, the Chicago Bulls believe they are setting themselves up to make a jump after going 27-55 and missing the playoffs for the second time in three years. They’re banking on Lauri Markkanen building on an impressive rookie season and Zach LaVine showing he really is a cornerstone piece. It wouldn’t hurt, either, if Jabari Parker stayed healthy after signing with his hometown team in the offseason. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 700 words, photos.


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