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

August 1, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A first-term Republican state representative and member of an Illinois House anti-sexual harassment task force resigned Wednesday after an ex-girlfriend claimed that he posted nude photos of her on a fake social media account under her name. Rep. Nick Sauer of Lake Barrington tendered a letter of resignation Wednesday afternoon to the House clerk’s office. The 35-year-old Sauer, elected in 2016 after serving more than a year on the Illinois Toll Highway Authority board as an appointee of Gov. Bruce Rauner, did not return phone, email or text messages seeking comment Wednesday. By John O’Connor. 680 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

MEXICO-AIRLINER ACCIDENT

DURANGO, Mexico — A U.S. passenger aboard a flight that crashed on takeoff in northern Mexico said Wednesday that a strong burst of wind and hail hit the Aeromexico jetliner, apparently knocking it back to ground, where there were only moments to evacuate before it burned. Alberto Herrera, a 35-year-old webpage engineer from Chicago, described the terrifying moments when the plane briefly became airborne before smacking belly-down onto a field beyond the edge of the runway. An Illinois priest was on the plane. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago said the Rev. Esequiel Sanchez suffered some injuries, but was alert and resting. By Christopher Sherman. SENT: 400 words, photos, video. Moving in national services.

ILLINOIS VILLAGE-BAHAMAS BOWL

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. — A first-term Republican state representative and member of an Illinois House anti-sexual harassment task force resigned Wednesday after an ex-girlfriend claimed that he posted nude photos of her on a fake social media account under her name. Rep. Nick Sauer of Lake Barrington tendered a letter of resignation Wednesday afternoon to the House clerk’s office. The 35-year-old Sauer, elected in 2016 after serving more than a year on the Illinois Toll Highway Authority board as an appointee of Gov. Bruce Rauner, did not return phone, email or text messages seeking comment Wednesday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 260 words.

HAWAII VOLCANO-BOAT INJURIES

HONOLULU — Jessica Tilton wanted to see lava flowing into the ocean off Hawaii’s Big Island but thought her sightseeing boat got too close to the explosive phenomenon. “It was too close for comfort,” the 20-year-old from Washington, Illinois, told reporters Tuesday from her Honolulu hospital bed. By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher. SENT: 500 words, photos. Moved late Tuesday and available for use.

BUSINESS:

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-PAID SICK LEAVE

NEW YORK — Rod Holmes opted for simplicity when Chicago’s paid sick leave law took effect. He wanted to avoid the headache of calculating how much sick time staffers at his digital marketing company earned for the time they worked, and there was the question of what do about his employees in Cincinnati. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 800 words, photos.

ALOHA POKE

HONOLULU — A Chicago-based chain that trademarked “Aloha Poke” has faced backlash with calls for boycott after sending cease-and-desist letters to businesses with similar names, including the Aloha Poke Shop in Honolulu. The letters sent on behalf of Aloha Poke Co. demanded restaurants to stop using “Aloha” and “Aloha Poke,” citing the similarities and the likelihood of confusion. SENT: 300 words.

Also:

— ACCO BRANDS-EXPANSION: An Illinois-based office supply company will shift paperclip manufacturing from Wisconsin to Mississippi, investing nearly $1 million and adding 29 jobs.

IN BRIEF:

— MEL REYNOLDS: Former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds has reported to a federal correctional center to begin serving the remaining four months of his sentence for failing to file tax returns.

— MEDICAL CANNABIS-SCHOOLS: Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring public schools to allow parents to administer medical marijuana at school to eligible children.

— OBAMA ENDORSEMENTS: Former President Barack Obama is endorsing Democrat J.B. Pritzker for Illinois governor. He’s also backing Kwame Raoul for attorney general and three Illinois Democrats looking to unseat GOP congressmen. Obama announced his first midterm endorsements Wednesday and said he expects to campaign for several of them this fall.

— BLOOMINGTON ARENA-INDICTMENTS: The former manager of Bloomington’s city-owned arena faces a new theft indictment charging that he illegally transferred city money to a group that used to own the Bloomington Thunder hockey team.

— RAUNER-ALLERGY LAW: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law protecting health professionals who provide police officers with life-saving epinephrine auto injections.

— ROUTE 66-CENTENNIAL: Illinois wants to celebrate a century of people getting their kicks on Route 66.

SPORTS:

FBN--HOF-BRIAN URLACHER

The bar was set high for Brian Urlacher when he joined the Chicago Bears as a first-round middle linebacker back in 2000. Few teams are as closely identified with one position as the Bears are at middle linebacker with players like Bill George, Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary personifying the Monsters of the Midway on the way to Hall of Fame careers. Urlacher lived up to that lofty standard and will join that talented trio in Canton when he is inducted into the hall on Saturday. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 850 words, photos.

FBN--HALL OF FAME GAME

CANTON, Ohio — Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, two of the NFL’s greatest linebackers, enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame this week. When their teams meet in Thursday night’s preseason opener, the game could very well honor them by being a defensive battle. On one hand, the Chicago Bears are installing a new offense under first-year coach Matt Nagy. On the other side, few if any of the Baltimore Ravens’ starters at the offensive skill positions are likely to get much action. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BBN--CUBS-PIRATES

PITTSBURGH — Cole Hamels will make his first start for the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday when they face the Pirates. Hamels went 5-9 for Texas before the Cubs acquired him last week. Nick Kingham (5-5, 4.80 ERA) starts for Pittsburgh. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 6:05 p.m. CT

BBA--ROYALS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO — Jakob Junis and the Kansas City Royals take on Dylan Covey and the Chicago White Sox in the second game of a three-game set between the AL Central’s worst teams. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT

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