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

September 13, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — The last two jurors in the murder trial of a white Chicago police officer charged in the 2014 shooting death of black teen Laquan McDonald have been selected. The judge has now given the officer’s lawyers until Friday to decide whether they want the jury or a judge to decide the case. Under Illinois law, Jason Van Dyke’s attorneys can demand a bench trial before the 12th juror is sworn in. The 11th and 12th jurors were picked Thursday, but Judge Vincent Gaughan told Van Dyke’s attorneys they could announce their decision Friday. SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated.



CHICAGO — Chicago’s mayor and Illinois’ attorney general have unveiled an updated plan to reform the city’s police, vowing permanent changes within the 12,000-officer force. The 226-page document was submitted Thursday to a Chicago federal judge. Changes made since an initial draft in July include a provision requiring officers file paperwork whenever they point a gun at someone. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says there have been seven attempts over 100 years to reform the police. He says this one “will stand that test of time.” SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated.


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected the official conclusion that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from last year’s Hurricane Maria, arguing without evidence that the number was wrong and calling it a plot by Democrats to make him “look as bad as possible.” As Hurricane Florence approached the Carolinas, the president picked a fresh fight over his administration’s response to the Category 4 storm that smashed into the U.S. territory last September. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, an Illinois Democrat whose parents were Puerto Rican immigrants, spoke on the House floor in front of a printout of the Puerto Rican flag, saying Trump is “delusional” and incapable of “empathy or basic human decency.” By Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.



CHICAGO — The owner of the Willis Tower has unveiled a five-level expansion project designed to lure thousands of additional visitors to Chicago’s tallest building each day. The Chicago Tribune reports that Blackstone Group announced Thursday its plan for a 300,000-square-foot addition to the skyscraper’s base. The new space will be called Catalog as a nod to the 110-story building’s original namesake tenant, Sears, Roebuck & Co. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


— CHIEF ILLINIWEK: A University of Illinois report suggests that the school consider adopting a new sports mascot to help quell ongoing turmoil over the 2007 decision to do away with its longtime Chief Illiniwek portrayal.

— WATERLESS VILLAGE: Volunteers have been distributing bottled water around a southern Illinois community after a water main break left its taps dry. The leak in the Wayne County village of Sims was discovered on Monday and soon drained its water tower.

— JUDGE-FRAUD CHARGES: An Illinois judge who was convicted of fraud is stepping down from the bench. The attorney for Cook County Circuit Judge Jessica O’Brien said Wednesday that she has signed the necessary paperwork to end her judicial career.

— CHICAGO AIRPORT-STABBING: A man has been charged with aggravated battery after authorities say he stabbed another man during an argument near a parking area at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

— POLICE SHOOTING-ILLINOIS STUDENT: A former University of Illinois student who was suicidal and wanted police to shoot him has been sentenced to two years of probation. Samuel Applebaum pleaded guilty Wednesday to disorderly conduct in the Champaign County Circuit Court.

— GENITAL MUTILATION: Federal prosecutors have added three Illinois girls as victims in a criminal case against Detroit-area doctors accused of female genital mutilation.

— DRUG TRAFFICKING-SENTENCE: A California man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for taking part in a drug-trafficking ring that used Amtrak trains to ship heroin and cocaine to Chicago from Los Angeles.



WASHINGTON — Mike Montgomery starts as the Chicago Cubs return to Washington on Thursday complete their series against the Nationals that was marred by rain last weekend. The Cubs are not happy about losing a scheduled day off because it means going 30 straight days without one. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 3:05 p.m. CT.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky would have loved nothing more than to put up big numbers and show he’s ready for a breakout season in his second year. The opener at Green Bay last week didn’t go the way he wanted. But he’s not about to let one game define him. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words.



The last two Big Ten champions didn’t make college football’s playoff, in part because of early losses against tough nonconference foes. This year, Michigan State and Michigan have already dropped games, reducing their margins for error and raising again the question of whether playing tough teams out of conference is worth the risk. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

— With: FBC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK. SENT: 500 words.


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