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

October 8, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

FOX RIVER-WATER TRAIL

AURORA, Ill. — Local leaders and nonprofit groups are looking into turning the Fox River in Illinois and Wisconsin into a federally designated water trail. Kane County in Illinois is working with the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership and other organizations in pursuing the National Park Service designation. The groups obtained a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to draft maps about the water trail development. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

LINCOLN -STOVEPIPE HAT-MUSEUM DIRECTOR

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Friction over attempts to verify an iconic stovepipe hat’s connection to Abraham Lincoln has prompted the director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to sever financial ties to the organization’s fundraising arm at a critical juncture for the nonprofit foundation, which is struggling to pay back millions of dollars borrowed to buy the hat and other artifacts related to the 16th president. Alan Lowe told The Associated Press that he dissolved his $25,000-a-year consulting deal with the Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, offered two years ago as an inducement to lure him to Springfield. By John O’Connor. SENT: 750 words, photos. Moved Sunday and available for use.

IN BRIEF:

— SIU PRESIDENT DISPUTE: Documents show that the former Southern Illinois University president might have hindered student recruitment efforts for its Carbondale campus by not approving a mailing list purchase.

— WWII MARINE IDENTIFIED: Relatives of a Chicago-area Marine killed during World War II are welcoming his body back after 75 years being buried in Hawaii as an unknown serviceman.

— MILITARY FAMILY MOVES: An Illinois-based moving company says it found some furniture belonging to a Navy family featured in an Associated Press article about problems military personnel have during transfers.

— INTERSTATE SHOOTOUT-MEMORIAL: An Illinois overpass will be renamed in honor of three men, including two law enforcement officers, who were killed decades ago in a shootout with a Michigan man. State trooper Michael McCarter, Paxton patrolman William Caisse and Donald Vice, who was riding with McCarter, his brother-in-law, died in the April 1979 shooting south of Paxton.

— CHICAGO VIOLENCE: A 2-year-old boy has been fatally shot after someone fired into a crowd outside a party in Chicago. Police say he was on the sidewalk outside a home on Chicago’s northwest side Saturday night when shots were fired.

SPORTS:

FBN--BEARS-NAGY

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears return from an off week looking to maintain their surprising lead in the NFC North. They’ve won three in a row since a season-opening loss at Green Bay, with a trip to Miami coming up. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words.

— With FBN--BEARS MOVES: The Chicago Bears have placed backup linebacker Sam Acho on injured reserve because of a torn pectoral muscle and signed offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann. SENT: 110 words.

FBC--PURDUE-LOOKING BETTER

Purdue has gotten its season back on track with back-to-back wins. This week, the Boilermakers will try to win a third straight when they face Illinois. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

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