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

September 21, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-RACE

CHICAGO — The jury in the trial of a white Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald has heard very little about race. But to spectators in the courtroom, the issue of race permeates every aspect of the case — from concerns that releasing the now famous video would ignite racial tensions to worries that possible unrest if the jury acquits Jason Van Dyke. The trial is being watched closely in Chicago and around the country as another chapter in a long national story about race and law enforcement. By Don Babwin. SENT: 850 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

ILLINOIS HARVEST

PEORIA, Ill. — A U.S. Department of Agriculture report says crops are maturing more quickly in Illinois this year compared to 2017. The agency’s most recent Illinois Crop Progress and Condition report estimates that 75 percent of the corn crop was mature by Sept. 16, compared to 37 percent last year. Peoria County Farm Bureau manager Patrick Kirchofer says the recent hot and dry weather is perfect for harvesting. A naturally dried crop is more profitable because it doesn’t need to be heated at a grain elevator. SENT: 285 words.

IN BRIEF:

— IRONWORKER DEATH: An ironworker was killed while working on a construction site at Centralia Junior High School in southern Illinois.

— NOKIA-ILLINOS JOB CUTS: Officials say Nokia has laid off about 100 more employees from its suburban Chicago office, bringing the total number of job cuts at the facility over the past couple years to about 300.

— U OF ILLINOIS FUNDRAISING: The University of Illinois says it raised nearly $500 million in outside money over the past year, posting a record system-wide amount. The university announced Friday that the $498.5 million fundraising total for the 2018 fiscal year is $212 million more than it raised the year before in contributions and grants.

— CHICAGO HOTELS STRIKE: A hotel workers union says a new contract with Marriott International has been ratified, bringing partial resolution to a strike that began two weeks ago in Chicago. With AP Photos.

— SUPREME COURT-TAX EXEMPTION: The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a 2012 law that sought to clarify property tax exemptions for charitable hospitals. The court voted 7-0 as it ruled on a law that allows issuing tax exemptions to hospitals when the value of the “charity care” or “free or discounted services” they provide exceed its estimated tax liability.

— LANDFILL SCHEME: A 46-year-old Indiana man has pleaded guilty in Chicago federal court to an alleged scheme that involved his recycling firms reselling hazardous electronic waste.

— PESTICIDE VIOLATION: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a suburban Chicago company will pay a nearly $5 million administrative penalty for selling and distributing an unregistered pesticide.

— NIU PRESIDENT: Northern Illinois University’s board of trustees has chosen a woman as president for the first time since the school opened its doors in 1899.

SPORTS:

BBN---CUBS-RUSSELL

CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was placed on administrative leave Friday following fresh allegations of domestic violence by his ex-wife. Last year, Melisa Reidy posted a photo on her Instagram account with a caption suggesting her husband of about 18 months had been unfaithful to her. Late Thursday, a blog post attributed to Reidy contained more detailed allegations, including years of physical and emotional abuse. By Matt Carlson. SENT: 730 words, photos.

BBO--CUBS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO — Jose Quintana goes for his career-high 14th win, with a chance to get it against his former team, when the Chicago Cubs visit the crosstown White Sox. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 3:10 p.m. CT

TEN--LAVER CUP

CHICAGO — Britain’s Kyle Edmund regained command in a tiebreaker and beat American Jack Sock on Friday as Team Europe took a 2-0 lead in the Laver Cup. Edmund’s 6-4, 5-7, 10-6 victory followed Grigor Dimitrov’s 6-1, 6-4 win over Frances Tiafoe of Team World in the opener at the United Center. Edmund broke Sock’s service to capture the first set 6-4. Sock, who came out to warm up wearing a Chicago Bulls jersey over his shirt, fought back and broke Edmund to go up 6-5 in the second set before serving it out as the crowd came alive. SENT: 240 words. Will be updated.

FBC--T25-PENN ST-ILLINOIS

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Trace McSorley and No. 10 Penn State visit Illinois for a Friday primetime matchup. One of the most decorated quarterbacks in program history, McSorley accounted for five touchdowns in the Nittany Lions’ 63-10 rout of Kent State last week. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. CT.

FBC--NORTHERN ILLINOIS-FLORIDA STATE

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State coach Willie Taggart remains optimistic despite the rough start in his first season with the Seminoles. The Seminoles (1-2) have managed just 10 points in their losses to FBS teams, which is also the same number of sacks they have allowed. They will be without their top linemen on Saturday when they host Northern Illinois (1-2). By Bob Ferrante. SENT: 750 words, photo.

CAR--THE NEXT DEEGAN

GRANITE CITY, Ill. — There are three questions that Hailie Deegan gets from everybody she comes across, and while she insists they’re not necessarily annoying, they certainly are persistent. The first is about NASCAR star Kevin Harvick, who gave the young driver a shout-out after they raced against each other in a small event earlier this year. The second is about her favorite driver, and the last is about what it’s like being the next coming of Danica Patrick. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

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