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

September 27, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

CHICAGO — Now it is Laquan McDonald who is on trial. After days of prosecutors making their case to jurors that Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke committed first-degree murder in 2014 when he shot the black teenager 16 times, attorneys for the white officer are presenting their own evidence. Their contention: The teenager was a violent, dangerous, knife-wielding suspect on “a rampage” whom Van Dyke was forced to kill. By Don Babwin. SENT: 800 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

UNDERGROUND FIRE-LANDFILL

ST. LOUIS — Some of the illegally dumped nuclear waste buried near a long-smoldering underground fire at a Missouri landfill will be dug up and the rest will be capped under a federal plan announced Thursday. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s remedy comes a decade after its initial cap-and-monitor proposal at suburban St. Louis’ West Lake Landfill was met with so much opposition that the agency went back to the drawing board. Bridgeton Landfill will share the cost of the project, along with other “responsible parties” — the U.S. Department of Energy and Exelon Corp. of Chicago, whose subsidiary once owned uranium processor Cotter Corp. By Jim Salter. SENT: 700 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— LATE CONGRESSMAN’S COLLECTION: A closed private college’s lawyer says part of a political memorabilia collection from the late southern Illinois Congressman Ken Gray is missing. Gray’s widow gave the collection two years ago to Morthland College in West Frankfort.

— MALPRACTICE VERDICT: A jury has awarded $18.5 million to the family of a northwestern Indiana boy who a lawsuit claims was born with disabilities after doctors at a Chicago hospital prescribed inappropriate medication to his mother.

— EARNS-CONAGRA: Shares in Conagra Brands are down 6 percent in early trading after reporting first-quarter earnings that fell short of expectations. The Chicago packaged food maker reported a nearly 17 percent increase in sales and earnings of 45 cents per share, short of Wall Street’s target of 49 cents per share.

— ILLINOIS GOVERNMENT-SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Leaders of the state’s major political parties are embracing a report’s recommendations to end sexual harassment in Illinois government.

— ELECTION 2018-EARLY VOTING: Those who want to get a jump on the November election need not wait. Early voting in Illinois begins Thursday across the state.

— CHICAGO VIOLENCE: Police say two teenagers were shot to death three blocks from Chicago police headquarters after an argument outside a South Side alternative high school led to gunfire.

SPORTS:

BBN--PIRATES-CUBS

CHICAGO — A playoff spot clinched, the Chicago Cubs try to hang onto the NL Central lead when they wrap up a four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ace Jon Lester starts for Chicago — a half-game ahead of Milwaukee in the division — while Trevor Williams goes for Pittsburgh. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 7:05 p.m. CT.

FBC--T25-MICHIGAN-NORTHWESTERN

EVANSTON, Ill. — No. 14 Michigan comes into Saturday’s game at Northwestern rolling with three straight blowout victories since a season-opening loss to Notre Dame. The Wolverines blew out Nebraska last week and have outscored their past three opponents a combined 150-33. Northwestern, meanwhile, has two straight losses since opening with a win. And top running back Jeremy Larkin informed the team Monday that he has to stop playing football because of a spinal condition. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. With FBC--T25--Michigan-Northwestern Preview Capsule.

— With FBC--T25-BIG TEN THIS WEEK. Sent: 500 words.

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