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

August 28, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday defended his veto of legislation to hasten paperwork that immigrant crime victims need to stay in the U.S. despite earlier approving welfare assistance for immigrants in similar circumstances. Republican Rauner told The Associated Press that the 2016 law he signed was “good humanitarian action” and did not suggest conditions of a “sanctuary state,” which he opposes. By John O’Connor. SENT: 560 words, photo.



CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s campaign said in a tweet that thousands of new jobs have been added and thousands of people are no longer living in poverty since the city required private businesses to increase the minimum wage paid to workers every year starting in 2015. Emanuel’s campaign is running numerous online ads promoting the minimum wage increase ahead of next year, when he will seek his third term as the city’s mayor. By Amanda Seitz. SENT: 700 words, photo.



CHICAGO — The deadliest residential fire in years in Chicago claimed its tenth and final victim on Tuesday, as a 14-year-old boy who barely survived the blaze died at a hospital. Although authorities initially believed that two of the people killed by the pre-dawn Sunday fire at a Southwest Side apartment were adults, fire department spokesman Larry Langford said they were all children who ranged in age from three months to their teens. By Don Babwin. SENT: 425 words, photo.




WILLOWBROOK, Ill. — A new federal study shows people living near a contract sterilization company in a western Chicago suburb face some the country’s highest cancer risks from toxic air pollution. The Chicago Tribune reports that federal officials began investigating Sterigenics International last year after surrounding communities were identified on a national map of health hazards from breathing toxic chemicals. SENT: 290 words.


— MEDICAL MARIJUANA-OPIOIDS: Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law allowing medical marijuana to be used as a painkiller instead of highly addictive opioids.

— LAKE MICHIGAN-KAYAKER SEARCH: Crews have been searching for a 20-year-old man who went missing after his kayak capsized in Lake Michigan north of Chicago.

— CHICAGO POLICE CHIEF-SON: The son of Chicago’s police chief has been sworn-in as a rookie officer, a year after donating a kidney to his dad.

— SCRAPPED BRIDGE-CHARGE: A northwestern Indiana scrap-metal dealer accused of demolishing a historic bridge and selling the metal is seeking to have the federal charge he faces dismissed.

— BIOMETRIC DATA LAWSUIT: A Chicago federal judge has tossed a proposed class-action lawsuit alleging Southwest Airlines violated the law by requiring that certain employees use fingerprints to sign into and out of work.

— PANHANDLING ORDINANCES: The American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations are challenging panhandling ordinances in 15 municipalities across Illinois.

— DRAKE-HOSPITALIZED GIRL: A suburban Chicago girl has received a heart transplant just days after she danced her way into a hospital visit from Drake.

— ATTORNEY GENEREAL-CLERGY ABUSE: The Illinois attorney general has launched a hotline and email address for residents who want to report clergy abuse.



NEW YORK — Lance Lynn pitches for the New York Yankees against James Shields and the improving Chicago White Sox. New York is 6 1/2 games behind first-place Boston in the AL East. Shields is 5-15, tied for the most losses in the majors. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6:05 p.m.


CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs keep winning through everything that knocks some contenders out of the playoff race. Credit one of the majors’ deepest rosters, but manager Joe Maddon also is pushing all the right buttons as Chicago tries to close out its third consecutive NL Central title. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by noon.


CHICAGO — Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs continue their series against the struggling New York Mets. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


MINNEAPOLIS — Will the Minnesota Vikings pick up where they left off, following their surge to the NFC championship game last season? Or will the Green Bay Packers rebound forcefully enough to take back the division they’ve mostly dominated for two decades? The annual report on the NFC North has almost always focused on the Packers, the Vikings or both of these fierce rivals since the NFL’s most recent realignment produced the current eight-division format in 2002. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 985 words, photos.


IOWA CITY, Iowa — Coach Kirk Ferentz will go for his record-breaking 144th win at Iowa this weekend. To get it, he will have to rely on a bunch of players making their first significant appearances for the Hawkeyes. Ferentz’s quest to pass Hayden Fry as the program’s winningest coach might not be all that easy, either. In addition to the usual concerns about depth-chart turnover ahead of Saturday’s opener against Northern Illinois, Iowa will be without three starters — most notably tackles Tristan Wirfs and Alaric Jackson — because of one-game suspensions. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 600 words, photo.


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