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

January 8, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Illinois. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 OFFICIAL-CORRUPTION

CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered an outside audit of a $100 million-per-year workers’ compensation fund that was controlled by a longtime City County member accused of trying to shake down the owners of a major chain of fast-food franchises. The move marked the latest fallout from the case against Alderman Ed Burke, who was charged last week with attempted extortion. Burke has served on the City Council for 50 years, including more than three decades as chairman of the powerful finance committee _ a post he resigned from on Friday. SENT: 440 words, photo.

POLITICS AND STATE GOVERNMENT:

ILLINOIS GOVERNOR-CABINET SALARIES

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ Illinois lawmakers on Monday backed initiatives pushed by Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker, including giving approval to a change in state law to increase salaries by 15 percent for Cabinet members he hopes to hire. The Democrat doesn’t take office for another week. But a Democratic-controlled House panel still passed the plan that would boost salaries. The transportation secretary and prison system directors, for example, would be paid $172,500 a year instead of the current $150,000. Pritzker said current salaries are not competitive . By John O’Connor. SENT: 520 words, photo.

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Illinois Governor-Cabinet Salaries-The Latest.

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_ NEW LAWMAKER-ILLINOIS: A Chicago political and community organizer has been appointed to the Illinois Senate to finish the term of Attorney General-elect Kwame Raoul. SENT: 130 words.

_ ILLINOIS LAWMAKER-RESIGNATION: A former Democratic leader in the Illinois House has resigned his seat. Lou Lang announced Monday that he’s ending his 32-year legislative career. The 69-year-old from Skokie has joined the lobbying firm Advantage Government Strategies. SENT: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

DEA AGENT CHARGED

NEW YORK _ A Drug Enforcement Administration agent must remain behind bars while awaiting trial on charges that he joined the agency to benefit a violent drug organization, a judge decided Monday. U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman called the allegations by prosecutors that Fernando Gomez served as a double agent to help drug dealers “quite inflammatory and extraordinary.” He said a Chicago magistrate judge who concluded Gomez could await trial at home on electronic monitoring had not been told specifics by prosecutors about the evidence against the 41-year-old Chicago resident. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 415 words.

OBIT-TUSKEGEE AIRMAN-LYLE

CHICAGO _ World War II African-American fighter pilot John Lyle, a Tuskegee Airman, is dead at age 98. Lyle’s wife, Eunice, says he died Saturday at his home on Chicago’s South Side. He had been battling prostate cancer. The members of the nation’s first black fighter squadron won acclaim for their aerial prowess and bravery, despite a military that imposed segregation on its African American recruits while respecting the rights of German prisoners. SENT: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ GREAT LAKES-ICE BREAKING: An annual ice-breaking effort is starting on waterways in and around northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

_ SPRINGFIELD ART CENTER: The Springfield Art Association has opened a new $1.8 million Visual Arts Center.

_ 1981 KILLING-SULLIVAN COUNTY: Police are seeking the public’s help as they look for a break in a western Indiana woman’s unsolved 1981 killing.

SPORTS:

FBN--BEARS WRAPUP

LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ The Chicago Bears made a huge jump in their first season under coach Matt Nagy. They won the NFC North after four straight last-place finishes and made the playoffs for the first time in eight years. They just wish it was still going, but Philadelphia knocked them out, 16-15 in a wild-card game on Sunday. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

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_ FBN--NFL--PLAYOFF TV RATINGS: The NFL has carried over its increase in viewers over to the playoffs. The Philadelphia Eagles game against the Chicago Bears on NBC averaged 35.89 million, making it the network’s most-watched wild-card game on record.

FBN--PARKEY-BLOCKED KICK

PHILADELPHIA _ Cody Parkey’s missed 43-yard field goal in the final seconds that gave the Philadelphia Eagles a 16-15 upset win over the Chicago Bears in Sunday’s wild-card playoff game was officially ruled a block by the NFL. Video showed Philadelphia’s Treyvon Hester tipped the ball, which bounced off the upright and hit the crossbar. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 385 words, photos.

HKN--FLAMES-BLACKHAWKS

CHICAGO _ Johnny Gaudreau and the Calgary Flames close out a four-game trip with a visit to Chicago to face the Blackhawks. Chicago is opening a three-game homestand. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

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_ BKN--BULLS-ROCKETS TRADE: The Houston Rockets have traded Michael Carter-Williams and cash considerations to the Chicago Bulls for a protected second-round pick in the 2020 draft. The Bulls then waived the guard following the trade.

_ KANSAS ST-LAKES DISMISSED: Kansas State has dismissed sophomore center Maary Lakes from its women’s basketball program for a violation of team rules and conduct detrimental to the team. The native of Peoria, Illinois, had played in all 13 games this season, averaging 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds.

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