BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 6pm, IL
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 firstname.lastname@example.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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.
CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD
CHICAGO — A man who witnessed a Chicago officer fatally shoot black teenager Laquan McDonald testified Thursday that police waived him away without questioning him that October 2014 night and didn’t even bother to take down his name. Jose Torres, testifying in the trial of three officers accused of lying to protect the white officer who shot McDonald, offered an account that contradicts what the officers wrote in their reports. Torres said he decided to come forward with his version of events after he heard a spokesman for the police union on television telling reporters that McDonald “was lunging” at Van Dyke with the small knife the 17-year-old was carrying in his right hand. SENT: 425 words, photos.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner is calling Thursday for an investigation into whether Illinois law prohibiting investment in companies engaged in boycott, divestment or sanction of Israel has been violated by Airbnb’s decision to remove lodging listings from Jewish settlements in the West Bank. By John O’Connor. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.
— XGR--ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE: The Illinois General Assembly has ended its fall session as Democrats anticipate complete control of the state Capitol in January. The Senate canceled its session Thursday. The House took limited action and bid farewell to outgoing members. SENT: 130 words. Expected to stand.
— MARIJUANA-ILLINOIS: An opponent to legal marijuana in Illinois says it will allow white corporate exploitation of minority customers. Chicago activist the Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston called the effort to take over a lucrative illegal market “a gangsta move worthy of Al Capone.”
AROUND THE STATE:
CHICAGO — Federal agents executed search warrants at the City Hall office of a powerful Chicago alderman on Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation, the Chicago Tribune reported. An unidentified law enforcement source told the Chicago Tribune agents arrived at Ed Burke’s aldermanic office Thursday morning, told staff to leave and pulled brown paper across its glass doors blocking the view. Media photographs showed similar paper across the door of Burke’s 14th Ward on Chicago’s Southwest Side. There were no arrests and none was imminent, the Tribune reported. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 460 words, photo.
CHICAGO SCHOOLS-SEX ABUSE
CHICAGO — A new office created to look into cases of sexual abuse in Chicago’s public schools after an investigation revealed that the officials had failed to adequately do so has received nearly 500 allegations of student-on-student sexual violence in less than three months. The Office of Student Protections and Title IX that was created after the Chicago Tribune found broad lapses in how the nation’s third-largest school district protected students from sexual abuse, physical assault and harassment, including by school employees, since 2011. SENT: 400 words.
— ILLINOIS GOVERNOR-ISRAEL-AIRBNB: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to pressure Airbnb into reversing its decision barring lodging listings in the disputed West Bank.
— STARVED ROCK-TRIPLE HOMICIDE: Illinois officials have again denied parole to a 79-year-old inmate sentenced to life in prison for the 1960 killings of three suburban Chicago women in a state park.
— ALEXANDER COUNTY-HOUSING: Court documents say the former director of a southern Illinois housing authority must pay a $500,000 penalty for wrongly using agency money for personal expenses.
— PET BOBCAT SEIZED: A pet bobcat seized last month from a Swansea family is back home after the owner was fined for not having proper permits.
— STUDENT WOUNDED-FIGHT: Authorities say a 15-year-old high school student has been arrested after allegedly wounding a classmate with a box cutter during a fight at their school in northwestern Indiana.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky found a flaw in his game while trying to be patient and sit out with an injured right shoulder. Trubisky discovered he needs to slide better. It was while sliding late in a 25-20 win Nov. 18 over the Minnesota Vikings that Trubisky suffered the injury threatening to cost him a second straight start Sunday against the New York Giants. By Gene Chamberlain. SENT: 750 words, photo.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Chicago Blackhawks, who have lost three of their past four games, visit the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night. The Blackhawks have been outscored 11-1 in the first period over their last four games. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. CT.
FBC--BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP
EVANSTON, Ill. — Safety Jared McGee recalled how little he knew about Northwestern early in the recruiting process and the impression coach Pat Fitzgerald made during a campus visit. It’s safe to say the coach played a major role in luring McGee to Evanston. “I was like yeah, Northwestern, what conference is that in?” said McGee, a senior from the Dallas area. “And then I showed up to Fitz’s house on my official visit and it was like he had been watching me since I was playing Pee Wee. That definitely held true in my time here. I couldn’t have asked for a better coach in my college career.” By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 750 words.
AMHERST, N.Y. — Tyree Jackson credits his older sister for never allowing the University at Buffalo quarterback to ever get too far ahead of himself. For all the numbers he’s put up in helping the Bulls win a school-record 10 games and reach only their second Mid-American Conference championship game, and amid talk of whether the junior should declare for the NFL draft this spring, Jackson need only to refer to 23-year-old McKenzie Jackson for keeping him grounded. Jackson and the East Division champion Bulls will face West champion Northern Illinois on Friday night. By John Wawrow. SENT: 750 words, photo.
— BBO--CUBS-ANGELS TRADE: The Los Angeles Angels have acquired infielder Tommy La Stella from the Chicago Cubs for $100,000 or a player to be named.
— BBN--CUBS-RYAN: Chicago Cubs agree to 1-year contract with left-hander Kyle Ryan. SENT: 100 words.
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