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

August 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO — A judge overseeing the murder trial of a Chicago police officer in the 2014 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald is to rule on the trial’s location. Jason Van Dyke’s lawyers want the trial moved out of Cook County. A hearing is Friday. The defense says a jury chosen in the county would be swayed by the publicity surrounding the case. Video released in 2015 shows Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times. The shooting prompted protests and federal inquiries into the Chicago Police Department. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated on merits.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Springfield and Central Illinois African-American History Museum will debut a new exhibit detailing the 1908 Springfield Race Riots. The exhibit will debut Saturday evening as the 110th anniversary of the event approaches on Aug. 14-15. Historian Carole Merritt curated the exhibit 10 years ago for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for the centennial commemoration of the race riots, but it’s been in storage since. UPCOMING: 300 words.


CHICAGO — A suburban Chicago man who was one of more than 100 survivors of a jet crash in Mexico this week is suing the airline. In the lawsuit filed Thursday in Chicago, 43-year-old Nestor Martinez of Northlake alleges that the Mexico-based Aeromexico was negligent in improperly taking off Tuesday during a severe storm. SENT: 130 words.


BALTIMORE — Several cities are suing President Donald Trump’s administration in federal court for allegedly sabotaging the Affordable Care Act. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on behalf of Baltimore; Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio; Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia. SENT: 130 words.


— SPRINGFIELD-BIKERS ROUNDUP: Springfield, Illinois, is hosting as many as 30,000 motorcyclists this week for the 41st National Bikers Roundup.

— POST OFFICE-RENAMING: The family of a central Illinois man killed while serving in Afghanistan will join public officials for a ceremony to rename the local post office in his honor.

— POLICE OFFICER-FRAUD: A former Chicago police officer has been sentenced to six months in prison for income tax fraud that netted him about $300,000.

— AIRLINE JOBS-SOUTH CAROLINA: A regional carrier for United Airlines is adding about 150 jobs in South Carolina. Air Wisconsin, which operates United Express flights from Columbia to Chicago and Washington-Dulles, will create a flight-crew base at Columbia Metropolitan Airport later this year.



CHICAGO — Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs continue their four-game series against the San Diego Padres. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 1:20 p.m. CT.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays, who’ve won three straight, send Ryne Stanek to the mound in the opener of a weekend series against Lucas Giolito and the Chicago White Sox. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:10 p.m. CT.


CANTON, Ohio — Seven members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2018— nope, no Terrell Owens — discuss their upcoming induction. Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is among those being inducted on Saturday. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.




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