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

July 11, 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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. — The city council has defeated an effort to keep homeless people from spending nights outside the public library named for Abraham Lincoln. SENT: 250 words.



CARMI, Ill. — The White County sheriff says cinder blocks have been reinforced with concrete and metal bars after three jail inmates broke out in June. A public was packed to hear Sheriff Doug Maier talk about the escape. UPCOMING: 200 words.


PALOS HILLS, Ill. — Residents of a Chicago suburb are demanding the resignation of a township official a year after she made social media posts about Middle Eastern immigrants. Sharon Brannigan’s response: No way. SENT: 210 words.


HOUSTON — An assortment of nesting dolls or “matryoshka” sit on glass shelves at the Russian Cultural Center. The Houston Chronicle reports some are in traditional Semenov style, hand-painted in traditional red, gold and black with leaves and vines wrapping around the wooden exteriors. These nesting dolls serve as an iconic symbol of Russian culture and tradition. But, Sophia Grinblat, executive director of the Russian Cultural Center near Rice Village, smiles knowingly as she explains nesting dolls appeal more to foreigners. With the upcoming Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, tensions between the U.S. and Russia have only escalated. By Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 810 words, pursuing photos.



Did you know that the original symbolism of the Statue of Liberty had nothing to do with welcoming immigrants? And that Mount Rushmore was basically built as a scheme to get road-trippers to make the trip out to South Dakota? You’ll hear the inside story on these icons and others from Geoffrey Baer, Chicago-based host of the PBS television series “10 That Changed America,” in three new episodes airing this summer. In addition to famous monuments, other episodes focus on streets that changed America — like New York’s Broadway — and on modern marvels like the Hoover Dam. By Beth Harpaz. SENT: 630 words.


— POLICE SHOOTING-OFFICERS WOUNDED: Relatives say a suburban Chicago man who was killed by police fired at officers because he was distraught over financial woes and other problems.

— JUDGE-GUN CHARGE: A judge is charged with carrying a concealed weapon in a prohibited area after he was caught on video dropping a gun in a Chicago courthouse.

— BROOKFIELD ZOO-PORCUPINE: A baby porcupine is the first of its species to be born at Brookfield Zoo.

— ILLINOIS DEMOCRATS: A Chicago lawmaker has been named interim executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois.



SAN FRANCISCO — Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is expected back in the lineup following a stint on the disabled list as Chicago wraps up its three-game series against Johnny Cueto and the San Francisco Giants. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 2:45 p.m.


CHICAGO — Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox wrap up a two-game series against Jose Martinez and the St. Louis Cardinals. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — David Toms takes aim at the Constellation Senior Players Championship after winning the U.S. Senior Open two weeks ago. That win was his first on the senior or regular tour in more than seven years. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words.


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