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

Published 07-13-2018

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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. Corey Williams is on the desk. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

PENCE-GAS STATION EMPIRE

GARDEN CITY, Ind. – Vice President Mike Pence turns nostalgic when he talks about growing up in small-town Columbus, Indiana, where his father helped build a Midwestern empire of more than 200 gas stations that provided an upbringing on the "front row of the American dream." The collapse of Kiel Bros. Oil Co. in 2004 was widely publicized. Less known is that the state of Indiana – and, to a smaller extent, Kentucky and Illinois – are still on the hook for millions of dollars to clean up more than 85 contaminated sites across the three states, including underground tanks that leaked toxic chemicals into soil, streams and wells. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 1,930 words, photos. An abridged version also is moving.

PUERTO RICO SHIRT-POLICE

CHICAGO – A woman shown on a video being confronted by a man because she was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag said Friday that the only action a park officer took to defuse the situation was to tell her cousin who'd stepped in to protect her to calm down. Speaking at a news conference surrounded by leaders of Chicago's Puerto Rican community, Mia Irizarry recounted the June 14 incident that received national attention after release of the video. Hate crime charges have been filed against 62-year-old Timothy Trybus, and Chicago forest preserve officer Patrick Connor has resigned. By Don Babwin. SENT: 530 words, photos and video.

GOVERNM

CHICAGO – A woman shown on a video being confronted by a man because she was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag said Friday that the only action a park officer took to defuse the situation was to tell her cousin who'd stepped in to protect her to calm down. Speaking at a news conference surrounded by leaders of Chicago's Puerto Rican community, Mia Irizarry recounted the June 14 incident that received national attention after release of the video. Hate crime charges have been filed against 62-year-old Timothy Trybus, and Chicago forest preserve officer Patrick Connor has resigned. By Don Babwin. SENT: 530 words, photos and video.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

RAUNER FAMILY SEPARATIONS-FACT CHECK

CHICAGO – A new television campaign ad accuses Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican seeking another term in November, of profiting off President Donald Trump's since abandoned "zero tolerance" border policy of separating immigrant children from their families. Rauner's Democratic challenger, J.B. Pritzker, launched the ad Wednesday. By Amanda Seitz. SENT: 570 words, photo. Moved late Thursday and available for use.

Also:

– GOVERNOR'S MANSION: Gov. Bruce Rauner and first lady Diana Rauner are officially reopening the Illinois Governor's Mansion after a more than two-year renovation. SENT: 130 words.

– FEDERAL FUNDING-ILLINOIS TODDLERS: Programs that help babies and young children and their low-income families in suburban Chicago are getting nearly $3 million. SENT: 110 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

PARASITIC ILLNESS-MCDONALD'S

McDonald's is stopping the sale of salads at 3,000 restaurants after people became sick from a parasite causing intestinal illness. The Chicago-based fast-food chain said Friday it's acting "out of an abundance of caution" until switching to another supplier. Health officials in Illinois and Iowa say they've identified roughly 100 combined cases of cyclosporiasis apparently linked to consuming McDonald's salads. The illness is caused by the Cyclospora parasite. McDonald's is removing the lettuce blend from

RAUNER FAMILY SEPARATIONS-FACT CHECK

CHICAGO – A new television campaign ad accuses Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican seeking another term in November, of profiting off President Donald Trump's since abandoned "zero tolerance" border policy of separating immigrant children from their families. Rauner's Democratic challenger, J.B. Pritzker, launched the ad Wednesday. By Amanda Seitz. SENT: 570 words, photo. Moved late Thursday and available for use.

Also:

– GOVERNOR'S MANSION: Gov. Bruce Rauner and first lady Diana Rauner are officially reopening the Illinois Governor's Mansion after a more than two-year renovation. SENT: 130 words.

– FEDERAL FUNDING-ILLINOIS TODDLERS: Programs that help babies and young children and their low-income families in suburban Chicago are getting nearly $3 million. SENT: 110 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

PARASITIC ILLNESS-MCDONALD'S

McDonald's is stopping the sale of salads at 3,000 restaurants after people became sick from a parasite causing intestinal illness. The Chicago-based fast-food chain said Friday it's acting "out of an abundance of caution" until switching to another supplier. Health officials in Illinois and Iowa say they've identified roughly 100 combined cases of cyclosporiasis apparently linked to consuming McDonald's salads. The illness is caused by the Cyclospora parasite. McDonald's is removing the lettuce blend from identified restaurants and distribution centers. At least one of the affected restaurants is in each of the following states: Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Missouri. SENT: 130 words.

BLACK HAWK STATUE

OREGON, Ill. – Efforts to restore a 107-year-old statue in northern Illinois have received financial backing this summer from the state and a local business. Heavy-duty trailer manufacturing company E.D. Etnyre & Co. donated $100,000 this week for the Eternal Indian statue, colloquially known as Black Hawk, the Rockford Register Star reported. The project in Oregon, Illinois involves recreating the statue's original mix of concrete and red granite to keep it standing for many more years. SENT: 240 words, photos.

PIPELINE EXPLOSION-ILLINOIS

DIXON, Ill. – The Illinois Commerce Commission won't be issuing a fine in connection to a fatal gas pipeline explosion that killed two men and injured two others in the northern part of the state. M&R Farms workers operating a tiling plow ruptured the high-pressure pipeline on Dec. 5, causing the explosion near Nachusa, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) west of Chicago. The workers were installing drainage tile. Investigators with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration determined the owner of the land failed to contact the Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators before beginning the project. The law requires notification a minimum of 48 business hours before digging can begin. SENT: 240 words.

IN BRIEF:

– WOMAN OVERDOSES AT JAIL: Authorities say a woman overdosed and was saved by officers moments after she walked into a suburban Chicago jail to turn herself in on an arrest warrant.

– SUNLAND PARK-STAMPEDE MEAT: An Illinois meat supplier has chosen New Mexico for its first out-of-state expansion, bringing more than 1,200 jobs to a border community.

– POLICE SHOOTING-U OF ILLINOIS: Authorities say an armed University of Illinois student shot by police near campus had a pellet gun and may have placed the call that drew police to the scene.

– BLOOMINGTON-THREE DEAD-ILLINOIS: Authorities say a man charged in a shooting that left three men dead and a 4-year-old boy wounded at a central Illinois apartment complex has been arrested during a Wisconsin drug bust. AP Photo.

– WABASH RIVER-BODY: Western Indiana police say an Illinois man whose body was found in the Wabash River apparently drowned while trying to swim across the river.

– GREAT LAKES-FIRE RETARDANTS: A U.S.-Canadian agency is suggesting ways the two nations can help prevent flame-retardant chemicals from polluting the Great Lakes.

SPORTS:

BBN--CUBS-PADRES

SAN DIEGO – Tyler Chatwood and the Chicago Cubs, who are one game behind Milwaukee in the NL Central, open a weekend series against Clayton Richard and the San Diego Padres, who are last in the NL West. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 9:10 p.m.

BBA--ROYALS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO – James Shields and Brad Kelly square off as the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals open a three-game series. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

GLF--JOHN DEERE CLASSIC

SILVIS, Ill. – Steve Wheatcroft takes a one-shot lead into the second round of the John Deere Classic. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

GLF--SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. – Scott Parel grabbed a one-stroke lead in the Constellation Senior Players Championship, shooting a 6-under 66 in Friday's second round to reach 11 under. The 53-year-old Parel made seven birdies after starting the day two shots off the lead. He is seeking his first PGA Tour Champions victory. Parel remained in the lead when Jeff Maggert three-putted from about 15 feet to bogey the par-4 18th. That left Maggert (68) tied with Brandt Jobe (67) at 10 under in the fourth of five majors on the tour's schedule. Three-time champion Bernhard Langer (67), defending champion Scott McCarron (68), Kenny Perry (70) and Vijay Singh (67) were in a pack two strokes off the lead. Illinois golf coach Mike Small shot 71 and was three shots back. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 570 words.

GLF--SENIOR WOMEN

WHEATON, Ill. – Elaine Crosby takes a one-stroke lead to the second round of the inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open, with Trish Johnson, Laura Davies and Liselotte Neumann right behind her. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

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