BC-IL--Illinois News Digest, IL


Associated Press

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Illinois at 1:30 p.m.

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CHICAGO — A late-night basketball game erupts with shots from an assault weapon on the city's South Side, and a 3-year-old boy is among 13 people wounded in the city's latest burst of gun violence. The indiscriminate shooting renews outrage about the city's failure to rein in its nagging violence problem, and everyone from Police Chief Garry McCarthy to prominent local hip hop artist Common are weighing in with solutions. By Carla K. Johnson and Don Babwin. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m. CDT, photos, video.




CHICAGO — Hip Hop artist Common says that edgy rap music is less a cause of the kind of violence Chicago is witnessing than a reflection of a way of life on the city's streets. He spoke to the Associated Press during a city-sponsored music "summit" aimed at helping young artists get into the business, just hours after a 3-year-old was among 13 people wounded by assault weapons fire in a park. The Grammy-award winner, outspoken about the violence in his hometown, says artists can and should do more to help. By Don Babwin. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.



CHICAGO — A one-time contributor to former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. who was also a figure in the scandal surrounding imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has agreed to plead guilty in a medical fraud case. Raghuveer Nayak is scheduled to enter a guilty plea Friday afternoon in federal court. The agreement short circuits his trial, which was scheduled to start next month. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words following 2 p.m. court appearance.


SPRINGFIELD —Several Democratic state representatives have signed on to legislation that would eliminate the sales tax Illinois places on gasoline. The bill would remove the 6.25 percent tax effective July 1, 2014, the (Springfield) State Journal-Register reported. Decatur Democrat Sue Scherer, a co-sponsor of the bill, said it would bring some "much-needed relief" to constituents who are feeling pain at the pump. "The people I represent are frustrated by high gas prices, and high state taxes that add to their burden," Scherer said. SENT: 260 words.


SPRINGFIELD — It may soon become more expensive to own an ATV in Illinois. The state is in the final stages of approving a $15 annual fee for all-terrain vehicles, according to a report by Lee Enterprises newspapers' Springfield bureau. If it's approved, the permit would be required starting in January. The new surcharge could bring in up to $800,000 a year, which would be used for law enforcement and to upgrade off-road trail areas. SENT: 200 words.



CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois and the community college in Champaign, Parkland College, have opened food pantries to meet what they believe is a need among college students. Sister Maryann Schaefer at the university's St. John Catholic Newman Center isn't sure how many students need more food than they can buy, but said the university administration believes there is a particular gap among graduate students and upper classmen. Campus food pantries have opened in recent years around the country to help students who don't have enough money to cover their expenses and keep themselves —and in many cases, their families — well fed. UPCOMING: 350 words.


CHICAGO — After questions were raised about the authenticity of a guitar supposedly signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen, authorities pulled the plug on an online auction of belongings forfeited by prison-bound Jesse Jackson Jr. The U.S. Marshals Service says it is scrapping the entire auction "out of an abundance of caution" after questions about the guitar, which the former congressman had purchased for $4,000. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Employers cut jobs in 20 states last month, suggesting modest improvement in the U.S. job market this year is not enough to benefit all areas of the country. The Labor Department said Friday that 29 states added jobs, while Montana showed no net gain or loss in August. Unemployment rates rose in 18 states, fell in 17 and were unchanged in 15. Illinois had the second-highest unemployment rate at 9.2 percent. By Christopher S. Rugaber. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


LAS VEGAS — Allegiant Airlines took more than half of its fleet of MD-80 aircraft out of service Friday to inspect emergency slides, four days after passengers and crew members deployed the devices to escape to the tarmac when smoke was reported on an Allegiant plane in Las Vegas. Allegiant Airlines took more than half of its fleet of MD-80 aircraft out of service Friday to inspect emergency slides, four days after passengers and crew members deployed the devices to escape to the tarmac when smoke was reported on an Allegiant plane in Las Vegas. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 340 words. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.


BLOOMINGTON — Rush Olson returned to his family's farm in June because, he said, working the land is in his blood. At 29, he's one of Illinois' younger farmers: The average age of a farmer is 56, according to University of Illinois Extension. Farmers below the age of 50 made up only about 30 percent of all Illinois farmers in 2011. In 2002, they made up roughly half, based on data from the Illinois Farm Business Farm Management Association. Younger farmers are having difficulty breaking into agriculture, and the reasons mostly boil down to land and capital, said Terra Brockman, founder of Bloomington-based agricultural organization, The Land Connection. By Kenneth Lowe. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph. SENT: 600 words, photos.


— GIRL KILLED-UNCLE CHARGED: A 22-year-old southern Illinois man is pleading not guilty plea to the stabbing death of his 7-year-old niece. SENT: 130 words.

— ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND-FREIGHT: Archer Daniels Midland has a new freight center in Decatur. SENT: 130 words.

— INSANE CLOWN POSSE-FESTIVAL DEBTS: Organizers of an outdoor rap-metal festival say they'll make good on their debts. SENT: 130 words.

— SHIELD LAW-REPORTER: A reporter was found in contempt for failing to disclose how he got confidential police reports in a gruesome suburban Chicago murder case. SENT: 130 words.

— CYBERBULLYING WORKSHOP: Officials from more than two dozen law enforcement agencies from Missouri and Illinois will meet to discuss cyberbullying. SENT: 130 words.

— FIREFIGHTERS KILLED-ILLINOIS: A new northern Illinois memorial is honoring 19 firefighters who died battling an Arizona wildfire this summer. SENT: 130 words.

— MDA HEADQUARTERS: The Muscular Dystrophy Association plans to move its national office to Chicago from Tucson. SENT: 130 words.

— AIRMEN-REMAINS FOUND: The remains an Illinois airmen and another Vietnam-era pilot will be returned to their families after being found in Laos. SENT: 130 words.

— CHICAGO MUSIC SUMMIT-HIP HOP: Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Common will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Chicago Music Summit. SENT: 130 words.

— ILLINOIS-HOME SALES: Home sales were up across Illinois by 17.3 percent in August compared with a year earlier. SENT: 130 words.

— EDWARDSVILLE POLICE CHIEF-THEFT: A former police chief in southwestern Illinois has been ordered to spend a year and a half in federal prison for stealing. SENT: 130 words.

— ASH BORER-JO DAVIESS COUNTY: A tree-killing beetle has been discovered in northwestern Illinois' Jo Daviess County. SENT: 130 words.

— COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY-GRANT: A northern Illinois college is receiving a $36 million state grant to expand health care training. SENT: 130 words.

— TEEN EDUCATION COUNCIL: The State Board of Education has picked 18 high school students from around Illinois to serve on its advisory board. SENT: 130 words.



DETROIT — Max Scherzer, who has been stuck on 19 wins for a while now, tries again for No. 20 for the AL Central-leading Tigers. The White Sox send Andre Rienzo to the mound. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 750 words after conclusion of game that begins at 6 p.m. CT, photos.


CHICAGO — Paul Maholm starts as the AL East-leading Atlanta Braves open a weekend series against the Chicago Cubs. Scott Baker pitches for the Cubs. UPCOMING: 700 words after conclusion of game that begins at 1:20 p.m. CT, photos.


BRAVES-HEYWARD: The Atlanta Braves activated outfielder Jason Heyward from the disabled list, and he'll wear a special face mask to protect his jaw.


PITTSBURGH — Following his team's first 0-2 start in more than a decade, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and safety Ryan Clark huddled with remaining players from the club's last Super Bowl title in 2009 and tried to plot a course forward. The Steelers enter Sunday night's game against the unbeaten Chicago Bears (2-0) ranked near the bottom of the league in every major offensive category. By Will Graves. SENT: 700 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — The Washington Capitals host the Chicago Blackhawks in a preseason game. UPCOMING: 130 words following conclusion of game that begins at 6 p.m. CT, photos.


ROSEMONT, Ill. — Tops in the East, Elena Delle Donne and the Chicago Sky begin what they hope will be a deep playoff run against the Indiana Fever. The Sky were 24-10. The Fever were 16-18. UPCOMING: 700 words after conclusion of game that begins at 6 p.m. CT, photos.


EVANSTON, Ill. — So far, everything is looking good for No. 18 Northwestern. A team that came in with high expectations is right where it hoped to be heading into Saturday's game against Maine. The Wildcats (3-0) are unbeaten with wins over Pac-12 and ACC teams, and they figure to stay that way before the competition gets ramped up a few notches. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


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