Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Illinois. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or Tom Davies is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann.

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CHICAGO — Nearly four years after the shooting and almost three years after the public first watched the dashboard camera video of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke firing 16 bullets into the body Laquan McDonald, Van Dyke is about to stand trial. And with that trial, the city — and the country — will relive what unfolded on the video moments after a troubled teenager crossed paths with a police officer. By Don Babwin. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.


CHICAGO — Prospective jurors in the murder trial of the white Chicago police officer who killed black teenager Laquan McDonald are to be given questionnaires as the first phase of jury selection starts Wednesday. The judge has sealed the questionnaires, but potential jury members will most likely be asked how closely they have followed media coverage of the 2014 shooting and whether they have seen the dashcam video that shows Officer Jason Van Dyke shoot the 17-year-old McDonald 16 times. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated on merits.


CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised bold measures to help fix the nation's worst-funded pension systems and failing schools, stabilize city finances and combat violence when he was elected to lead the nation's third-largest city in 2011. But despite some successes — including attracting new companies and raising the city's minimum wage — many of the long-standing problems that Emanuel inherited will remain when he leaves office early next year. Emanuel announced Tuesday he will not run for a third term. SENT: 850 words, photos.


CHICAGO — Rahm Emanuel, whose tumultuous tenure as Chicago mayor included an infamous police shooting and a surge in violent crime, said in a surprise announcement that he would abandon his plan to seek a third term next year but gave no reason for the sudden change of heart. Emanuel also led the effort to conduct the largest mass closing of neighborhood schools in American history and is credited with helping to stabilize the city's finances through politically unpopular increases in taxes and fees. By Don Babwin and Michael Tarm. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — Insurance giant State Farm on Tuesday reached a $250 million preliminary settlement in a federal class-action lawsuit claiming the company funneled money to the campaign of an Illinois Supreme Court candidate. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis alleged Bloomington-based State Farm secretly funneled money to the campaign of Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier while he was a candidate for the high court in 2004. SENT: 500 words.


— BAD REVIEWS-LAWSUIT: A federal judge in Chicago has ruled that a lawyer can't sue more than a dozen people who posted rude criticism of him and his law firm on Yelp and similar sites that feature online reviews.

— JUDGE-FRAUD CHARGES: A federal judge has refused to overturn the fraud conviction of an Illinois judge. Earlier this year, a jury convicted Cook County Circuit Judge Jessica O'Brien of fraudulently obtaining mortgages for Chicago investment properties and illegally pocketing more than $300,000.

— ILLINOIS JUDGES-SCHOOL PROGRAM: The Illinois Judges Association is introducing a schools program to help young people learn how to interact with police.

— CHILD SHOT: Police say a 2-year-old girl has been critically wounded in a shooting in northwestern Indiana. The Gary Police Department says it received a call Tuesday evening about the shooting and officers found that the girl had a single gunshot wound to the head.



MILWAUKEE — The second-place Brewers go for a three-game sweep of the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs. Chicago starter Jose Quintana allowed five runs over five innings in his last start against Milwaukee, a 7-0 Brewers victory at Wrigley Field on Aug. 14. Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin is 2-0 in two scoreless starts and 13 innings pitched against the Cubs this season. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO — Michael Kopech hopes to go more than just a few innings after having two of his first three major league starts shortened by rain when the Chicago White Sox wrap up a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers. Jordan Zimmerman pitches for Detroit. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. ET


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