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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TODAY:

WOMEN 2018-VETERANS

WASHINGTON — A dragon winds around a cherry tree in the tattoo across MJ Hegar's arm and back, over the shrapnel wounds she had, at one point, not wanted to see with her young children around. But nine years after being shot down in Afghanistan, then winning a lawsuit against the federal government, writing a book and now running for a Texas congressional seat, Hegar isn't hiding much anymore. Two Democrats — Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, a retired Marine Corps captain and Bronze Star recipient, and Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who lost her legs and partial use of an arm when her helicopter was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq — have been instrumental in recruiting veterans to run for office. By Laurie Kellman and Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— CHICAGO VIOLENCE: Authorities say a 15-year-old boy has died and a 14-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting following a large fight at a basketball game in Chicago. Police say a crowd gathered Thursday night at Garfield Fieldhouse in Garfield Park for a basketball tournament when a fight broke out inside.

— OFFICER KILLED-PURSUIT: A man who pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in the death of a southern Illinois police officer who crashed during a 2016 high-speed chase has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

— CHICAGO POLICE SHOOTING-DROPPED CHARGES: Prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against the brother of a man fatally shot by Chicago police during a confrontation with an off-duty firefighter. Michael Beal, of Indianapolis, had faced felony charges, including aggravated battery of a police officer.

— GREAT LAKES-RUNOFF: The Great Lakes Commission says it will divide nearly $900,000 among seven local organizations to help cut runoff of sediment, nutrients and other water pollutants. Runoff feeds harmful algae blooms and oxygen-starved "dead zones" where fish can't survive.

— EARNS-DEERE: Deere & Co. on Friday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $910.3 million. On a per-share basis, the Moline, Illinois-based company said it had profit of $2.78. Earnings, adjusted for pretax gains, were $2.59 per share. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations.

— AQUIFER PROTECTION-RAUNER: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring owners of gas storage fields to notify local officials if a natural gas leak threatens drinking water supplies.

— BURIAL PLOTS-INVESTIGATION: Families in southern Illinois are coming forth with complaints operators of a cemetery resold plots that were already paid for. South Roxana Police Chief Bob Coles said Thursday investigators served subpoenas for the records of Wanda Cemetery.

SPORTS:

BBN--CUBS-PIRATES

PITTSBURGH — Cole Hamels looks to stay hot when the Chicago Cubs face the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday. Hamels is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA since the Cubs acquired him at the trade deadline. Trevor Williams (10-8) starts for Pittsburgh. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 6 p.m. CT

BBA--ROYALS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO — In a matchup between teams with the two worst records in the AL Central, the Chicago White Sox open a three-game series against the last-place Kansas City Royals. James Shields starts for Chicago and Jakob Junis pitches for Kansas City. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT.

FBC--MAC PREVIEW

DETROIT — Frank Solich has accomplished a lot as Ohio's coach, but one triumph that has eluded him is a Mid-American Conference title. The Bobcats are among the favorites this year. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

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