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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



CHICAGO — Jury selection is set to resume Thursday for the murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014. An African-American woman who works as a FedEx driver was selected Wednesday in the first hour of the second day of jury selection, but only after prosecutors in a motion accused Van Dyke's attorneys of illegally trying to keep minorities from sitting on the jury. The AP will have coverage on merits.


— JUDGE-FRAUD CHARGES: An Illinois judge who was convicted of fraud is stepping down from the bench. The attorney for Cook County Circuit Judge Jessica O'Brien said Wednesday that she has signed the necessary paperwork to end her judicial career.

— CHICAGO AIRPORT-STABBING: A man has been charged with aggravated battery after authorities say he stabbed another man during an argument near a parking area at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

— POLICE SHOOTING-ILLINOIS STUDENT: A former University of Illinois student who was suicidal and wanted police to shoot him has been sentenced to two years of probation. Samuel Applebaum pleaded guilty Wednesday to disorderly conduct in the Champaign County Circuit Court.

— HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION: The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has announced household hazardous waste collection dates. EPA Director Alec Messina says the collections allow residents to ensure that leftover products with potentially problematic chemicals or other ingredients are disposed of properly.

— HEROIN DEATH-SENTENCING: A 30-year-old has been sentenced to 10 years in an Illinois prison for selling fentanyl-laced heroin that killed a suburban Chicago man.

— DRUG TRAFFICKING-SENTENCE: A California man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for taking part in a drug-trafficking ring that used Amtrak trains to ship heroin and cocaine to Chicago from Los Angeles.



WASHINGTON — Mike Montgomery starts as the Chicago Cubs return to complete their series against the Nationals that was marred by rain. By Patrick Stevens. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 3:05 p.m. CT.


The last two Big Ten champions didn't make college football's playoff, in part because of early losses against tough nonconference foes. This year, Michigan State and Michigan have already dropped games, reducing their margins for error and raising again the question of whether playing tough teams out of conference is worth the risk. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


— FBC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK. SENT: 500 words.


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