Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 1:30 p.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or Sara Burnett is on the desk.

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MINNEAPOLIS — The day after a grand jury report revealed that Roman Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children over decades, Adrienne Alexander went to Mass at a Chicago church and waited for the priest to say something about the situation. He didn't. And that left Alexander fuming. So she went on Facebook to vent — then organized a prayer vigil in Chicago that became the catalyst for similar laity-led vigils in Boston, Philadelphia and other cities nationwide. By Amy Forliti. SENT: 1000 words, photos.



CHICAGO — Chicago's declining taxi industry is hoping for some legislative help as it struggles to survive in the age of ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. Almost half the city's nearly 7,000 licensed cabs are in foreclosure or idled, leading to a call for regulatory intervention to keep taxi fleets working, the Chicago Tribune reported. SENT: 350 words.


CHARLESTON, Ill. — A finely meshed net was up, strung across a path that broke through the trees. The hope was to get a chance for an up-close look at a night flyer, a small creature that likely populated the heavily wooded area. But how abundantly and in what variety were questions that needed to be answered. Biologist Tara Hohoff said the likelihood of success with the net was uncertain, so the research she and others were conducting on the bat population also relied on other methods. By Dave Fopay. Journal Gazette & Times-Courier. UPCOMING: 870 words.


DECATUR — Mary Cole had never called herself a runner, but now at 45 years old, she wears the label like a badge of honor. "I didn't like the name before, because I never thought I could do it," she said. "It is now a compliment." A Decatur dentist, Cole is also part of an elite group of people who have run a marathon in all 50 states. According to the 50 States Marathon Club, nearly 4,500 runners have crossed this finish line. "It took two years and nine months," she said of completing a marathon in each state. By Donnette Beckett. (Decatur) Herald & Review. UPCOMING: 1300 words.


— BEACH HAZARDS: The National Weather Service is warning people about dangerously high waves and flooding along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

— ILLINOIS STATE FAIR-ATTENDANCE: Officials say attendance at this year's Illinois State Fair declined 8 percent from last year.

— TROOPER MEMORIAL-I-74: A portion of Interstate 74 has been renamed in memory of an Illinois State Police officer killed in a car crash.

— UNCLAIMED LOTTERY PRIZE: A winning Powerball lottery ticket sold in northwestern Indiana will expire Monday if the $50,000 prize goes unclaimed.



WASHINGTON — Jaime Garcia and Cole Hamels pitch for the Chicago Cubs in the two halves of a doubleheader against the Nationals. By Harvey Valentine. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. First game starts at 3:05 p.m. EDT


CHICAGO — With homers in three straight games after learning he probably needs Tommy John elbow surgery, two-way star Shohei Ohtani looks to stay on a roll at the plate as the Los Angeles Angels continue their series against the Chicago White Sox. The Angels send Matt Shoemaker to the mound, with James Shields pitching for Chicago. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.


GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Bears' blockbuster trade for linebacker Khalil Mack has added a new wrinkle to the NFL's oldest rivalry when Chicago visits the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. By Genaro C. Armas. Sent: 750 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Jaime Garcia and Cole Hamels pitch for the Chicago Cubs in the two halves of a doubleheader against the Nationals. By Harvey Valentine. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. First game starts at 3:05 p.m. EDT


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois is taking nothing for granted when it hosts Western Illinois on Saturday night. The Illini were forced to mount a furious third-quarter comeback to slip past Kent State last week in a game many thought would be an easy season-opening win at home. Meanwhile, the Leathernecks lost a heart-breaker to Montana State after leading for all but the final minutes on the road. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.


OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi hosts Southern Illinois on Saturday in a non-conference game. The Rebels are trying to build off their impressive 47-27 win over Texas Tech last weekend. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 3 p.m. CT kickoff.


DEKALB, Ill. — Utah goes for its 21st straight non-conference victory when it visits Northern Illinois. The Utes held Weber State to just 59 net yards of offense in a 41-10 victory. Northern Illinois opened with a 33-7 loss at Iowa. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.


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