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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — A judge could soon decide whether to revoke or increase the bond for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Judge Vincent Gaughan has scheduled a hearing for Thursday. Last week, prosecutors filed a motion that argued Jason Van Dyke should be put in jail or have his bond increased because they said his recent news media interviews violated a judge's order not to discuss the case publicly. By Don Babwin. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated from scheduled 9 a.m. court hearing.


— LOVELL-LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Astronaut Jim Lovell will be the recipient this week of a lifetime achievement award from Chicago's Adler Planetarium. The award for Lovell is to mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission and celebrate Lovell's legacy.

— OLIVET NAZARENE-ROME PARADE: The Olivet Nazarene University Marching Band will perform in Rome on New Year's Day 2020.

— CHILD BEATING-SENTENCE: A central Illinois man faces up to 30 years in prison for beating his 18-month-old niece while babysitting her last summer.

— OBIT-NAPERVILLE MAYOR: A public visitation will be held this weekend for former Naperville Mayor George Pradel, who led the Chicago suburb through enormous growth during two decades in office.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio got a neat addition to his group when the Chicago Bears traded for two-time All-Pro Khalil Mack. Now, he's trying to work in one of the NFL's best pass rushers. The trade caps off an eventful offseason for Fangio, who re-signed with Chicago after being passed over for the head coaching job. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words.


Penn State-Pittsburgh and Iowa State-Iowa are among the in-state non-conference battles in the Big Ten this week. The ones involving directional schools — Western Michigan at Michigan and Western Illinois at Illinois — aren't to be forgotten. Those games create lifetime memories for the underdogs, win or lose, and the favorites must be on guard. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Kyle Hendricks and the Chicago Cubs open a four-game series against Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 6:05 p.m. CT.


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