Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 8:30 a.m. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SIU PRESIDENT DISPUTE

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University's president could be placed on administrative leave during a Friday meeting by the officers of the school's board of trustees. President Randy Dunn has been embroiled in a controversy over funding of SIU's two campuses in Carbondale and Edwardsville. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits. Developing from afternoon meeting.

ATF AGENT SHOT

GARY, Ind. — An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was shot several times and critically wounded during an undercover operation in northwestern Indiana in which a suspect was killed, authorities said Thursday. The agent was hospitalized in critical but stable condition after being shot multiple times. SENT: 350 words. Will be updated on merits.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL CRASH ARREST: Illinois State Police have arrested an Indiana man in connection with a crash that left a 3-year-old child dead. Authorities say the man was driving in the Chicago suburbs March 23 when he failed to stop for a car stalled in Interstate 90 traffic.

— BROTHERS-BANK FRAUD TRIAL: Two brothers from Chicago who were convicted of using stolen identities to obtain millions of dollars in fraudulent airplane loans from several banks have each been sentenced to more than a decade in prison.

— POLICE SHOOTING-QUINCY: A western Illinois prosecutor says no charges will be filed against a Quincy police officer who fatally shot a man last month. Adams County State's Attorney Gary Farha says witness statements and physical evidence from the scene show the officer made a "reasonable, rational and appropriate choice to use deadly force."

SPORTS:

BBN--PIRATES-CUBS

CHICAGO — Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs open a three-game series against Corey Dickerson and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mike Montgomery — in the rotation with Yu Darvish on the 10-day disabled list — starts for Chicago, with Chad Kuhl going for the Pirates. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 1:20 p.m. ET.

BBA--WHITE SOX-RED SOX

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox open a three-game series on Friday against the Chicago White Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:10 p.m. CT

FBN--LIONS-SINGLETARY

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Mike Singletary hopes to coach again in the NFL someday. He has plenty on his plate right now, though. Singletary was at minicamp with the Detroit Lions on Thursday. He said he doesn't know Lions coach Matt Patricia that well, but he wanted to be there to check out the video screens Detroit is using at practice. By Noah Trister. SENT: 450 words, photos.

MMA--UFC 225

CHICAGO — Robert Whittaker (20-4) and Yoel Romero (13-2) headline a stacked UFC card that features five current and former UFC champions. Whittaker will defend his middleweight championship and put his eight-fight winning streak on the line against Romero in a scheduled five-round middleweight title rematch on Saturday night. The co-main event will feature a fight for the interim welterweight belt between Rafael dos Anjos (28-9) and Colby Covington (13-1). UPCOMING: 600 words.

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