Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 6 p.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or Herbert McCann is on the desk.

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CHICAGO — Illinois' attorney general is planning to meet with Chicago Archdiocese officials to discuss seven priests with links to the state who were included in a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report on clergy sex abuse. The report released this month found that about 300 Catholic priests abused at least 1,000 children over the past 70 years, with claims of a systematic cover-up by senior church leaders that used similar methods unearthed in the initial clergy sex-abuse story that broke nationwide in 2002. SENT: 375 words.



FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Longtime public servant George H. Sheldon, who served at the helm of child welfare agencies in Florida and Illinois and also with the federal government in Washington, died Thursday, family members said. He was 71. According to a statement from his family, Sheldon died at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach on Thursday following post-operative complications due to a neck injury he sustained while exercising. He was surrounded by family and friends. SENT: 385 words, photos.


CHICAGO — A Chicago high school principal is being criticized after telling parents that she favors a conservative dress code to prevent sexual abuse. Chicago Public Schools officials are reviewing remarks by King College Prep High School's new principal, Melanie Beatty-Sevier. "There has been sexual abuse cases throughout the city of Chicago," Beatty-Sevier said at a recent meeting of the South Side school's Local School Council. "Why should we allow students to dress provocatively?" SENT: 285 words.


HAMMOND, Ind. — The father of two Indiana boys who drowned in a river has been charged with felony neglect in their deaths after allegedly telling police he had used heroin before taking his sons to the waterway. Eric J. Patillo, 34, was indicted Thursday on two counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in death. Levi Patillo, 4, and Evan Patillo, 2, were unresponsive Tuesday when witnesses pulled them from the Kankakee River near the Illinois state line , said Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez. SENT: 330 words.


WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has laid down rules aimed at preventing residents in high-tax states from avoiding a new cap on widely popular state and local tax deductions. The action under the new Republican tax law pits the government against high-tax, heavily Democratic states in an election-year showdown. The Treasury Department's rules released Thursday target moves by states like New York, New Jersey and California — where residents could see substantial increases in their federal tax bills next spring because of the $10,000 cap on state and local deductions. By Marcy Gordon And Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,100 words.


— IMMIGRANT PROTECTION-RAUNER: Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law prohibiting state cooperation in creating a Muslim registry and OK'd allowing non-citizens to receive professional licenses.

— CANDIDATE'S MONEY-GIVEAWAY: The Illinois State Board of Elections has cleared a Chicago mayoral candidate who handed out more than $200,000 to people at a church.

— UNITED BRANDS-EXPANSION: A commercial kitchen equipment company will relocate a factory in Mississippi, investing $9.5 million and creating 250 jobs.

— PARASITIC ILLNESS-MCDONALD'S: Federal health officials say they have confirmed more than 500 cases of people who became sick with an intestinal illness after eating McDonald's salads.

— FISH KILL-LIBERTYVILLE: Hundreds of fish died in a suburban community's lake when oxygen levels plummeted after an herbicide was applied to combat aquatic plants.

— FIRE-HISTORIC RESTAURANT: A celebrated suburban Chicago restaurant has been significantly damaged by fire. Owners of the Maple tree Inn say they'll rebuild.

— MATTOON-ILLINOIS SCHOOL SHOOTING: A teenager who shot another student at an Illinois school cafeteria has pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm.

— AARON SCHOCK-CORRUPTION CASE: A Chicago-based federal judge will preside over the public corruption trial of former Republican Congressman Aaron Schock.

— LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATE-CHILD SUPPORT: A child-support check sent to the wrong ex-wife has given the Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor 30 more days to rectify the late payment.

— HEARING AID BILL-YOUNG LOBBYIST: Gov. Bruce Rauner calls him "one of the youngest, most effective lobbyists" in Illinois. Hunter Martin's two-year lobbying effort ended this week when the Republican governor signed a law requiring insurance companies to pay for replacement hearing aids every three years for children under 18.



CHICAGO — Rookie David Bote struck again, connecting in the 10th inning for another game-ending home run that sent the Chicago Cubs over the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Friday for their third straight victory. Bote got behind 0-2 before driving Raisel Iglesias' next pitch deep to left field with one out. The infielder hit a bottom-of-the-ninth, two-out grand slam that beat Washington 4-3 on Aug. 12. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 630 words, photos.


DETROIT — Michael Fulmer returns to the mound for the Tigers after missing over a month with an oblique injury. Reynaldo Lopez starts for Chicago. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.



DETROIT — Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria has been cleared by doctors to rejoin the team, although it is not clear if he'll arrive in time for the start of Friday night's game at Detroit. Renteria has missed four games since experiencing lightheadedness Monday in Minnesota. Bench coach Joe McEwing has been managing the White Sox in his place. SENT: 230 words, photo.


MADISON, Ill. — The head of competition for IndyCar said Friday that Robert Wickens' car performed exactly as it was designed when it tore to pieces during a frightening wreck at Pocono, leaving the Canadian driver hospitalized with serious injuries to his spinal cord and extremities. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 780 words, photos.


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