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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



After more than a century behind bars, the beasts on boxes of animal crackers are roaming free. Mondelez International, the parent company of Nabisco, has redesigned the packaging of its Barnum's Animals crackers after relenting to pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Mondelez is based in Illinois, which passed a statewide ban on circuses with elephants that went into effect in January. By Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 450 words, photos. Moving in national services.


CHICAGO — Prosecutors have rested their case against one of the suspects in the 2013 death of a Chicago student who was shot just days after she performed with her high school band at President Barack Obama's inaugural festivities. On Tuesday, prosecutors could show jurors the video-recorded confession that accused gunman Micheail Ward gave to detectives. Ward's lawyers maintain police coerced him into confessing. The AP is monitoring and will have coverage on merits.


— CTA TRACKS-MAN DIES: Chicago police say a man died overnight when he fell onto Chicago Transit Authority tracks at the city's north side Fullerton stop. Police say the man fell off the CTA platform onto the tracks about 1:35 a.m. Tuesday.

— COUNTY BOARD CHAIRMAN-ADDICTION: The GOP has picked a replacement for the Lake County, Illinois, board chairman who ended his campaign for re-election and took a leave of absence for treatment of his drug addiction.

— SYNTHETIC DRUGS-SENTENCING: A federal judge has sentenced a central Illinois man to five years in prison for possession with intent to distribute synthetic cannabinoids, known as Spice and K2.

— CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD: A prosecutor says several Chicago police officers will be granted immunity from prosecution to compel them to testify at the murder trial of a former colleague accused of fatally shooting a black teenager.

— CHICAGO-RECREATION CENTER: Construction has started on a recreation facility on Chicago's West Side. The facility will be 100,000 square feet and include an indoor track, artificial turf field, basketball courts and community rooms.



DETROIT — The contending Chicago Cubs open a series with the rebuilding Detroit Tigers. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:10 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO — Eddie Rosario and the Minnesota Twins open a two-game series against Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox. The teams played a makeup game at Minnesota on Monday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT.


MINNEAPOLIS — Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria was staying in a Minnesota hospital overnight after complaining of lightheadedness. The 56-year-old Renteria was at the ballpark when the issue arose Monday night and was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center as a precaution. SENT: 120 words.


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