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 chifax@ap.org. Herbert McCann is on the desk. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

CHICAGO-O'HARE EXPRESS

CHICAGO — Entrepreneur Elon Musk said Thursday a high-speed transportation system that will whisk people between downtown Chicago and O'Hare International Airport at speeds of up to 150 mph could be operational in about three years. Musk joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to formally announce that a Musk-owned enterprise, The Boring Company, was selected for the project and will fully fund it. They say electric vehicles will carry passengers through underground tunnels in about 12 minutes each way. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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ELON MUSK-DREAM PROJECTS

CHICAGO — A newly announced project by billionaire innovator Elon Musk for a tunnel transit system that would carry travelers to and from Chicago O'Hare International Airport at up to 150 mph (241 kph) is just another project on a growing list of Musk dream projects. A look at some of the SpaceX and Tesla CEO's most ambitious projects, where they stand now and some hurdles to their completion. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 600 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

ILLINOIS-STATE PAY RAISES

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Labor Relations Board is moving forward with giving step increases to unionized state workers. Step increases are automatic raises that workers receive sometime during the first decade of their careers. About 15,000 union members are eligible for the increases. The board rejected a request from Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration to hold another hearing about the issue before money is paid out. SENT: 245 words.

POLICE TORTURE-CHARGES DISMISSED

CHICAGO — The conviction of a man for the murder of two Chicago police officers 40 years ago was overturned Thursday by a Cook County judge who cited alleged police torture in the case. Judge William Hooks tossed out the confession of Jackie Wilson that he fatally shot officers Richard O'Brien and William Fahey in 1982 and order a new trial. Wilson, 57, alleged former police Cmdr. Jon Burge and his subordinates tortured him into confessing to the shootings. Wilson had been serving a life sentence in prison. SENT: 340 words.

SCHOOL BOARD-PARDON

WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted a school board member a pardon for his nearly 40-year-old felony conviction, according to a state official. Jeff McBride's petition was one of five the governor granted last month, Illinois Prisoner Review Board Chief Legal Counsel Jason Sweat told The Lake County News-Sun. Rauner denied clemency in nearly 60 other petitions. "(It's a) wonderful thing, not just for Jeff, but for the voters of Waukegan," said Marty Shaffer, McBride's attorney. SENT: 290 words.

BUSINESS:

MICROSOFT-AUTOMATED CHECKOUT

Microsoft is working on automated checkout technology that could help retailers compete with Amazon's new cashier-less stores. One firm building automated checkout systems, Ava Retail, said Thursday it is working with Microsoft on the technology for physical stores. Amazon opened its first cashier-less Amazon Go store in Seattle this year and plans more locations in Chicago and San Francisco. SENT: 230 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— DANVILLE-POLICE SHOOTING: Friends and relatives of a man fatally shot by Danville police want more information about what happened.

— UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO-TESTS: Scores from the SAT or ACT will be optional for students applying to the University of Chicago.

— SUPREME COURT JUSTICE: The second black justice in the Illinois Supreme Court's 170-year history is preparing to take the oath of office.

—HEAT WARNING: The National Weather Service says high temperatures in the middle to possibly upper 90s Saturday through Monday will lead to potentially hazardous conditions in Chicago.

— AIRPORT GRANTS: Three Illinois regional airports are receiving nearly $12 million in federal grants to make improvements to runways and terminals.

— CHICAGO POLICE-DOUBLE FATAL: The trial of a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Chicago resulting from the 2015 fatal police shooting of a teenager and a grandmother is set to start with jury selection.

— SIU STUDENT-DEATH: Closing arguments are set to begin in trial of man charged with first-degree murder in the February 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student.

SPORTS:

INDIANS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO — Francisco Lindor sensed the Cleveland Indians needed a lift coming off back-to-back losses. Nothing like a leadoff homer or a late tiebreaking drive to get the job done. Lindor and Jose Ramirez connected, Mike Clevinger struck out 11 in seven innings and the Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2 on Thursday afternoon. Lindor opened the game against Carlos Rodon with his 15th home run. He also singled and scored in the seventh when Ramirez broke a 2-all tie with a two-run drive to right-center against Chris Volstad (1-4) for his 20th homer. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 710 words, photos.

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