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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



BENTON, Ill. — The former treasurer of a southern Illinois city has been sentenced to 48 months in prison for embezzling more than $300,000 from the city over a four-year period. Ryan Thorpe was indicted by a federal grand jury on wire fraud and embezzlement from a local government charges. Thorpe was accused of stealing more than $315,000 from the city of Ziegler. SENT: 130 words.


— ILLINOIS HOUSE-SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will hire a human resources director and officer for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action to combat sexual harassment.

— OPRAH-CRUISE: Oprah Winfrey will serve as godmother of a new Holland America ship called the Nieuw Statendam (pronounced new STAHT-un-dam). In a video recorded with her pal Gayle King, Winfrey recounted "sailing to Alaska last year" on a Holland America ship, adding that she is "setting sail again." With AP Photo.

— DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-CHICAGO: Chicago may impose a new surcharge on home share rentals through sites such as Airbnb and use the money to provide more beds at domestic violence shelters. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday the 2 percent surcharge could generate about $1.3 million.

— HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT: Officials have begun to act on a $1 billion plan to redevelop an old Chicago hospital that's been vacant for more than a decade. Developers plan to turn at least part of the old Cook County Hospital on the city's West Side into a Hyatt hotel.

— CHILD PORNOGRAPHY-SENTENCING: A Chicago man who prosecutors say had girls write on their bodies that he owned them has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for child pornography.



MILWAUKEE — Left-hander Mike Montgomery (2-1) has allowed just two earned runs in three starts since returning to the rotation for the Cubs. He takes the hill Wednesday against Jhoulys Chacin (5-1) and the Milwaukee Brewers as the teams wrap up a three-game series. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 1:10 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO — Trevor Bauer and the Cleveland Indians take on Dylan Covey and the Chicago White Sox. Bauer is coming off a dominant start at Detroit, striking out 12 in eight innings in a 4-1 win. Covey is going for his third straight win. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT.


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