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.

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CHICAGO — A jury could soon get the case of a man who prosecutors say shot and killed a 15-year-old high school honor student who became a national symbol of Chicago gun violence. Closing arguments are planned Thursday in the case of Micheail Ward, who is accused of shooting Hadiya Pendleton as she and several other students visited a park at the end of a school day in 2013. Ward's co-defendant, Kenneth Williams, was found guilty by a separate jury Wednesday of charges including first-degree murder. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 300 words, more on merits. Developing from morning court session.


CHICAGO — Democrats aren't ready to embrace the I-word. As the party faithful gathered in Chicago on Wednesday for the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting, Chairman Tom Perez ticked off the growing list of legal troubles for Trump and other Republicans. An "out-of-control" situation, he said, demands that voters "put up guardrails" by returning Democrats to power. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 800 words, photos.


— FORD HEIGHTS-EX-MAYOR CHARGED: A former mayor of the Chicago suburb of Ford Heights has been arrested on felony theft and misconduct charges. The Cook County sheriff's office says Charles Griffin is accused of siphoning more than $147,000 of public funds into two secret bank accounts when he mayor from 2009 to 2017.

— GUN CHARGES-GUILTY PLEA: A 31-year-old Chicago man has pleaded guilty to federal gun charges for illegally selling more than a dozen firearms.

— PARAMEDIC-DRUG THEFT: A former Illinois paramedic has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison for stealing morphine and fentanyl from ambulances. A jury in East St. Louis convicted 44-year-old Jason Laut of O'Fallon on nearly 40 felony counts, including wire fraud and falsifying medical records.

— DUQUOIN STATE FAIR-MOO MOO CLASSIC: The Moo Moo Classic is back to serve as the unofficial opening of the DuQuoin State Fair.

— EDGAR-CHICAGO CASINO: Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar, once an opponent of land-based casinos, now says he favors casino expansion, including one in Chicago.

— ELDERLY-BANKER FRAUD: A former suburban Chicago banker has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $328,000 from three elderly customers.

— MICHIGAN PIPELINE-LAWSUIT: Two advocacy groups say the U.S. Coast Guard doesn't have an adequate strategy for dealing with oil spills in the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan. The Coast Guard approved a plan last year for responding to spills in northern Michigan, including the Straits of Mackinac.



CHICAGO — Cole Hamels (3-0) takes the mound for the Cubs as they start a four-game home series against Cincinnati on Thursday night. Anthony DeSclafani (6-3) is expected to start for the Reds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:05 p.m. CT.


DETROIT — The Tigers and White Sox open a four-game series in Detroit on Thursday. Matthew Boyd (7-11) takes the mound for the Tigers against James Shields (5-14), who could be pitching the final game of his White Sox career as his name has been mentioned prominently in regard to the Aug. 31 waivers trade deadline. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 12:10 p.m. CT


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