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 chifax@ap.org. Caryn Rousseau 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TODAY:

SEXUAL ORIENTATION-FAIR HOUSING ACT

CHICAGO — A federal appeals court is considering a woman's bid to revive her lawsuit that alleges a Chicago-area senior living facility did nothing to stop residents from harassing her because of her sexual orientation. Tuesday's hearing at the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals comes a year after a lower court tossed the lawsuit filed by the 70-year-old woman. If the appeals court reinstates it, the case could help establish that federal Fair Housing Act protections extend to LGBT tenants. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. Developing from oral arguments scheduled for 9:30 a.m. CT.

XGR_SCHOOL FUNDING

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois Senate committee on Tuesday seeks answers from state education administrators about disbursement of extra money promised to public schools this year from the funding-formula overhaul approved last summer. By Political Writer John O'Connor. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits. Developing from 1:30 p.m. CT hearing.

XGR_TOBACCO RESTRICTIONS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois Senate committee on Tuesday considers legislation barring the sale of tobacco products to people under 21. By Sarah Zimmerman. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits. Developing from 1:30 p.m. CT hearing.

OBIT-JOHN MAHONEY

LOS ANGELES — John Mahoney, who as the cranky, blue-collar dad in "Frasier" played counterpoint to pompous sons Frasier and Niles, has died. Mahoney was 77. The actor died Sunday in Chicago after a brief hospitalization, Paul Martino, his manager for more than 30 years, said Monday. The cause of death was not immediately provided. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 500 words, photos. Moved previously and available for use.

IN BRIEF:

—SIUE-FREE SPEECH: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville has settled a lawsuit alleging the school violated First Amendment rights by limiting free speech to a small area on campus.

—WORKER TIPS-ATTORNEYS GENERAL: Attorneys general in over a dozen states oppose a federal Department of Labor proposal to let employers control the tips of some hourly employees.

—CHICAGO FIRE: Authorities say two elderly people have been found dead following a fire at an apartment in Chicago.

—FIELD MUSEUM-CHICAGO: Sue, the largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found, is being moved to a new exhibition space at Chicago's Field Museum.

—TOWNSHIP OFFICIAL-UNPAID FINES: A southern Illinois township official has been thrown off the ballot due to $125,000 in unpaid fines for failing to file timely campaign contribution reports.

—O'HARE AIRPORT-AFRICA: Chicago's O'Hare International Airport will soon offer its first direct flights to Africa.

—SINGAPORE-BOEING: Boeing announced more than $900 million in orders on Tuesday at the Singapore Airshow from companies in the region and beyond.

SPORTS:

HKN--FLAMES-BLACKHAWKS

CHICAGO — Chicago looks to avoid its second loss to Calgary in four days when the Blackhawks host the Flames. Calgary beat Chicago in overtime Saturday on Sean Monahan's goal, snapping a six-game losing streak. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. CT.

BKC--T25-MICHIGAN-NORTHWESTERN

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Charles Matthews and No. 20 Michigan look to beat Northwestern for the second time in eight days. The Wolverines are coming off back-to-back wins, including a 58-47 victory over the Wildcats last week. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CT.

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