Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 1:30 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. Ken Kusmer 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ARMY FUTURES COMMAND-Q&A

The U.S. Army is scouting large cities to find a home for a new command headquarters so it will be close to academia and industry, a first for the service. The new command will focus on what the Army of the future should look like. The Army wants to be near experts in technology and innovation who can help figure that out. Fifteen cities were in contention: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; New York; Philadelphia; Raleigh, North Carolina; San Diego; San Francisco; and Seattle. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 810 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

THOMSON PRISON

THOMSON, Ill. — A prison in northwestern Illinois will be completely activated by the end of next year, a Bureau of Prisons official said. The Thomson Administrative U.S. Penitentiary could have up to 600 employees, Sauk Valley Media reported. The government originally had projected that the facility could employ up to 1,100 people. SENT: 210 words.

EXCHANGE-PASSIONATE ARTIST

QUINCY, Ill. — Disobeying his parents' wishes set off a chain of events that led to Bob Mejer's 50-year career as an artist and art professor. Growing up in South Bend, Indiana, the University of Notre Dame was along the two-mile path Mejer walked home from football practice. Always curious, he scampered into a building one day, even though his parents had told him to come straight home. Wandering the halls, he made his way into the O'Shaughnessy Art Gallery and, while admiring the busts and sculptures, he ran into a group of students. By Matt Dutton. The Herald-Whig. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-GIVING BACK

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — After nearly 20 years of teaching elementary school, Belleville native Melissa Schwalenberg is taking a long coffee break to give back to local kids and adults in a different way. The mother of five recently opened Coffee with Christ, a new cafe and meeting place in Belleville. At first glance, the shop looks like a typical coffeehouse, but if you take a closer look, you'll find Schwalenberg's ways of giving back sprinkled throughout the cafe. Not far from the cash register at Coffee with Christ, there's a colorful wall of sticky notes where patrons can promote kindness. Each handwritten note offers a free oatmeal, free yogurt, free drink or meal credit to a person in need of a pick-me-up, or someone who might not have enough money to pay their bill. By Cara Anthony. Belleville News-Democrat. SENT: 550 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— CHICAGO VIOLENCE: Chicago police say at least three people have died and eight other have been injured in shootings during a three-hour span on the city's south and west sides.

— THREE DEAD: Police in west suburban Chicago says three members of the same family have been found dead in a home.

— SEX OFFENDER-CAPTURED: A Southern Illinois man who was arrested on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender and disappeared last year after he posted bail has been arrested in Tennessee.

— ORDERS OF PROTECTION: A new automated system will alert some Illinois domestic violence victims when an order of protection they filed has been served, helping victims to better protect themselves.

SPORTS:

BBN--PIRATES-CUBS

CHICAGO — Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs go for the weekend sweep and their 12th win in 14 games when they wrap up their series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kyle Hendricks starts for Chicago, with Ivan Nova expected to come off the disabled list for Pittsburgh. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:20 p.m.

BBA--WHITE SOX-RED SOX

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox play the finale of a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

MMA--UFC 225

CHICAGO — Robert Whittaker barely got the fight to the judges before they handed him a win in a grueling rematch. Whittaker survived a staggering blow in the fifth round to beat Yoel Romero in a split decision at UFC 225 on Saturday night. By Patrick Rose. SENT: 780 words, photos.

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