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 Herbert McCann is on the desk.

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SPRINGFIELD — State prison officials say they can't provide information about an incident at an Illinois prison that left an inmate dead because they've surrendered all records to federal investigators — a response that has stunned ex-federal prosecutors and detectives. The Associated Press requested documents related to the May 17 incident at Western Illinois Correctional Center. The Illinois Department of Corrections denied disclosure under exceptions to the Freedom of Information Act. When the AP appealed, IDOC told the Illinois Attorney General's office that it gave everything to the FBI, which is investigating the incident. By AP Political Writer John O'Connor. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


CHICAGO — EDITOR'S NOTE: On Aug. 28, 1968, the delegates to the Democratic National Convention voted down a peace plank by a tally of 1,500 to 1,000. It put the match to the Chicago powder keg. Hours after the afternoon vote, hundreds of demonstrators waged war with police on the streets of Chicago. "The whole world is watching," the protesters chanted. " An investigatory commission later described the scene as a "police riot." Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey was nominated for the presidential race, but it was the hollowest of victories. The polls showed Republican Richard Nixon with a commanding lead. Fifty years after the bloody confrontation, The Associated Press is making its story written that day by James R. Peipert available with photos. SENT: 1,500 words. AP Photos planned.



URBANA, Ill. — Starting next fall, the University of Illinois will be offering eight semesters of free tuition and fees to qualified in-state students whose family income is below $61,000 annually. Called Illinois Commitment, it is part of an effort to keep talented students of modest means from seeking their college education from outside the state. The offer is worth at least $15,000, depending on the student's major. Chancellor Robert Jones says university officials believe the program has the potential to attract students who have not taken a serious look at the university. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.


SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a bill that would have raised the minimum salary for full-time public school teachers $40,000 within five years. Legislators approved the bill in May that would have increased the minimum full-time teacher pay, saying it would help attract and keep more teachers. The bill would have increased minimum pay to $32,076 for the 2019-2020 school year, $34,576 for 2020-2021, $37,076 for 2021-2022 and $40,000 for 2022-2023. SENT: 260 words.


CHAMPAIGN — New defense filings in the 2017 slaying of a University of Illinois scholar from China is shedding light on why federal officials presume the missing scholar is dead. Upcoming: 320 words.


DAVENPORT, Iowa — An Illinois man will stand trial for a third time in the 1990 killing of a 9-year-old girl in Iowa after courts overturned his two previous convictions for the slaying. Stanley Liggins will go on trial Tuesday on one count of first-degree murder in the death of Jennifer Lewis, The Quad-City Times reported. Lewis disappeared from her Rock Island, Illinois, neighborhood and her burned remains were found in September 1990 near a school in neighboring Davenport, which is just across the Mississippi River. SENT: 290 words.


CHICAGO — Investigators seeking the cause of Chicago's deadliest fire in well over a decade were searching the porch area where the blaze started for evidence of fireworks, cigarettes or other smoking materials, a fire official said Monday. Fire department spokesman Larry Langford said children had been known to have set off fireworks from the porch of the Southwest Side apartment that caught fire before dawn on Sunday, killing six children and two adults and leaving a boy and a man in "very" critical condition. By Don Babwin. SENT: 340 words, photos.





CHICAGO — Marijuana's main mind-altering ingredient was detected in nursing mothers' breast milk in a small study that comes amid evidence that more U.S. women are using pot during pregnancy and afterward. Experts say the ingredient, THC, has chemical properties that could allow it to disrupt brain development and potentially cause harm, although solid evidence of that is lacking. By AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 800 words.


— ILLINOIS-LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE: Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring quarterly reports on the health of veterans under state care after a Legionnaires' disease crisis at a state-run veterans' home.

—BOY SHOT-KANKAKEE: Police say an 8-year-old boy was shot to death in what was apparently a terrible accident in the northern Illinois city of Kankakee.

—U OF ILLINOIS-INNOVATION CENTER: The University of Illinois has picked one of its own professors to head an effort to build and operate a major innovation center in Chicago's South Loop.

—SOUTHERN ILLINOIS-FILM COMMISSION: A new organization is trying to get more filmmakers and production companies to film their movies in southern Illinois.

— JAIL BOOKS: An appeals court has breathed life back into a lawsuit alleging policies at Cook County Jail in Illinois that limit the number of books inmates can have at a time violates their First Amendment rights.



CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs send Jon Lester to the mound when they try for their sixth straight win in the opener of a three-game series against the New York Mets. Noah Syndergaard pitches for New York. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game times 7:05 p.m. CT.


NEW YORK — The Chicago White Sox begin a three-game series against the Yankees in New York on Monday night. Carlos Rodon (5-3) starts for the White Sox against Masahiro Tanaka (9-4). UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game times 6:05 p.m. CT.


Lucas Giolito of the Chicago White Sox, currently bringing up the rear among pitchers who qualify for the ERA title, notched his 10th victory of the season Saturday night, which is two more than major league ERA leader Jacob deGrom has. DeGrom's plight has been well documented. Pitching for the woeful Mets, he's 8-8 with a 1.71 ERA. Giolito is 10-9 with a 5.85 ERA. It's a stark example of why a pitcher's won-lost record can be deceiving, but Giolito's progress is worth watching over the final few weeks of the season. The White Sox are 18-17 since the All-Star break and showing signs that their rebuild is heading in the right direction. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 600 words, photo.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Senior transfer AJ Bush was named starting quarterback for Illinois on Monday, beating out last year's starter and a promising true freshman. Less than a week before the season opener at home against Kent State, Illini coach Lovie Smith said he chose Bush primarily because of his work on the practice field — and his leadership skills. "I was excited about what AJ did on the practice field," Smith said. SENT: 495 words, photo.


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Cole Kelley ended last season on suspension from the Arkansas football program after his arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. After an offseason that included a coaching change and an effort to regain the trust of his teammates, Kelley will begin this year under center for the Razorbacks. First-year Arkansas coach Chad Morris announced the decision to start Kelley in this weekend's opener against Eastern Illinois on Monday. By Kurt Voigt. SENT: 380 words, photo.

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