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 Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herb McCann. For up-to-the minute information on AP's coverage, visit Coverage Plan at

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Authorities say a man charged in a shooting that left three men dead and a 4-year-old boy wounded at a central Illinois apartment complex has been arrested during a Wisconsin drug bust. Police in Bloomington, Illinois, say Milwaukee police took 25-year-old Sydney T. Mays Jr. into custody Thursday, along with several others suspected of drug offenses. SENT: 125 words.


— PARASITIC ILLNESS: Health officials in Illinois and Iowa are investigating an increase in people becoming sick from a parasite that causes intestinal illness.

— WABASH RIVER-BODY: Western Indiana police say an Illinois man whose body was found in the Wabash River apparently drowned while trying to swim across the river.

— FEDERAL FUNDING-ILLINOIS TODDLERS: Programs that help babies and young children and their low-income families in suburban Chicago are getting nearly $3 million.

— GOVERNOR'S MANSION: Gov. Bruce Rauner and first lady Diana Rauner are officially reopening the Illinois Governor's Mansion after a more than two-year renovation.

— GREAT LAKES-FIRE RETARDANTS: A U.S.-Canadian agency is suggesting ways the two nations can help prevent flame-retardant chemicals from polluting the Great Lakes.



SAN DIEGO — The visiting Chicago Cubs play the San Diego Padres. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 9:10 p.m.


CHICAGO — James Shields and Brad Kelly square off as the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals open a three-game series. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


SILVIS, Ill. — Steve Wheatcroft takes a one-shot lead into the second round of the John Deere Classic. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.


HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — Kenny Perry and Mike Small share a one-stroke lead to the second round of the Constellation Senior Players Championship. The two shot 7-under 65s on Thursday, with Bart Bryant, Glen Day and 2015 U.S. Senior Open champion Jeff Maggert one stroke back. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


WHEATON, Ill. — Elaine Crosby takes a one-stroke lead to the second round of the inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open, with Trish Johnson, Laura Davies and Liselotte Neumann right behind her. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


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