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 Herbert McCann 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO — The white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald says he had never before fired his gun at anyone and maintains the criminal case against him stems from political pressure. Officer Jason Van Dyke spoke with the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday, ahead of next week's scheduled start of jury selection in his trial over the 2014 confrontation in which dash cam video shows him shooting McDonald 16 times. SENT: 520 words, photos.



CHICAGO — A federal appeals court says the U.S. Fair Housing Act places obligations on landlords to protect LGBT tenants from harassment by other tenants. The new ruling by the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Court of Appeals sides with 70-year-old Marsha Wetzel. She accused a suburban Chicago senior living center of doing nothing to stop other residents from hurling homophobic slurs at her, spitting on her and even striking her because of her sexual orientation. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 420 words.



BETTENDORF, Iowa — Tour groups are getting safer views of the new bridge connecting Bettendorf, Iowa, and Moline, Illinois. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.


PEORIA, Ill. — A former central Illinois officer who was fired for inappropriate social media use says the posts were protected under the First Amendment. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


— MEDICAL MARIJUANA-OPIOIDS: Doctors in Illinois can now prescribe marijuana as a painkiller thanks to a new law intended to counter a growing opioid abuse epidemic.

— ILLINOIS RIVER BRIDGE: Booms rang out as explosive charges brought down a steel bridge that had spanned the Illinois River since 1936.

— DEADLY FIRE-CHICAGO: A Chicago Fire Department official says the cause of the apartment fire that claimed the lives of 10 children remains a mystery.

— ARSON CHARGES: Two teens have been charged with arson in a weekend fire at a southwestern Illinois house where 11 people were inside.

— JAIL ATTACK: An 18-year-old has been charged with breaking the back of a fellow inmate during a beating that happened a few days before he went on trial for raping a carjacking victim.

— SECRETARY OF STATE-2018: Illinois Secretary of State Jessie White is seeking a sixth term in the post, and his Republican opponent maintains he has been in the office too long.

— OBAMA LIBRARY: Former President Barack Obama visited his foundation's South Side Chicago offices to discuss the future of his presidential center, saying he's still committed to the Jackson Park location.



CHICAGO — Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs wrap up their series against the struggling New York Mets. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:20 p.m.


NEW YORK — The Chicago White Sox play the New York Yankees. 6:05 p.m.


The Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry is being renewed for the first time since 2014, and the trip to South Bend should offer a clue as to whether the Wolverines are ready to challenge for Big Ten East supremacy. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. 600 words, photos.


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