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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



NAPERVILLE, Ill. — When the Democratic Party told Lauren Underwood she needed to raise $100,000 in six weeks to get her campaign for Congress off the ground, she wasn't sure what to do. The nurse from suburban Chicago had never run for office, and her fundraising experience was mostly limited to selling Girl Scout cookies for $4 a box. "Why would I know how to do this?" recalls the 31-year-old, who missed that target but went on to defeat six men in her Democratic primary and become one of the party's top prospects in November. "We were figuring it out, the whole way through." By Sara Burnett. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.



WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama's recent denunciation of President Donald Trump's treatment of the press overlooks the aggressive steps the Justice Department took to keep information from the public during his administration. Obama also made a problematic claim that Republican "sabotage" has cost 3 million people their health insurance. Obama campaigned in Illinois and California last week, with more politicking planned. By Calvin Woodward and Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.



CHICAGO — A woman who drives for FedEx has become the first African American chosen to sit on the jury in the murder trial of a white Chicago police officer charged in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. The woman was one of two people selected Wednesday to sit on the jury in the trial of Officer Jason Van Dyke and brings to seven the number of jurors selected. A white man was also selected. SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated on merits.



NEW YORK — Emboldened by the #MeToo movement, McDonald's workers have voted to stage a one-day strike next week at restaurants in 10 cities in hopes of pressuring management to take stronger steps against on-the-job sexual harassment. Organizers say it will be the first multistate strike in the U.S. specifically targeting sexual harassment. Organizers said the strike would target multiple restaurants — but not every local McDonald's — in each of the 10 cities: Chicago; Durham, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Los Angeles; Miami; Milwaukee; New Orleans; Orlando, Florida; San Francisco and St. Louis. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 700 words, photos.


— CHICAGO AIRPORT-STABBING: Authorities say a man stabbed another man during an argument near a parking area at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport before a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer intervened to stop the knife attack.

— UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS ENROLLMENT: The University of Illinois says it has a system-wide record number of students enrolled for the fall semester, including an eighth straight year of record enrollment at its main campus in Champaign-Urbana.

— PEORIA-HOTEL AUCTION: A bankruptcy auction of two Peoria hotels was called off after the effort attracted no bidders. As a result of Tuesday's action, the Marriott Pere Marquette and the adjoining Courtyard by Marriott will be acquired by the union pension fund that provided the hotels' financing.



CHICAGO — Kyle Hendricks and Chase Anderson pitch in the finale as the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers wrap up their three-game series on Wednesday. The NL Central-leading Cubs beat the Brewers 3-0 Tuesday behind a dominant Jose Quintana to regain a two-game lead. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:05 p.m. CT.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Heath Fillmyer starts for the Royals and Carlos Rodon is on the mound for the White Sox on Wednesday as the down-and-out AL Central rivals conclude their three-game series. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:15 p.m. CT.


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