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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The directors of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's Public Health and Veterans' Affairs departments spent hours Tuesday defending their response to an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at the Illinois Veterans' Home at Quincy, an epidemic that has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents since 2015. Public Health Director Dr. Nirav Shah and Erica Jeffries, director of Veterans' Affairs, said a detailed plan for managing Quincy's use of water, where the bacteria grow, has brought the problem under control. By Political Writer John O'Connor. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos pursuing.


—LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE-ILLINOIS-THE LATEST: The Latest on a legislative hearing about the Legionnaires' disease outbreak. Will be updated as developments occur.


CHICAGO — A bulk storage operator on Chicago's Southeast Side will stop storing toxic manganese outside and suspend barge transfers during intense winds to reduce harmful dust blowing into neighborhoods. The Chicago Tribune reports that the company agreed last month to follow a plan by the Chicago Department of Public Health after the mayor rejected the company's proposed overhaul of how it handles manganese. Health officials say the heavy metal used can permanently damage the nervous system. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — A Michigan man will serve a year of probation in connection with a drunken driving crash that killed his two adult daughters. The Herald-Palladium reports that Michael Sutherland was also ordered to pay nearly $2,900 in fines and costs, complete 480 of community service and pay $34,000 in restitution to Pamela Lester. Sutherland pleaded no contest in a plea deal last month to operating while intoxicated causing serious injury. SENT: 280 words.


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A new report predicts 18 states will introduce bills to regulate sports betting this year, with 11 having a good chance of passing one. Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, which tracks gambling legislation nationwide, says that's just the minimum; the firm predicts as many as 30 states could introduce sports betting bills. The U.S. Supreme Court this year will decide a case brought by New Jersey that seeks to overturn a ban on sports betting in all but four states. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 500 words.


—BUS SHOOTING-RESENTENCING: A Cook County judge has resentenced a man to 75 years in prison for the 2007 shooting death of a high school student on a Chicago bus.

—CHILD DEATH-MOTHER CHARGED: A 22-year-old Charleston woman who's charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old son is to be examined to see if she's mentally fit for trial.

—CHICAGO CRASH: Police say a 6-year-old boy is dead and an 8-year-old boy was seriously injured after being ejected from an SUV during a crash in Chicago.

—CATERPILLAR-HEADQUARTERS: Caterpillar Inc. for the first time has officially listed its address with the Securities and Exchange Commission as being in the Chicago suburb of Deerfield instead of Peoria.

—SCHOOL FUNDING-ILLINOIS: Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed school funding legislation, saying it wouldn't let about three dozen private schools participate in a new scholarship program.

—OBAMA LIBRARY: The proposed Obama Presidential Center has aroused the opposition of a group of University of Chicago professors, faculty and staff.

—STOLEN THEATER PROPS: The show will go on at a southern Illinois high school where theater props for "Seussical the Musical" were recently stolen.

—COLLEGE MENTORS: A nonprofit group in suburban Chicago is helping first-generation college students and minority students to be successful once they arrive on campus.

—PHEASANT SEASON-ILLINOIS: There's good news for hunters who were lamenting the end of controlled pheasant hunting season in Illinois.

—AURORA-ULTIMATE FRISBEE: Aurora officials will host a major ultimate Frisbee event this summer when USA Ultimate brings its 2018 Masters Championships to the area.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears introduce former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as the franchise's 16th head coach. An assistant to Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City the past 10 years, Nagy was hired Monday to replace the fired John Fox. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Developing from 1 p.m. CT news conference.


CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls say guard Zach LaVine will make his debut with his new team 11 months after having surgery on a torn ACL in his left knee. LaVine, who was acquired in a draft-day trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves, is expected to start Saturday when the Bulls host the Pistons. The team intends to limit LaVine to 20 minutes per game to ease him back into the rotation. By Dan Hayes. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words.


OTTAWA, Ontario — The Chicago Blackhawks are on the road Tuesday to take on the Ottawa Senators. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. CT.


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