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Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Illinois. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to AP-Illinois News Editor Hugh Dellios at 312-781-0500 or hdellios@ap.org.

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UPCOMING TODAY:

ILLINOIS GOVERNOR-DEBATE

CHICAGO — With two weeks left before the March 18 primary, the four candidates vying for the 2014 Republican nomination for governor face off in a debate hosted by NBC5 and the University of Chicago. The four contenders — state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady, businessman Bruce Rauner and state treasurer Dan Rutherford — have increasingly turned to criticizing each other as election day nears, and early voting began Monday. The debate begins at 6 p.m. and will last 90 minutes, with last 30 minutes being Q&A with the audience. By Sophia Tareen and Sara Burnett. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Developing from debate that begins at 6 p.m.

ALZHEIMER's BUDDIES

CHICAGO — At age 80, retired Chicago physician and educator Dan Winship is getting a bittersweet last chance to teach about medicine — only this time he's the subject. In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, Winship is giving a young medical student a close-up look at a devastating illness affecting millions of patients worldwide. The two are part of a "buddy" program pairing doctors-to-be with dementia patients, pioneered at Northwestern University and adopted at a handful of other medical schools. Besides offering students a unique perspective on a disease they're likely to encounter during their careers, the programs give patients a sense of purpose and a chance to stay socially engaged before their illness eventually robs their minds. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.

XGR-POISON CENTER

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Efforts are underway to save the Illinois Poison Center, a Chicago-based call center that handles about 82,000 cases each year, which has no funding commitment after the fiscal year that ends June 30. State Sen. Don Harmon and State Rep. Camille Lilly, who have introduced identical pieces of legislation in each chamber, want to fund the center by earmarking two cents a month from Illinois customers' cellphone bills. UPCOMING: 300 words, developing from 2 p.m. hearing.

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DODGE DART-LAYOFFS

BELVIDERE, Ill. — Chrysler has temporarily laid off 325 employees because of poor sales of the new Dodge Dart that's being assembled at the auto maker's Belvidere plant in northern Illinois. The Rockford Register Star reports that Chrysler Group LLC confirmed the layoffs Monday hours after releasing its February sales figures. The layoffs will last through the rest of the week. U.S. sales of the Dart fell 37 percent, while overall sales for the company rose 11 percent from February of last year. Sales of the Dart have not kept up with those of other compact sedans since its debut in 2012. SENT: 300 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-AIRPLANE MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

PEORIA, Ill. — Dr. Raymond Bertino has been both the volunteer and the victim when an airline attendant asked over the intercom, "Is there a doctor on the plane?" A radiologist with Central Illinois Radiological Associates, Bertino has volunteered to help airline passengers in medical emergencies three times in his career. He suffered his own medical emergency somewhere over the Mediterranean Sea during a flight to Greece for a family vacation in 2007. None of the incidents was serious, medically speaking. But they turned Bertino into a serious student of the lows of dealing with medical emergencies high in the air. By Pam Adams. (Peoria) Journal Star. SENT: 605 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— SOUTH AFRICA-CONGRESSMAN: Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds said Tuesday he is in hiding in South Africa after being deported from Zimbabwe because he fears for his life. SENT: 130 words. May be updated.

— CONCEALED CARRY-ILLINOIS: Illinois gun owners are getting ready to rally in Springfield as part of an effort to convince legislators to relax firearm regulations. SENT: 130 words.

— VIOLENCE PROGRAM-AUDIT: A Republican legislative leader wants a federal review of a Chicago anti-violence program ordered by Gov. Pat Quinn. SENT: 130 words.

— COLLEGE TUITION-LEGISLATION: An Illinois state lawmaker says he's sponsoring legislation that would give what could amount to interest-free loans to college students. SENT: 130 words.

— HEALTH CARE FRAUD: A physician and a chiropractor with offices in suburban Chicago and several others have been indicted on charges they took part in a $2.98 million health care fraud scheme. SENT: 130 words.

FATAL FIRE: Investigators say no foul play is suspected in a fatal house fire that killed two people in the rural northern Illinois community of Earlville. SENT: 130 words.

— ILLINOIS COURTS-CIVIL JUSTICE: The Illinois Supreme Court is formalizing services to improve access to the judicial system, particularly for low-income people. SENT: 130 words.

— ILLINOIS ECONOMY-WINTER: Illinois' economic growth slowed in February and a University of Illinois economist says you can probably blame it on the weather. SENT: 130 words.

— GREAT LAKES-WASHINGTON: Great Lakes advocates are meeting in Washington, D.C., this week to lobby for funding of environmental projects and to discuss strategies for dealing with challenges such as invasive species. SENT: 130 words.

— DUI CRASH-WOMAN KILLED: A southwestern Illinois man has been sentenced to eight years in prison in a 2012 drunken-driving wreck that killed a passenger in the other vehicle. SENT: 130 words.

— TELEVISION CAMERAMAN ATTACKED-CHARGES: A western Illinois man is free on bond after being accused of battering and intimidating a television station's cameraman during a remote broadcast. SENT: 130 words.

— DRUG RING-RECRUITERS: Two men face up to life in prison and possible $10 million fines for helping recruit drivers and couriers in a Texas drug trafficking ring. SENT: 130 words. SENT: 130 words.

— UNIVERSITY LOCKDOWN-PLEA: A student and football player who's now living in Illinois won't serve jail time for writing Facebook posts that prompted an hour-long lockdown of a North Dakota college last fall. SENT: 130 words.

— NORTHWESTERN-NASA EXPERIMENTS: Five Northwestern University students are set to ride in NASA's zero gravity aircraft named the "Vomit Comet." SENT: 130 words.

— PULASKI DAY-QUINN: Gov. Pat Quinn has taken the opportunity to highlight the crisis in Ukraine as he marked a Polish-born soldier's contribution to American independence. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

HKN--AVALANCHE-BLACKHAWKS

CHICAGO — It's back to the United Center for Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks to take on the Colorado Avalanche after beating the snow, the cold and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field on Saturday. Toews had two goals and an assist in that game, and the reigning champions flexed their muscle in a 5-1 victory over the Penguins in a possible Stanley Cup preview. The Blackhawks are facing another difficult opponent, and they'll have to make do without Marian Hossa, who's expected to miss two to three weeks because of an upper-body injury. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

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