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Ill. leaders to pay tribute to Mandela in South Africa

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

Illinois leaders heading to a Nelson Mandela tribute in South Africa include the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Republican U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock.

Jackson was in Capetown in 1990 when Mandela was released from prison after 27 years. The two men met several times after that.

Jackson says there are parallels between the struggle for civil rights in the U.S. and the dismantling of the apartheid system in South Africa. Jackson is traveling Tuesday with members of his Chicago-based Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

Schock is a Peoria Republican. He says he has great respect for Mandela and the sacrifices he made.

President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro are also expected to be among those attending and are said to be guest speakers.

Mandela's memorial services will take place Tuesday in Johannesburg. Many are already camping out to be the first ones allowed inside.

After the ceremony, Mandela's body will lie in state for three days in Pretoria, South Africa's capital. He will be buried on Sunday in his rural home town.

Mandela died Thursday at age 95.

The FOX 32 News contributed to this report.

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