South Africa

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CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge has issued an arrest warrant effective at midnight for a former U.S. congressman from Illinois who says he is staying in South Africa with his ill daughter.

Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds is free on bond in a federal tax case. U.S. District Judge John Darrah ordered the warrant issued Thursday.

Earlier Thursday, Reynolds told the judge in an open letter that he's staying abroad to care for his daughter in the African nation because she is suffering from scoliosis and may also have cervical cancer.

Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock is leading the congressional delegation traveling to South Africa to attend memorial services for Nelson Mandela. The delegation will join other elected officials and the South African people as they honor the life of President Mandela. Schock says he’s humbled to be leading his colleagues in tribute to the former South African President. He says he’s always had great respect for Mandela and the sacrifices he made for the people for South Africa.