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CHICAGO (AP) - In a public life that has spanned more than 50 years, Jesse Jackson has taken on numerous roles as an activist, two-time presidential candidate, civil rights icon and family man. Jackson recently disclosed he has Parkinson's disease. He vows to continue fighting for the causes that have shaped his career.

DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago school superintendent who is to resign next month amid complaints about his conduct has denied sexual harassment. The Chicago Tribune reports Floyd Williams of Des Plaines District 62 issued a statement Friday. Earlier in the week the district announced he would resign Dec. 13 after sexual harassment allegations. Williams said he "did not engage in sexual harassment against anyone associated with" the district and he was "devastated" by the complaints.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - J.C. Caroline, a star University of Illinois running back in the 1950s who played for the Chicago Bears for a decade, has died at 84. The Walker Funeral Home in Champaign says Caroline died Friday at Carle Hospital. Caroline led the nation in rushing for Illinois in 1953 and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He signed with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes in 1955 before joining the Bears a year later, where he mainly played defensive back.

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A newspaper investigation has found that at least a dozen raffles conducted largely by veterans' organizations in southwest Illinois may not be in accordance with state law. The Belleville News-Democrat says its investigation revealed that some Queen of Hearts raffles appear to violate parts of the state's Raffles and Poker Runs Act. The raffles started gaining popularity over the last two years.

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