The building housing the Illinois State Museum in Springfield is now named in honor of former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon, who died last year.  A plaque has been installed on the outside of the museum building with Dixon’s picture on it, and his accomplishments in 43 years of politics.  And, as the Rev. Al Riddley, a longtime friend of Dixon, says, it also includes a quote from fellow late former Sen. Paul Simon.
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"He called Sen. Dixon ‘a moderate man who placed practicality above partisanship, and served both the state and the nation well,’” Ridley said at a dedication ceremony today (Wednesday).
Gov. Bruce Rauner says he didn’t know Alan Dixon well, but he wishes he did. “I met him on several occasions, got to shake his hand, got to visit with him,” says Rauner. “What a good man with a good heart -- just a good person who cared deeply about the people of Illinois.”
Rauner thanked the Dixon family for sharing their father and husband with all of Illinois, and calls Dixon’s son Jeffrey “a chip off the old block.”
Dixon was:
  • Belleville police magistrate (1949)
  • Illinois state representative (1951-63)
  • Illinois state senator (1963-71)
  • Illinois treasurer (1971-77)
  • Illinois secretary of state (19-1981)
  • U.S. senator (1981-93)
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