The Gentleman from Illinois
Stories from Forty Years of Elective Public Service
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Southern Illinois University Press
During a more than four-decade span in elective office that saw him rise from local police magistrate to inclusion in his Democratic Party’s leadership in the U.S. Senate, Dixon exemplified the best in American public life. His fellow Illinoisans and eventually people across the country were better for it. ...
Consequently, I humbly have set forth the following tale, a compilation of down-to-earth insights into politics at the local, state, and national levels. I have pulled no bones in telling my story, which in order to ensure truthfulness contains warts as well the high points. ...
1. The Early Years
The flamboyant years of the Roaring Twenties were nearing an end when I was born July 7, 1927, in Belleville, the southwestern Illinois city that would remain my hometown throughout my life. ...
2. Serving in the Illinois Statehouse
During the early part of 1950, an election year, it became clear there might be a contest in the primary balloting for the two nominations for state representative on the Democratic ticket in the Forty-Ninth Legislative District, which covered Saint Clair County. ...
3. An Illinois State Senator
I was becoming disappointed by my failure to advance to a higher level in the state’s politics. I had appeared before the slate-making panel of state party leaders on several occasions, asking to be backed for nomination for a higher office. But others had been selected. ...
Gallery of Illustrations
4. Treasurer and Secretary of State
It is a fine job, one with no heavy lifting. I personally think it should be eliminated as an elective office. Frankly, I believe there are too many elective offices in most states, including an excess of counties with elective offices. And then there are all the elected officials in the small cities and townships in most states. ...
5. U.S. Senator Alan J. Dixon
I remember the day I got the call—February 24, 1979—because for a winter day the weather was quite benign, almost like Indian summer. I was in Belleville at the time attending to several personal matters, one of which was a visit to my dermatologist. ...
6. Going Home
After my defeat in the primary election in 1992, I had to complete my last year in the Senate as a lame duck. I can tell you this was not the most fun period in my long career of public service. ...
Page Count: 384
Publication Year: 2013
OCLC Number: 855906418
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