Former U.S. Senator Alan Dixon is being remembered as a dedicated public servant and a devoted advocate for Illinois.
Dixon died Sunday at the age of 86. He served two terms in the U.S. Senate before being unseated by Carol Moseley-Braun in the 1992 Democratic primary.
Prior to his time in the Senate, Dixon had served as Illinois Secretary of State and Treasurer, and had also served in the General Assembly. Dixon earned the nickname "Al The Pal" for a style that favored accommodation over confrontation.
His family says he died at home, one day before his 87th birthday.