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September 16, 2014, 2:26 am
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Veteran Springfield Political Figure Gene Callahan Dies At 80


A longtime Springfield political figure has passed away. 

 

Gene Callahan died early Monday morning.  Callahan was a newspaper reporter who then became an aide to former Illinois Governor Sam Shapiro and Lieutenant Governor Paul Simon… and spent years as a top staffer for Alan Dixon in state government and in the U.S. Senate. 

 

After Dixon’s defeat in 1992, Callahan became a top lobbyist for Major League Baseball.  He was the father of Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. Gene Callahan was 80.  

 

A celebration of Callahan’s life is planned for this Friday from 2 to 6pm at Norb Andy’s downtown.  Staab Polk Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.

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