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.