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October 23, 2014, 5:04 am
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Former Newspaper Man Gene Callahan Remembered By Both Sides


Politicians on both sides of the aisle are remembering Gene Callahan for his honesty and integrity.

 

Callahan was a former newspaperman who became a right-hand man for Democratic politicians including Paul Simon and Alan Dixon. Callahan’s other love was baseball… and after leaving politics, he became the sport’s first full-time lobbyist.

 

Callahan died early Monday at his Springfield home. Democrats like Governor Pat Quinn and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin paid tribute… but so did Republicans from Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to Congressman Rodney Davis.

 

A celebration of Callahan’s life will be held Friday from 2 to 6 at Norb Andy’s, the downtown tavern where Callahan had attended a fundraiser for his daughter… Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos… just hours before he died.

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