St. Clair museum receives memorabilia of late US Sen. Dixon

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ The St. Clair County Historical Society museum has received several boxes of memorabilia of the late U.S. Sen. Allen Dixon.

The widow of the Democratic senator donated the materials, which include scrapbooks, handwritten notes from President Ronald Reagan and campaign buttons.

Dixon died in 2014.

Museum curator William Shannon tells the Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/2bfkhfQ ) he is going through the materials and plans an exhibit in one of the museum’s rooms.

Dixon, known as “Al the Pal,” had a long political career that included time in the Illinois Legislature and tenures as treasurer and Illinois secretary of state. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1982 to 1992.

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