Former U.S. Senator Alan Dixon died Sunday, just shy of his 87th birthday. His political career ended in 1992 when he lost a Democratic primary to Carol Moseley Braun.
In an interview recorded a couple of years ago, Dixon says a neighbor, who was the Democratic Party Chairman of Belleville, took him under his wing. He helped Dixon land his first elected office, as the local police magistrate.
From there, Dixon didn't stop, for decades.