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Alan Dixon
9:17 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Former Democratic Senator Alan Dixon Dies At 86

Alan Dixon

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 6:22 am

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.

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New Philadelphia
5:17 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Schock Dedicates Pavillion In Western Illinois, Hopes To Establish National Park

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 4:21 pm

An effort to create a national park at former town site in western Illinois remains stalled in the US Senate.  Congressman Aaron Schock, a Republican, is part of a bi-partisan group of lawmakers seeking the designation for New Philadelphia.

That site in Pike County marks the first town in the country founded by an African American.  Frank McWorter was a freed slave who created the community in 18-36.

Schock says creating a national park would allow more people to know the story of McWorter.  He says it work in tandem with Lincoln attractions in Springfield.

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Sets Up National Park Service Listing
9:39 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

New Philadelphia Bill Passes House Committee

A 1939 photo of the New Philadelphia Town site, which came one step closer to being part of the National Park Service.
Credit http://www.anthro.illinois.edu/f

A bill that would bring a historic site in Western Illinois  one step closer to being preserved by the National Park Service has passed a U.S. House committee.

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"Good Shot" at Mental Recovery
1:35 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Senator Kirk in Hospital After Stroke

Senator Mark Kirk (standing) during an appearance in Macomb last year with Congressman Bobby Schilling

US Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) has  suffered a stroke and remains sedated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

His neurosurgeon believes the 52-year old senator has a very  good shot at making a full mental recovery.

Northwestern  neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Fessler said Kirk suffered a  "dry stroke,"  in which sections of the right side of his brain were  deprived  of blood.

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