- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn wants the Illinois State Museum Building in Springfield to be named after the late former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon.

Quinn made the announcement Wednesday. He’s working with the Illinois General Assembly to make the designation official.

Dixon died July 6 at age 86. The Democrat’s political career spanned more than 40 years. He was in the U.S. Senate from 1981 to 1993 and chaired a subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee.

Quinn says naming the building for Dixon will serve as a reminder of his legacy of public service and his dedication to Illinois residents.

The facility will be named the Alan J. Dixon Building of the Illinois State Museum after lawmakers pass a joint resolution.

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