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Alan J. Dixon Papers

 Collection
Identifier: BC744

Scope and Content

Alan J. Dixon Papers, 1981-1992, consist of 47 cubic feet of files dealing with subjects such as abortion, housing, education, health, appropriations, bills and resolutions, military, congress, legislative activities, press releases, grants/projects in Illinois, trade, transportation, and cases, staff assistants and “Bucks” files. This collection is arranged into 4 series: Series I: Legislative Files (Boxes 1-18); Series II: Press Files-1985-1992 (Boxes 19-24); Series III: Grants/Projects (Boxes 25-42); and Series IV: Cases, Staff Assistants, and “Buck” Files.

-- Series I: Legislative Files (Boxes 1-18)

These files (Boxes 1-15) contain subject files that are alphabetical. Such subjects as abortion, Farm Bureau, affirmative action, agriculture, housing, child issues, education-such as busing, student aid and literacy, hospitals, colleges, conservation, health issues-such as laws for the handicapped, Medicaid and Medicare; social security; CR statements from Jan 1981 through Sept 1991; Appropriations for FY 91; Bills and Resolutions; Military; Congress; the Legislative Activities. Box 16 contains BV 1-3 (Senate Journals-1988/1989-1990), Box 17 contains BV 4-10 (Senate Record Votes – 1983-1990), BV 11-16 (Legislative Activities-July 1985-July 1988); Box 18 contains BV 17-30 (Legislative Activities-Jan 3, 1987-April, 1992).

-- Series II: Press Files 1985-1992 (Boxes 19-24)

These boxes contain press releases such as base closings, HUD, taxes, senior citizens, etc. Box 19 contains folder 1-5 (1985-1987), folder 6-82 (1988); Box 20 contains folder 1-132 (1989), folder 133-218 (1990); Box 21 contains folder 1-195 (1990); Box 22 contains folder 1-71 (1991), folder 72-88 (undated); Box 23 contains folder 1-15 (miscellaneous); Box 24 contains mailings, resolutions, letters to editors, etc.

-- Series III: Grants/Projects File (Boxes 25-42)

Boxes 25 through 36 consist of grants and projects given to cities and towns listed alphabetically. Some of the grants and projects include wetlands projects such as Rend Lake; health services such as regional mental health centers, drug centers, help for the elderly, health departments, home health care, and hospitals. Specific grants are given to your Blinded American Vets foundation, Alzheimer, and family service centers. Some included in these grants and projects are airlines-reducing noise, transportation, telecommunications, veteran’s programs, energy grants, postal service, chemical waste management, housing, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, EPA, OSHA regulations, relocation of army bases, landfills, Mothers Against Gangs, heat assistance, and programs for obtaining jobs. Also some of the money for the grants and projects go for education and to community colleges such as Spoon River, Parkland, Logan, Blackburn, etc. These monies are also used for the universities such as Western Illinois, Southern Illinois, Northern Illinois University and University of Illinois. Box 25, Folders 1-113 – Addison-Bone Gap Box 26, Folders 1-125 – Bourbonnais-Collinsville Box 27, Folders 1-88 – Chicago Box 28, Folders 1-114 – Chicago Box 29, Folders 1-122 – Chicago-Dixon Box 30, Folders 1-129 – Dixon-Evanston Box 31, Folders 1-144 – Freeport (F.A.A.C.)-Jonesboro Box 32, Folders 1-126 – Kampsville-Marion Box 33, Folders 1-116 – Marissa-Newman Box 34, Folders 1-99 – Niles to Quincy Box 35, Folders 1-118 – Quincy-Springfield Box 36, Folders 1-106 – Springfield-Ziegler

Miscellaneous Grants/Projects Box 37, folders 1-72 consists of miscellaneous grants/projects given to Alaska to Zenith Data Systems. Some of the grants were given was to Amtrak, airlines, transportation, the census, education and veterans.

Counties Box 38, folders 1-55 consists of grants/projects awarded to the counties of Adams through Iroquois. Some of those awarded were to John Wood Community College, public health departments, post offices, and drug programs. Box 39, folders 1-75 consists of Jackson County to Woodford County and some of the grants/projects were Department of Energy, Blinded American Vets Foundation, home health care, clean coal, and Even Start Program. State of Illinois Box 39, folders 76-80 consists of Illinois County Project 1984-1986; 1988; 1991-1992 and projects outside of Illinois. Box 40, folders 1-33 consists of such subjects as U.S. military athletics; Department of Energy; Southern Illinois-labor; Health and Human Services; Education; EPA; and regional primaries. Box 41, folders 1-6 consists of Kuwait war contracts building and projects from Washington, DC.

Agriculture, Budget, Miscellaneous Box 41, folders 7-32 consists of subjects such as Crane Defense Systems; appropriations; budget resolutions, president’s proposal-FY 1989-1991; parliamentary procedure and federal prison industries.

Trade Box 41, folders 33-51 deals with trade with countries such as Mexico-glass; Japan-corn grits; Rotec-Russian Trade; also Burr Ridge-Bounty ice cream; products liability; and housing joint venture. Box 42, folder 1-13 consists of subjects as women/minority; sugar; trade bills; textile bill-HR 4328; Taiwan; and tobacco pricing. Transportation Box 42, folder 14-46 are subjects such as aviation; coast guard; railways; mass transit; highways; Scott Air Force Base; and noise proposal-airlines.

-- Series IV: Cases, Staff Assistants, “Bucks” File

Box 43-47 contains information about cases, staff assistants, and “bucks” (referrals of case files for constituents to various agencies for assistance). Box 43 consists of such items as armed services, base closures, “Bucks” to and from Veterans, CCS-Chrons, Joliet Arsenal, child abduction, and Congressional Record summaries. Box 44 is correspondence, dear colleagues letters, co-sponsors of 97th Congress, Desert Storm, Desert Shield, food allergy testing and staff assistants, Mike Hettinger, Maura Reidy and Brad Hunt. Box 45 continues with Brad Hunt, and such subjects as Indian information, Merchant Marine bill, and the military. Box 46 is old cases, Pearl Harbor Veteran medals, pending “Bucks”, press releases, veterans, resolved cases, Rock Island, the Senate, small business competition, speeches, and Mary Kay Starzyorski. Box 47 consists of offsets for 1982-1986, offsets info/staff papers 1986-1988, D.I.B.’s.

Dates

  • 1981 - 1992

Biography

Alan John Dixon was born in Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois on July 7, 1927 to William G. (Dec. 7, 1905-May 1973) and Elsa Dixon (April 30, 1904-February 1981). He attended the public schools and then continued on to the University of Illinois in Urbana in 1949 where he received his B.S. He then attended Washington University of Law, St. Louis, Missouri where he received his LL.B. He served in the United States Navy Air Corps (1945-1946) as a lieutenant (jg); in 1949 he was admitted to the Illinois Bar and commenced practice in Belleville, Illinois.

Belleville police magistrate, 1949; assistant state attorney, St. Clair County, Illinois, 1950; member, Illinois State house of representatives, 1951-1963; member, Illinois state senate, 1963-1971, serving as a minority whip, 1964-1970; Illinois state treasurer, 1971-1977; Illinois secretary of state, 1977-1981; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1980; re-elected in 1986 and served from January 3, 1981 to January 3, 1993; unsuccessful candidate for re-nomination in 1992. At the request of President Bill Clinton, he chaired the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission, October 1994-July 1995; is a resident of Belleville, IL

In 1989, Dixon was unanimously elected Chief Deputy Whip, the number three position in the U.S. Senate. He served on the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee; the Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry Committee; the Small Business Committee and the Armed Services Committee.

He married Jody (Sept. 7, 1928-Mar. 1985) and had three children and seven grandchildren. Dixon is a lawyer whose investments have included a group of newspapers, a food service company and a travel agency.

He is a partner with St. Louis based firm of Bryan Cave LLP since 1993.

Extent

47 Linear Feet (47 archival boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Belleville police magistrate, 1949; assistant state attorney, St. Clair County, IL, 1950; member, Illinois State House of Representatives, 1951-1963; member, Illinois State Senate, 1963-1971, serving as a minority whip, 1964-1970; Illinois State Treasurer, 1971-1977; Illinois Secretary of State, 1977-1981; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1980; reelected in 1986 and served from January 3, 1981 to January 3, 1993; unsuccessful candidate for re-nomination in 1992. At the request of President Bill Clinton, he chaired the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission, October 1994-July 1995; is a resident of Belleville, Illinois. He is a partner with St. Louis based firm of Bryan Cave LLP since 1993.

Collection contains subject files dealing with subjects such as abortion, housing, education, health, appropriations, bills and resolutions, military, congress, legislative activities, press releases, grants/projects in Illinois, trade, transportation, and cases, staff assistants and “Bucks” files.
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collection Repository

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