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Quinn wants State Museum named after Dixon

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014

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Gov. Pat Quinn is calling for the Illinois State Museum Building in Springfield to be named after the late former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon. Quinn’s office says the governor will announce it on 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.

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  1. - Anonymous Retiree - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 10:01 am:

    We have not named anything after Senator Chuck Percy, why Dixon? Because he is a Dem?

  2. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 10:06 am:

    I suppose it’s a fine tribute, but is there some personal connection between Senator Dixon and the Museum I’m missing? Did he have some role in the museum when he was SoS?

    I’m not opposed to it, I just think the connection is somewhat tenuous and odd. Isn’t there a prominent building or appropriate place at Scott AFB to name in his honor? Or a federal courthouse maybe?

  3. - LINK - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 10:09 am:

    No. The practice of naming highways, buildings and the like after politicians should cease.

  4. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 10:11 am:

    Good call. Dixon was a big part of post WWII Illinois history, from Springfield to DC.

    One of the things I liked about both Dixon and Simon is that they came home after the were done in office and didn’t stay in DC like so many do.

  5. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 10:18 am:

    ==Because he is a Dem?==

    Oh please. Buildings are named after politicians all the time. I get so sick of the constant victim mentality of some people. Grow the heck up already.

  6. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 10:20 am:

    ==Because he is a Dem?==

    “Hearings on the renaming will be held at the James R. Thompson Center.”


  7. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 10:24 am:

    ==“Hearings on the renaming will be held at the James R. Thompson Center.”==

    With subsequent discussion to occur at the William G. Stratton building in Springfield.

  8. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 10:24 am:

    ==Because he is a Dem?==

    “The Springfield hearings on the name change will be held at the Stratton Office Building.”

  9. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 10:25 am:

    The appeal will be heard in the Dirksen Courthouse.

  10. - Really?? - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 10:26 am:

    Nooooooooo! Dixon was a fine man and deserves an honor. But what did he have to do with the State Museum? Anybody ask the Museum what they think about this “honor”?

  11. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 10:27 am:

    - Demoralized -…lol

    Well played.

    To the Post,

    Dixon is worthy of a building named after him, but I would maybe like it to be a VA Building near Scott AFB(?)

    Would not bother me in the least if the building is named for him, just agreeing that Fed connection and Scott connection could be seen as better(?)

  12. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 10:43 am:

    The Illinois State Museum was founded in 1877, and its first home was in the State Capitol building.

  13. - A guy... - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 10:55 am:

    It certainly is not “because he’s a Dem”. He lost a Senate race because the Dems thought he wasn’t enough of a Dem. They should absolutely name something for him. The museum? Not sure that’s the right thing.

  14. - Skeptic - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 10:56 am:

    With even more subsequent discussion to occur at the gazillion buildings named after Abraham Lincoln.

    I wonder how many people will be confused by the Dixon Building Museum that runs Dickson Mounds?

    Anyway, to the post, IMHO it’s a deserving tribute, but I tend to dislike naming buildings after people. After all 20, 30, 40 years from now who will have any idea who Alan Dixon was and what he did? (How many times have you heard someone ask who “O’Hara” was and why they named an airport after him?)

  15. - A guy... - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 11:10 am:

    === Demoralized - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 10:24 am:

    ==“Hearings on the renaming will be held at the James R. Thompson Center.”==

    With subsequent discussion to occur at the William G. Stratton building in Springfield.====

    Demo, different standards for the living. lol

  16. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 11:18 am:

    I personally wouldn’t want the Thompson Center or the Stratton Building named after me. Maybe it is a conspiracy. Name the crappy buildings after Republicans. LOL

  17. - Cheswick - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 12:36 pm:

    Afterward, there will be a refreshments and fishing at Jim Edgar State Park.

  18. - Downstate Illinois - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 1:09 pm:

    This is a bad idea. Naming an office building is one thing. Naming a tourist attraction after a politician is terrible.

  19. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 1:41 pm:

    – Naming a tourist attraction after a politician is terrible.–

    What do you want to call that Lincoln Library and Museum?

  20. - steve schnorf - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 1:42 pm:

    I believe Dixon is absolutely worth of such an honer, and it should be accorded. Perhaps also consider the State of Illinois building in Collinsville, as with Zeke Giorgi in Rockford

  21. - Fight Fair - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 2:19 pm:

    Why always a politician. Could we please name something after a taxpayer who supplied the salary, who owes for the pension, and who built the building?

  22. - Ron Burgundy - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 4:53 pm:

    *snark* Last time I checked Alan Dixon didn’t serve as President, win the Civil War or free the slaves.

  23. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 4:54 pm:

    I agree with naming a building, but somehow the Museum isn’t really clicking with me. Schnorf’s suggestion is a good one.

  24. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Aug 13, 14 @ 10:20 pm:

    FightFair, How about the Arthur Andersen State Garage?

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