Former U.S. Senator Alan J. Dixon will be present to autograph copies of his new book, The Gentleman from Illinois, in the U.S. Senator Alan J. Dixon Student Center at Lindenwood University-Belleville on Thursday, August 15, from 5-7 p.m. This event is open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Southern Illinois University Press describes The Gentleman from Illinois as “…an insider’s account of Illinois politics in the second half of the twentieth century, providing readers with fascinating stories about the people he encountered and the events he participated in and witnessed during his four decades of service. With a degree of candor rarely found in political memoirs, Dixon pulls no punches when it comes to detailing the personalities of major political figures—such as Mayor Richard J. Daley, Adlai Stevenson, Paul Simon, and presidents of the United States. Dixon also shares his thoughts on the proper way to run a government, the difficulties of passing legislation, the balancing act required to be a statewide official, and other valuable observations on local, state, and national politics. The Gentleman from Illinois entertains as much as it informs, making it a necessary book for everyone interested in Illinois politics.”
Alan J. Dixon is an Illinois lawyer and a politician from Belleville who served in the Illinois House of Representatives, Illinois State Senate, and the U.S. Senate. He has also held the Illinois state offices of treasurer and secretary of state and was a partner in the Bryan Cave LLP law firm in St. Louis until 2012, at which time he became a senior counsel.
In 2011, Lindenwood University-Belleville named its renovated student center after the former senator. The building currently houses the university’s dining hall, library, computer lab, spirit shop, and admissions department.
For more information about the book signing, contact Shawna Larsh, Lynx Campus Store manager, at (618) 239-6297.
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