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Alan Dixon, former US senator from Ill.; at 86

Mr. Dixon conversed with fellow senators Robert Byrd (left) and Richard Lugar (right) on Capitol Hill in 1989.

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Mr. Dixon conversed with fellow senators Robert Byrd (left) and Richard Lugar (right) on Capitol Hill in 1989.

CHICAGO — Former Democratic US Senator Alan Dixon of Illinois has died.

His son Jeffrey Dixon told the Associated Press that the 86-year-old died Sunday at his home in Fairview Heights.

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Mr. Dixon had recently been hospitalized for heart problems, but his condition had improved and he had returned home.

Mr. Dixon served in the US Senate from 1981 to 1993.

He also had a long career in state politics, serving in the Illinois House, Illinois Senate, and as the state’s treasurer and secretary of state.

He lost the Democratic primary for the US Senate seat in 1992 to Carol Moseley Braun. She was the first African-American woman to be elected to the US Senate.

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