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Funeral held for ex-US Sen. Alan Dixon of Illinois

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - More than 300 mourners gathered in southern Illinois to say farewell to former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon.

Dixon was 86 when he died July 6 at his Fairview Heights home.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that among those who attended Dixon's funeral Monday at Lindenwood University's Belleville campus were U.S. Sen Dick Durbin and former U.S. Reps. Jerry Costello and Glenn Poshard.

A private burial for family and close friends followed at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.

As a Democrat, Dixon's political career spanned more than 40 years. He was in the U.S. Senate from 1981 to 1993, serving as the third-ranking Democrat. He also chaired a subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee.

Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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