The Illinois State Museum Building in Springfield will be named after the late U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon of Belleville, according to Gov. Pat Quinn.
Quinn said Wednesday he is working with the General Assembly to pass a joint resolution to officially rename the building.
If the resolution is approved by the House and Senate, the Illinois State Museum at 502 S. Spring St. in Springfield will be named the Alan J. Dixon Building of the Illinois State Museum.
"Alan Dixon served with distinction on the local, state and federal levels and was an integral part of our state's history for four decades," Quinn said. "Naming this building in his honor will help serve as a reminder of his lasting legacy of public service and his dedication to the people of Illinois."
Dixon died July 6 at age 86. Dixon, known for his glad-handing style and ready smile, earning him the nickname "Al the Pal," served in the U.S. Senate from 1981-93. He rose to the rank of the Senate Democratic caucus' deputy whip, or No. 3 leadership position.
House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, said the renaming would be "a very fitting way to honor the career of Alan Dixon, who served the residents of our state with honor and energy for decades. I will be proud to sponsor this resolution.
Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, said Dixon's "legacy of bipartisanship, leadership and commitment to seeking the common good represents the best aspects of public service in our state and country."
Quinn said the state museum's extensive collections and research activities provide the foundation for exhibitions and public programs that tell the story of the land, life, people and art of Illinois. The Illinois State Museum has headquarters in Springfield, with branch facilities throughout the state. All State Museum facilities are open to the public free of charge.