Paul Simon

4:03 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Democratic Advisor Gene Callahan Dead At 80

Gene Callahan
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A longtime aide to top Democratic officials in Illinois has died.   Gene Callahan passed away Monday morning at the age of 80 at his Springfield home.   Callahan worked for Alan Dixon, Paul Simon and Sam Shapiro. 

In an interview with the Lincoln Presidential Library's Oral History Program in 2011, Callahan talked about he was most proud of during his time in government:

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Ethics Anniversary
1:33 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

December Ninth: A Big Day On Illinois' Ethics Timeline

Then Gov. Rod Blagojevich's mug shot, taken on the morning of his arrest, on Dec. 9, 2008.

 December Ninth is a significant day in Illinois' political history: for better, and for worse.

On Dec. 9, 2003 "the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act was signed into law," Illinois Campaign for Political Reform's David Morrison says.

That was Illinois lawmakers' response to the Hired Truck scandal that landed former Gov. George Ryan in prison. It created inspectors general with subpoena power, limited lobbyists' wining and dining of officials, and set conduct standards for state workers.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

State of the State: Paul Simon's Writing Offers Lessons in Leadership

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Though I never met him, Paul Simon has had a profound effect on my life. Some years ago, a fateful visit to the Public Policy Institute he founded at my alma mater, Southern Illinois University, solidified my choice to shift my career path from public relations and take a gamble on journalism, regardless of my fears about finding a job in a struggling industry.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sun February 1, 2009

Editor's Note: Essay on Lincoln Also Honors a Founding Father of Illinois Issues

Dana Heupel
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We are honored this month, which marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of our 16th president, to publish an essay by one of the nation’s most distinguished Lincoln scholars, Allen Guelzo, the Henry R. Luce III Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Tue May 1, 2007

Paul Simon Essay: Burning Question - How to help the poor?

Poverty. It is the perennial question. American Poverty — rural, urban and suburban poverty. Stubborn poverty, the kind that rises like the stench of polluted well water.

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I stand with one foot in each of two worlds. One in poverty, the other planted firmly in the American Dream. One man, with one soul and one dream borne in two Americas.

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