Son: Former Illinois Gov. Dan Walker dies at age 92

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Gov. Dan Walker has died at age 92.

Walker’s son Dan Walker Jr. told The Associated Press that his father passed away early Wednesday at his home in Chula Vista, California.

The Democrat was governor from 1973 to 1977.

Walker was seen at the time as a new breed of Illinois politician. An attorney, he disdained traditional political organization and won office in 1972 on the strength of his personality. But as governor, he alienated both Republicans and Democrats, accomplishing little.

After a single tumultuous term, Walker also had major legal troubles while the head of a bank. He was sentenced to prison in 1987 for fraudulently obtaining more than $1 million in loans.
He’s survived by his wife and seven children. Funeral services are pending.