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Former IL Gov. Dan Walker dies

Gov. Dan Walker (Source: wikimedia.org) Gov. Dan Walker (Source: wikimedia.org)

CHICAGO (KFVS/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.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued the following statement on the death of former Gov. Walker.

“Diana and I are saddened to learn of the passing of former Governor Dan Walker. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Former Gov. Pat Quinn has issued the below statement on the passing of Gov. Walker:

“As a member of the United States Navy, Gov. Dan Walker served our country with courage and distinction in World War II and the Korean War.

“He fervently believed in the power of democracy and the importance of including everyone in our democracy. He loved his family and leaves behind many friends. His patriotism, service and compassion will never be forgotten. May God rest his soul.”

Copyright 2015 KFVS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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