Former Democratic Illinois Gov. Dan Walker died early Wednesday morning of heart failure in California, according to his son. He was 92.
Walker served one term as Illinois governor, between 1973 to 1977. As part of his campaign for governor, Walker famously took a nearly 1,200-mile walk across the state. After serving as Illinois governor, Walker later went on to own a now-defunt savings and loan association in Oak Brook. Walker spent 17 1/2 months in federal prison for bank fraud and perjury associated with crimes stemming from his time at the suburban savings and loan association.
In a statement following news of Walker's death, Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said, "Diana and I are saddened to learn of the passing of former Gov. Dan Walker. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time."
Former Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn also issued a statement in light of Walker's passing:
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.