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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dan Walker  

Pen Name: Governor Dan Walker


Audience: Adult;

Born: August 6, 1922 in Washington, DC

Died: April 28, 2015 in Chula Vista, California

-- Dan Walker on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Walker moved to Illinois to attend Northwestern University School of Law between his military service in World War II and Korea. He moved back to Illinois in the 60s and lived there through the late 80s.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dan Walker was the 36th Governor of Illinois from 1973 to 1977. Raised in San Diego, Walker was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served two tours of duty with the U.S. Navy, once during World War II and again during the Korean conflict. A graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law between, he worked as a trial lawyer and business executive in Chicago. An aide to Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson, he was also campaign chair for the 1970 Senate campaign of Stevenson's son also named Adlai. Walker rose to prominence as head of the Chicago Study Team which issued a report on police conduct at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Walker was known for walking the state of Illinois in 1971 during his candidacy for governor.Walker wrote several books, including an autobiography. He moved to San Diego in 1989.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Rights in Conflict: The Walker Report

Bantam. 1968

Violence in Chicago

San Diego: Home Base for Freedom : A Tribute to Our Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Border Patrol by Dan Walker (2003-08-04)

Gem Guides Book Co. 1889

Thirst For Independence: The San Diego Water Story (Adventures in Cultural and Natural History)
ISBN: 0932653626

Sunbelt Publications. 2004

A combination of history and current events coverage, this book depicts dramatically San Diego's long and desperate search for an independent and reliable water supply source. Modern water distribution is covered thoroughly from each of the counties' water districts. Includes charts, maps, and photographs.

The Maverick and the Machine: Governor Dan Walker Tells His Story
ISBN: 0809327562

Southern Illinois University Press. 2007

A reformer who was always colorful, provocative, and controversial, Dan Walker became a political maverick, taking on Mayor Richard J. Daley’s vaunted Chicago machine and the powerful incumbent Richard Ogilvie to become the governor of Illinois. The Maverick and the Machine tells the dramatic story of Walker’s rise from dirt-poor beginnings to the pinnacle of power in Illinois and his conviction on charges of bank fraud that landed him in federal prison. This frank volume also probes the inner sanctum of the governorship and reviews the investigations of Governor Blagojevich’s administration and the criminal trial of former governor George Ryan.

Best Memoir of 2008, San Diego Book Awards
Illinois State Historical Society Certificate of Excellence, 2008

Assassin's Game
ISBN: 1475160402

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2012

To be officially elected Governor of Illinois, interim Governor Monty Sanderson and his investigative IBI team must prove the assassinated governor’s secret deals with the Chicago Mob. Yet the hand Monty is dealt ups the ante: African warlords and a massacre that left a beautiful woman devastated and driven to revenge. Corrupt politicians, Mob hits, a deadly drug run, kidnapping, and explosions that sear the truth from the lies that have corrupted the state for years—all combine to determine who will win the final hand of the ASSASSIN'S GAME.


Assassins Game

  • San Diego County fiction award, 2013