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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  36th Illinois Governor Dan Walker  

Pen Name: None


Born: Washington, DC

-- 36th Illinois Governor Dan Walker on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

* Governor of Illinois, 1973-1977

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Titles At Your Library

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



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