Dan Walker dies at 92; ex-Illinois governor worked to regain reputation

In Illinois, Dan Walker was a star: a campaigner for civil rights, a reform-minded governor, a possible presidential candidate, a populist Democrat unafraid to stand up to the political machine of Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley. But by the time he returned to San Diego, where he had grown up, it was all different. Walker was broke, disgraced and divorced; his fall from power and prominence had been as sharp and surprising as his meteoric rise. From 1973 to 1977, he was the governor of Illinois, having caught the public's imagination with his Kennedy-like charisma and grass-roots campaigning style. But a reelection loss and then a conviction in 1987 for bank fraud in a...