|Rogues' Gallery: Illinois Governors Behind Bars
"Johnson & Kerner: A Winning Team" (1964). Dan Walker for Governor 1972 & 1976. George Ryan bookmark ("Careful Kids are Street Smart"). Bla-goya-vich sponge. Rod's State Rep race.
Otto Kerner was convicted in 1973 for his role in a shady racetrack stock deal, tax evasion and perjury. He was on the Federal bench when convicted, but was Governor when the deal went down. Kerner's father-in-law was Chicago Mayor Anton "Pushcart Tony" Cermak, who was credited with creating the Chicago Machine and died during an attempted assassination of FDR.
Dan Walker - the corporate lawyer who famously walked across the State of Illinois to advance his populist message - spent a year in a Minnesota Federal Prison Camp for financial misdeeds committed after he left the Governor's Mansion. Oddly, both Kerner and Walker had been named to chair controversial Presidential Commissions. No such appointments are expected for George Ryan or Rod Blagojevich.