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This button was for Adlai Stevenson III's campaign for Illinois governor in 1986. Stevenson ran as a Solidarity Party candidate to offer an alternative to the Democratic slate of candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and secretary of state. He lost the election to James R. Thompson, a Republican. Stevenson had run as a Democrat for Illinois governor in 1982, also against Thompson, but lost by 0.14 percent and asked for a recount. The Illinois Supreme Court voted against a recount, thereby making Thompson governor.

Stevenson was the Illinois Treasurer from 1967-1970 and U.S. Senator from 1970-1981. He is the son of former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson II, who lost the U.S. presidential election to Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956.


Lori Ferber Collectibles. (2014). Adlai Stevenson III - Illinois Governor Poster.

Locin, Mitchell. (August 20, 1986). Stevenson Ad Takes The Offensive. Chicago Tribune.

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