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Jim Thompson 1976

Jim Thompson 1976 Political Button Museum
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Jim Thompson '76
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James R. Thompson was the longest serving Governor of the state of Illinois.  The Republican was first elected in 1976 and served until 1991.  A graduate of Northwestern Law School, prior to his role as governor, Thompson served as the federal prosecutor for the state and convicted many high level politicians of corruption.  He was a popular governor and is credited with effectively handling the state’s finances by balancing the budget during a difficult national recession.  After leaving office, Thompson held high positions in private law firms, and was one of 10 members appointed to the 9/11 Commission.

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