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This button is in support of Republican Richard B. Ogilvie’s 1968 Illinois gubernatorial campaign. Ogilvie won the 1968 election with 51.2% of the vote. Ogilvie’s Lieutenant Governor, Paul Simon, was a Democrat. It was the only time in Illinois history that the Governor and Lieutenant Governor hailed from different political parties.
Despite serving only one term, Ogilvie is considered by some to have been one of the best governors in Illinois’ history. His notable achievements include establishing an income tax which boosted the state’s economy; creating an antipollution program; and developing or restructuring several agencies within the government like the Illinois Bureau of Investigation and the Human Rights Commission.