Former Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson died Friday night at the age of 84, WLS reported. The family had told ABC7 Chicago that Thompson was receiving treatment and recovering at a rehabilitation center in downtown Chicago when “he suddenly was stricken and passed Friday evening.”
The Republican governor, also known also known as Big Jim Thompson, was the 37th and longest-serving governor in the state of Illinois. Thompson was elected to four consecutive terms and held the office for 14 years. He was first elected governor of Illinois in 1976 and was reelected to four consecutive terms, ending his time in office in January 1991.
Prior to becoming governor, he worked in the Cook County state’s attorney’s office and was appointed by President Nixon to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
Current Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a statement, saying: “On behalf of the entire state of Illinois, MK and I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of former Governor Jim Thompson.
All of us at The DC Patriot send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to his family.