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April 16, 2014, 2:16 am
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Illinois' First Black Sheriff Passes Away


Roger Walker is being remembered as someone who broke barriers, but was more concerned about protecting his community. Walker became the first black sheriff in Illinois when he was elected in Macon County in 1998.  He was appointed as director of the state Department of Corrections in 2003 and served in that job until 2009.  Walker died in Springfield over the weekend after a long illness.  He was 63.

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