Ex-Illinois congressman and 1980 presidential candidate dies

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A Rockford native who had one of the most successful independent runs for president in U.S. history dies at the age of 95.

John B. Anderson is a former Rockford Central High School valedictorian, World War II vet, Winnebago County State's Attorney and served as Illinois's 16th District Congressman for 20 years.

Anderson hit the national stage with an impressive presidential campaign in 1980. The republican turned independent with a democratic running mate, took about 7% of the vote and even made it to the debate stage during the general election.

Anderson died surrounded by family Sunday night in Washington D.C.