Phil Krone grew up in a liberal Democrat family, but by the early 1960s, as a young adult, he was often voting for Republicans. After a few years teaching, he began a career as a political consultant, and also began to travel extensively. In 1974 he once again identified himself as a liberal Democrat, and over the next several years worked for several prominent Illinois politicians. Throughout the next three decades he continued to travel overseas, logging over 150 visits to Europe. Krone was diagnosed with cancer in 2005, and passed away in August of 2010.