List of people from Illinois


List of people from Illinois

This is a list of people whose career was all or part in Illinois; people are not included if they left the state before beginning a career.

A

* Jane Addams, social work
* George Ade, author
* Dankmar Adler, architect
* Nelson Algren, author
* John Peter Altgeld, politics, Dem
* Philip Danforth Armour, business
* Louis Armstrong, music

B

* John Bardeen (1908-1991) winner of two Nobel prizes in physics
* Edward Beecher, religion
* Louis Bellson, music
* Jack Benny, comedian
* Joseph Cardinal Bernardin (1928-1996), religion, Cardinal for the Archdiocese of Chicago
* Black Hawk, Sauk Indian Chief
* Lydia Moss Bradley, philanthropy
* Anthony Braxton, jazz musician
* Phil Brooks, professional wrestler under the ring name "CM Punk"
* William Jennings Bryan, politician
* Daniel H. Burnham, architect

C

* Joe Cannon, politics, GOP
* Al Capone, business
* Anton Cermak, politics, Democrat
* Judy Chicago, feminist artist
* Hillary Rodham Clinton, former first lady and current United States Senator from New York, Democrat
* Billy Corgan (born 1967), rock musician from Alternative Rock band "Smashing Pumpkins"
* John Coughlin, politics, Dem
* Cindy Crawford (born 1966), supermodel
* Common (rapper), rapper , songwriter , producer , actor
* Adrianne Curry, model and America's Next Top Model, Cycle 1 winner

D

* Richard J. Daley (1902-1976), Chicago mayor (1955-1976); Democrat
* Richard M. Daley (born 1942), Chicago mayor (1989-present), son of Richard J. Daley; Democrat
* Clarence Darrow, law
* Miles Davis, musician
* John Deere, manufacturer
* John Dewey, philosopher
* Bo Diddley, musician
* Everett Dirksen (1896-1969), politics, United States Senator, Senate Minority Leader, Republican
* Dorothy L. Dodson, athlete
* Stephen Douglas, politics, Dem
* Theodore Dreiser, author
* Finley Peter Dunne, author
* Dick Van Dyke, actor
* Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, settler
* Walt Disney, creator

E

* Roger Ebert (1942-present), film critic
* Ninian Edwards, politics
* Richard Estes, painter

F

* Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam leader
* James T. Farrell, author
* Enrico Fermi (1901-1954), nuclear physics
* Eugene Field, author
* Marshall Field, business
* Marshall Field Jr., business
* Marshall Field III, business
* Dan Fogelberg, musician
* Thomas Ford, politics, Dem
* John T. Frederick, literature
* R. Buckminster Fuller, scientist

G

* John Wayne Gacy (1942-1994), serial killer
* Lyman J. Gage, business
* Jaslene Gonzalez, model and America's Next Top Model, Cycle 8 winner
* Red Grange, sports
* Ulysses S. Grant, military, 18th President of the United States 1869–1877
* Andrew Greeley (born 1928), author; religion; sociology
* Frank W. Gunsaulus, education
* Buddy Guy, music

H

* Gene Hackman, screen actor
* George Halas, (1895-1983) sports, co-founder of National Football League and longtime coach-owner of the Chicago Bears
* Herbie Hancock, jazz musician
* William Rainey Harper, education
* Carter Harrison, Sr., politics, Dem
* Carter Harrison, Jr., politics, Dem
* Dennis Hastert, Republican, Speaker of the U.S. House, 1998-2006
* George Peter Alexander Healy, artist
* Ben Hecht, author
* Hugh Hefner, publisher
* Ernest Hemingway, writer
* William Holabird, architect
* Raymond Hood, architect
* Henry Horner, politics, Dem
* Rock Hudson, actor
* Robert Maynard Hutchins, education

I

* Robert G. Ingersoll, religion
* Samuel Insull, business
* Burl Ives, music

J

* Jesse Jackson, political activist
* William Le Baron Jenney, architect
* Michael Jordan (born 1963), athlete

K

* Leslie Keeley, medicine
* Florence Kelley, social work
* Fazlur Khan (1929-1982), structural engineer
* John Kinzie, settler
* Frank Knox, newspapers, newspapers, newspapers
* William Kohlsaat, newspapers
* Alison Krauss, musician

L

* René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, explorer
* Victor F. Lawson, newspapers. Longtime owner/editor of the Chicago Daily News
* Abraham Lincoln, politics, Whig, GOP
* Mary Todd Lincoln, Lincoln's wife
* Robert Todd Lincoln, Lincoln's son
* Vachel Lindsay, author
* John A. Logan, politics, Dem, GOP
* Frank Orren Lowden, politics, GOP

M

* James Robert Mann, politics, GOP
* Michael Mann, film director
* George S. May, businessman, golf promoter
* Edgar Lee Masters, author
* Cyrus Hall McCormick, business
* Robert R. McCormick, newspapers
* Joseph Medill, newspapers
* Charles Edward Merriam, education
* Robert H. Michel, (born 1923), politics, longtime member of Congress and former House Minority Leader, Republican
* Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), architect
* Harriet Monroe, poet
* Dwight L. Moody, religion
* William Vaughn Moody, author
* George Cardinal Mundelein, religion

N

* Wayne Nelson, (born 1950) musician from classic rock's Little River Band
* Eliot Ness, government
* Frank Nitti, gangster

O

* Barack Obama, politician, current United States Senator from Illinois, Democrat
* William Butler Ogden, business
* Richard James Oglesby, politics, GOP

P

* John M. Palmer, politics, GOP, Dem
* Phoebe Palmer, society
* Potter Palmer, business
* Francis W. Parker, education
* Tom Paxton, (born 1937) folk musician and singer-songwriter
* John Mason Peck, author
* Richard Pryor, comedian
* George M. Pullman, business

Q

R

* Henry T. Rainey, politics, Dem
* Ronald Reagan (1911-2004), 40th President of the United States, Republican
* John Root, architect
* Julius Rosenwald, business
* Benjamin Rusk, medicine
* Ann Rutledge, friend of Lincoln

* Carl Sandburg, poet
* Edward Wyllis Scripps, newspapers
* Richard Warren Sears, business
* Bernard J. Sheil, religion
* William Shockley, (1910-1989), physicist invented transistor
* Bobby Short, singer
* Gene Siskel, film critic
* Albion W. Small, sociology
* Joseph Smith, religion
* John Spalding, Scottish churchman
* Amos Alonzo Stagg, sports
* Ellen Gates Starr, social work
* John Paul Stevens, supreme court justice
* Adlai Stevenson II, politician, Vice President, Presidential candidate in 1952 and 1956, Democrat
* Melville E. Stone, newspapers
* Louis Sullivan, architect
* Gustavus Franklin Swift, business

T

* Graham Taylor, social work
* Theodore Thomas, conductor and violinist
* Gregg Toland, cinematographer
* Lyman Trumbull, politics, Dem, GOP, Dem
* Jonathan Baldwin Turner, scholar and activist

U

V

*Vince Vaughn, actor

W

* David Foster Wallace, author
* Aaron Montgomery Ward, business
* Muddy Waters, music
* George Wendt, actor, best known for the role of Norm Peterson on the television show Cheers
* John Wentworth, politics, Dem
* Frances E. Willard, social activist
* Oprah Winfrey, media icon
* Frank Lloyd Wright, architect
* Kanye West, rapper , songwriter , producer

X

Y

* Richard Yates Sr., Republican Civil War Governor
* Richard Yates Jr., Republican Progressive Era Governor
* Charles Yerkes, business

Z


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • List of people from Arkansas — List of people from Arkansas: Individuals on this list are either native born Arkansans or emigrants who have chosen Arkansas as their permanent home. Actors*Adams, Joey Lauren (born 1971), actress *Alexander, Katherine (1898–1981), actress… …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from Michigan — A list of notable people from the U.S. state of Michigan. Bolding indicates places in Michigan. People from Michigan are sometimes referred to as Michiganders, Michiganians, or more rarely as Michiganites. Actors, entertainers and… …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from Colorado — whether they lived, were born, or were raised there.Coloradans have been prominent in many fields, including literature, entertainment, art, music, politics, and business. This list attempts to maintain biographical notability of significant… …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from Detroit — The following is a list of notable people from Detroit, Michigan. This list includes people who were born, have lived, or worked in and around Metro Detroit. Contents 1 Architects[1] 2 Artists and artisans[2] 2.1 Ceramists …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from Denver, Colorado — This is a list of famous people who were born in or who have lived in or are commonly associated with Denver, Colorado.Denver natives* Tim Allen actor [cite web | author = Soylent Communications| title = Tim Allen| url =… …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from Georgia (U.S. state) — Georgia in the United States has been the birthplace or residence of many famous people throughout its history. NOTOC Prominent GeorgiansA*James Abercrombie *Rhett Akins *Edward Porter Alexander *George T. Anderson *Robert Houston Anderson *Luke… …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from Mansfield, Ohio — The following is a list of people from Mansfield, Ohio. These people were born, lived, or worked in and around the city.Actors, entertainers, and models*Lee Adams, stage lyricist *Lester Cowan (b. April 1, 1906) Producer: (film) My Little… …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from Milwaukee, Wisconsin — This is a List of Milwaukeeans, notable citizens of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Contents 1 Born and raised in Milwaukee 2 Born elsewhere, raised in Milwaukee 3 Born in Milwaukee, raised elsewhere …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from Chicago — The following list includes notable people who were born or have lived in Chicago, Illinois or from the surrounding suburbs. Contents 1 Politicians and government 2 Historical Figures …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from New York City — This is a list of famous people from New York City. Native New Yorkers The following were born in New York City. Some became famous after they moved away.A*Aaliyah (1979 2001), R B singer, Dancer, Fashion Model and Actress *Kareem Abdul Jabbar… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.