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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Chicago State University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Chicago State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Chicago State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Chicago State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Chicago State University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Chicago State University.

This list contains graduates like Kanye West and Gerald Ford.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Chicago State University?” and “Which celebrities are Chicago State University alumni?”

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Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Kanye West Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, director, painter, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. West first gained prominence as a producer for Roc-A-Fella ...more

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Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Gerald Ford Politician, Actor, Lawyer Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford Jr. was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and, prior to this, was the 40th Vice President of the United States serving ...more

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Chuck Panozzo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Chuck Panozzo Bassist, Musician, Actor Charles Salvatore "Chuck" Panozzo is an American musician best known as the bass player for the rock band Styx. A longtime member of Styx, he founded the group with his fraternal twin ...more

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Dennis DeYoung is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Dennis DeYoung Record producer, Songwriter, Musician Dennis DeYoung is an American singer, songwriter, musician and producer best known for being a founding member of the rock band Styx as lead vocalist and keyboardist, a tenure that lasted from ...more

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Godfrey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Godfrey Comedian, Actor, Voice acting Godfrey C. Danchimah, Jr., professionally known as Godfrey, is an American comedian and actor who has appeared on BET, VH1, Comedy Central, and feature films, such as Soul Plane, Original ...more

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John Panozzo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
John Panozzo Actor, Drummer John Anthony Panozzo was an American drummer best known for his work with rock band Styx. Panozzo grew up in the Roseland neighborhood, the south side of Chicago, Illinois, with his fraternal ...more

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Debra Beebee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Debra Beebee Debra Beebe is a contestant on Survivor: Tocantins, the eighteenth season of reality show Survivor.

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Danny K. Davis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Danny K. Davis Politician, Teacher Daniel K. Davis is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 7th congressional district, serving since 1997. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

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Donne Trotter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Donne Trotter Politician Donne Trotter is a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 17th district since 1993. His district includes the South side of Chicago and portions of the south suburbs. ...more

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Jack Dongarra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Jack Dongarra Programmer, Professor, Computer scientist Jack J. Dongarra is an American University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Tennessee. He holds the ...more

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Bola Tinubu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Bola Tinubu Accountant, Politician, Lawyer Bola Ahmed Tinubu was elected Senator for the Lagos West constituency in Lagos State, Nigeria in 1993, just before a military take-over in December 1993. After the return to democracy, he was ...more

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Edward Maloney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Edward Maloney Politician Edward D. Maloney is a former Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 18th district from 2003 to 2013.

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John Curulewski is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
John Curulewski Guitarist John Curulewski, nicknamed "JC," was one of the original members of Styx. He joined Dennis DeYoung, the Panozzo brothers, and James Young to form TW4 in 1968, which was renamed to Styx ...more

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Annazette Collins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Annazette Collins Politician Annazette Collins is a former Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing the 5th district from 2011 to 2013. She previously served in the Illinois House of Representatives ...more

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Marlow H. Colvin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Marlow H. Colvin Politician Marlow H. Colvin is a former Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 33rd District from 2001 to 2012. He is a graduate of St. Felicitas Elementary School, ...more

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James Chico Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
James Chico Hernandez James "Chico" Hernandez is an accomplished athlete in the sport of Sambo and a seven-time member of the Team USA National Team.

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Juba Kalamka is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Juba Kalamka Rapper, Musician Juba Kalamka is an African American bisexual artist and activist recognized for his work and founding member of homohop group Deep Dickollective and his development of the micro-label Sugartruck ...more

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Karen Yarbrough is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Karen Yarbrough Businessperson Karen Yarbrough is the Democratic Cook County Recorder of Deeds. Prior to her current position she represented the 7th State Rep District since 2001. In 2006 Yarbrough became the Democratic ...more

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Monique D. Davis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Monique D. Davis Politician, Teacher Monique Dionne Davis is a American educator and Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 27th District since 1987. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she trained as ...more

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Steven Whitehurst is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Steven Whitehurst Writer Steven Whitehurst is an African-American author, poet, and educator. He is a divorced father who currently resides in Calumet City, Illinois.

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Deji Akindele is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Deji Akindele Akindele Jeleel Ayodeji is a Nigerian professional basketball player who currently plays for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada of the Liga ACB. He was also part of the Nigeria national basketball team, and ...more

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Margaret Taylor-Burroughs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Margaret Taylor-Burroughs Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, also known as Margaret Taylor Goss, Margaret Taylor Goss Burroughs or Margaret T G Burroughs; was an African-American artist and writer and a co-founder of the DuSable ...more

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Rosalyn Bryant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Rosalyn Bryant Rosalyn Bryant is an American athlete who competed mainly in the 400 meters. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she competed for the United States in the 1976 Summer Olympics held in Montreal, Canada in ...more

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Wilye White is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Wilye White Willye Brown White was an American athlete who was the first American track and field athlete to compete in five Olympics, from 1956 to 1972. She was America's best female long jumper of the ...more

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Rajeev Chandrasekhar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Rajeev Chandrasekhar Entrepreneur Rajeev Chandrasekhar is an Indian politician currently serving a second term as an independent member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India. He represents Karnataka and ...more

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Bob Janecyk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Bob Janecyk Ice Hockey Player Robert T. Janecyk is a retired American professional ice hockey goaltender who played 110 games in the National Hockey League for the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Black Hawks.

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RM Johnson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
RM Johnson Writer RM Johnson is an American writer, the author of nine adult urban fiction novels and one young adult fiction novel. He is best known for stories dealing with love, sex and the various challenges ...more

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Al Riley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Al Riley Statistician Al Riley is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 38th District since January, 2007. The district includes all or portions of Country Club Hills, ...more

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Edith Heath is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Edith Heath Edith Kiertzner Heath was an American studio potter "but soon became involved in the design and production of pottery and tableware on a far larger scale than that of most studio ...more

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Darron Brittman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Darron Brittman Darron Brittman was an American basketball player who is best known for being the first officially recognized NCAA Division I season steals leader in 1985–86. He is also one of only two Division ...more

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Aaron S. Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Aaron S. Williams Aaron S. Williams is the Director of the United States Peace Corps.

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James Banks is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
James Banks James A. Banks holds the Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies and is Founding and current Director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of ...more

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John Mallee is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
John Mallee Coach John Daniel Mallee is the Chicago Cubs hitting coach and former hitting coach of the Florida Marlins and Houston Astros baseball teams. Prior to his coaching career, Mallee played professionally ...more

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David Holston is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
David Holston David Holston is an American expatriate professional basketball player. As of August 2011, he plays in the Basketball Bundesliga for Artland Dragons. After graduating from Chicago State ...more