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Famous Chicago State University Alumni

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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
Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer

Age: 41

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

Kanye Omari West (born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. His musical career has been marked by dramatic changes in ...more

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Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Politician, American football player, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 93 (1913-2006)

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America

Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King Jr.; July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) was an American politician who served as the 38th president of the United States from August 1974 to ...more

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Chuck Panozzo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Bassist, Musician, Actor

Age: 70

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Charles Salvatore "Chuck" Panozzo (born September 20, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American musician best known as the bass player for the rock band Styx. A longtime member of ...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

Age: 72

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Dennis DeYoung (born February 18, 1947) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and producer. Best known for being a founding member of the rock band Styx as primary lead vocalist and ...more

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Godfrey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Godfrey Comedian, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 49

Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America

Godfrey C. Danchimah, Jr. (born July 21, 1969), professionally known as Godfrey, is an American comedian and actor who has appeared on BET, VH1, Comedy Central, and feature films, such as Soul ...more
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John Panozzo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Actor, Drummer

Age: Dec. at 48 (1948-1996)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

John Anthony Panozzo (September 20, 1948 – July 16, 1996) was an American drummer best known for his work with rock band Styx.

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Debra Beebee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni

Age: 56

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
Politician, Teacher

Age: 77

Birthplace: Parkdale, Arkansas, United States of America

Daniel K. Davis (born September 6, 1941) is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative from Illinois's 7th congressional district, elected in 1996. Davis is a Democrat and a member of ...more
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Donne Trotter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Politician

Age: 69

Birthplace: Cairo, Illinois, United States of America

Donne Trotter (born January 30, 1950) was a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing 16th district from 1993 to 2003 and the 17th district from 2003 to 2018. Previously, he was a ...more
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Jack Dongarra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Programmer, Professor, Computer scientist

Age: 68

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Jack J. Dongarra ForMemRS; (born July 18, 1950) is an American University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the ...more
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Bola Tinubu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Accountant, Politician, Lawyer

Age: 66

Birthplace: Lagos State, Nigeria

Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu (born 29 March 1952) is a Nigerian politician who was elected senator for the Lagos West Constituency in Lagos State, Nigeria in 1993. The election was just prior to a ...more
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Edward Maloney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Edward Maloney Politician

Age: 72

Birthplace: Evergreen Park, Illinois, United States of America

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
Guitarist

Age: Dec. at 38 (1950-1988)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

John Curulewski (October 3, 1950 – February 13, 1988), pronounced: "sir-lus-ki" and nicknamed "JC," was an American musician who was one of the original members of Styx. Born ...more
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Annazette Collins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Annazette Collins Politician

Age: 56

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Annazette Collins is an American politician. She was a member of the Illinois State Senate from 2011 to 2013, representing the 5th district. She previously was a member of the Illinois House of ...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

Age: 54

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Marlow H. Colvin (born 1964) 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 ...more
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James Chico Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
James Chico Hernandez

Age: 64

James "Chico" Hernandez (born April 14, 1954, in Chicago, Illinois) is an accomplished athlete in the sport of Sambo and a twelve-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

Age: 48

Juba Kalamka (born July 12, 1970) is an African American bisexual artist and activist recognized for his work and founding member of homohop group Deep Dickollective (D/DC) and his development ...more
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Karen Yarbrough is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Karen Yarbrough Businessperson

Age: 68

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Karen Yarbrough is the Democratic County Clerk for Cook County. Elected on November 6, 2018 without opposition (and having faced no opposition in the Democratic primary), she is the first female ...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

Age: 82

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Monique Dionne Davis (née McKay; born August 19, 1936) is an American educator and Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 27th District since 1987 ...more
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Steven Whitehurst is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Steven Whitehurst Writer

Age: 52

Steven Whitehurst (born 1967) is an African-American author, poet, and educator 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

Age: 35

Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria

Akindele Jeleel Ayodeji (born April 2, 1983) is a Nigerian professional basketball player for Capitanes de Arecibo of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN). He played college basketball for ...more
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Margaret Taylor-Burrough... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Margaret Taylor-Burroughs

Age: Dec. at 93 (1917-2010)

Birthplace: St. Rose, Louisiana

Margaret Taylor-Burroughs (November 1, 1915 – November 21, 2010), also known as Margaret Taylor Goss, Margaret Taylor Goss Burroughs or Margaret T G Burroughs; was an American visual artist, ...more
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Rosalyn Bryant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Rosalyn Bryant

Age: 63

Rosalyn Evette Bryant (married Clark; born January 7, 1956) is an American athlete who competed mainly in the 400 meters. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she competed for the United States in the ...more
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Wilye White is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 68 (1939-2007)

Birthplace: Mississippi

Willye Brown White (December 31, 1939 – February 6, 2007) was the first American track and field athlete to take part in five Olympics, from 1956 to 1972. She was America's best female long ...more
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Rajeev Chandrasekhar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Chicago State University Alumni
Entrepreneur

Age: 54

Birthplace: Ahmedabad, India

Rajeev Chandrasekhar (born 31 May 1964) is an Indian politician and entrepreneur, and a Member of Parliament in the upper house (Rajya Sabha) of the Indian Parliament. He is the Member of ...more