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Famous People From Illinois

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List of famous people from Illinois, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Illinois, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Illinois you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Illinois, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

People include everything from John S. Kyser to Rex Ingram.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Illinois?" or "Which celebrities were born in Illinois?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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