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

List of famous alumni from Western Illinois University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Western Illinois University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Western Illinois University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Western Illinois 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 Western Illinois University.

Items include everything from Rodney Harrison to John Mahoney.

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

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Mary Matalin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Editor, Commentator, Television producer
Mary Joe Matalin is an American political consultant well known for her work with the Republican Party. She has served under President Ronald Reagan, was campaign director for George H.W. Bush, ...more

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John Mahoney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Journalist, Actor, Voice acting
John Mahoney is an English-born American actor. Born in the United Kingdom, Mahoney started his career on the stage in 1977 and moved into film in 1980. He played Martin Crane in the American ...more

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Robert Nardelli is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Businessperson
Robert Louis "Bob" Nardelli is an American businessman. He was the chairman and chief executive officer of Chrysler. He had earlier served in a similar capacity at The Home Depot from ...more

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Lyra O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
TV Meteorologist, Meteorologist
A Chicago native, Lyra's move to Milwaukee to join WISN 12 News Team as weekend morning meteorologist brings her closer to home. She also contributes to expanded weather coverage weekdays on ...more

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Mike Scifres is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
American football player
Michael T. Scifres is a punter for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League.

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Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
American football player
Rodney Scott Harrison is a retired professional football player of the National Football League. Harrison played safety for the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots. He was a two-time Pro ...more

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Bryan Cox is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Coach, American football player
Bryan Keith Cox is a former American football linebacker who played twelve seasons in the NFL from 1991 through 2002. He is now a Defensive Line Coach for the Atlanta Falcons. Cox was a ...more

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Aaron Stecker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
American football player
Aaron Stecker is a former American football running back. He was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 1999. He played college football at Western Illinois and Wisconsin. ...more

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Kenneth L. Dixon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Journalist, Newspaper
Kenneth Lee "Ken" Dixon, was a prominent journalist who reported, edited, and penned columns for seven newspapers, including two in Louisiana -- Lake Charles and Baton Rouge. He was a ...more

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David Bowens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
American football player
David Walter Bowens is a former American football linebacker who played twelve seasons in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round of the 1999 NFL ...more

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William James is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
William James American football player
William James is former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Western Illinois. James has ...more

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Angela Hutti is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Meteorologist
FOX 2 Meteorologist ' ' ' Angela Hutti ' ' ' joined FOX 2 in October 2006 as a Weather Producer, And She also the Meteorologist on Saturday & Sunday Mornings, She excited to come home and ...more

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Dot Richardson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Physician
Dorothy Richardson is an American physician and former international softball player, and the head softball coach of the Liberty University softball team.

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Rich Seubert is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
American football player
Richard T. "Rich" Seubert is a former American football guard. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Giants out of Western Illinois University in 2001. He spent his ...more

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Tom Soehn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Tom Soehn Coach
Tom Soehn is an American former soccer player, manager, and former Director of Soccer Operations for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Major League Soccer.

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Edgerton Hartwell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Edgerton Hartwell American football player
Edgerton "Ed" Hartwell, II is a former American football linebacker. He played college football at Western Illinois and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the ...more

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Mike Wagner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
American football player
Michael Robert Wagner is a former professional football player, a safety for ten seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He won four Super Bowls as a member of the ...more

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Frank Winters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
American football player
Frank Mitchell Winters is a former American football center in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Green Bay Packers. Born in ...more

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Frisman Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Frisman Jackson American football player
Frisman Jackson is a former American football wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns in the National Football League. He is the current wide receivers coach at North Carolina State University.

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Booker Edgerson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
American football player
Booker Tyrone Edgerson is a former American college and Professional Football player. This graduate of Western Illinois University was a cornerstone of the American Football League Buffalo ...more

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Kimberly A. Lightford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Kimberly A. Lightford Politician
Kimberly Lightford is a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 4th district since 1998. She is Assistant Majority Leader and also serves on Labor, Education, Executive, ...more

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Russ Michna is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Russ Michna American football player
Russell Walter Michna is a Arena football quarterback who is currently a free agent. A two-time league champion of the United Football League, he is the only player that has been signed to a ...more

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Kirk Dillard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Lawyer
Kirk W. Dillard is a former Republican member of the Illinois State Senate, representing the 24th District from 1994 until his resignation in August 2014. He is also the former chairman of the ...more

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Larry Garron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
American football player
Larry Garron is an American former collegiate and Professional Football player. A fullback, he played college football at Western Illinois University, and played professionally in the American ...more

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Leroy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Leroy Jackson American football player
Leroy Jackson is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Western Illinois University and is a member of ...more