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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
Mary Matalin 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
John Mahoney 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
Robert Nardelli 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
Lyra O'Brien 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
Mike Scifres 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
Rodney Harrison 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
Bryan Cox 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
Aaron Stecker 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
Kenneth L. Dixon 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
David Bowens 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
Angela Hutti 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
Dot Richardson 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
Rich Seubert 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
Mike Wagner 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
Frank Winters 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
Booker Edgerson 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
Kirk Dillard 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
Larry Garron 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

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Michael Boatman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Michael Boatman Novelist, Screenwriter, Actor Michael Patrick Boatman is an Image Award-nominated American actor and writer. He is best known for his roles as New York City mayoral aide Carter Heywood in the ABC sitcom Spin City, as U.S. ...more

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Thomas M. Kilroy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Thomas M. Kilroy Businessperson Tom Kilroy is vice president and general manager of Intel Corporation's Digital Enterprise Group. As co-general manager, Kilroy is focused on delivering leading platforms and products to ...more

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Richard P. Lavin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Richard P. Lavin Rich P. Lavin is group president of Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, Illinois. He has responsibility for the companys Japan Integration Division, Asia Pacific Marketing Division, Asia Pacific ...more

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G. A. Stampanato is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
G. A. Stampanato Gary A. Stampanato is vice president of Caterpillar's Infrastructure Product Development Division. He has worldwide product development responsibility for motor graders, hydraulic excavators, ...more

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John Palyok is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
John Palyok John Palyok is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Vanuatu.

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Warren Weiss is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Warren Weiss Warren focuses primarily on investments in emerging software companies—both licensed and software as a service—as well as the clean tech industry. Warren currently serves on the boards of BSG ...more

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Kosuke Kimura is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Kosuke Kimura Footballer Kosuke Kimura is a Japanese footballer who currently plays for Widzew Łódź. He was the first player in the league's history who was born in Japan.

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Richard Haley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Richard Haley Baseball player Richard Timothy Haley was a professional baseball catcher. He played all or part of three seasons in Major League Baseball, from 1915 through 1917 for the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia ...more

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John Teerlinck is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
John Teerlinck Coach, American football player John Teerlinck is a former American football player and coach. Teerlinck has coached 32 playoff games, including six Championship games and four Superbowls. Teerlinck earned three Super Bowl ...more

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Cynthia Nava is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Cynthia Nava Cynthia L. Nava is a former Democratic member of the New Mexico Senate. She represented the 31st District from 1992 to 2012.

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J. R. Niklos is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
J. R. Niklos American football player John Russell Niklos II is a former American football fullback.

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Don Beebe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Don Beebe American football player Don Lee Beebe is a former American football wide receiver who played for the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and Green Bay Packers of the NFL, and is considered one of the fastest players in ...more

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Dennis Morgan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Dennis Morgan American football player Dennis Morgan is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football at Western Illinois ...more

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Charles R. Shoemate is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Charles R. Shoemate Mr. Shoemate is the retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bestfoods, a manufacturer of food products. He was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Bestfoods, ...more

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Stephen P. Larson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Stephen P. Larson Stephen P. Larson is vice president with responsibility for the Logistics Division. Larson joined Caterpillar in 1979 and has held a series of positions in the areas of accounting, finance and ...more

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Tim Walberg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Tim Walberg Politician Timothy Lee "Tim" Walberg is the current U.S. Representative for Michigan's 7th congressional district, and was also the former Congressman for the district from 2007 to 2009.

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Matthew Shirk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Matthew Shirk Lawyer Matthew Aaron Shirk is an American lawyer currently serving as Public Defender for Florida's Fourth Judicial Circuit. He was elected to the position, which covers Clay, Duval, and Nassau ...more

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Mark Tatge is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Mark Tatge Journalist Mark W. Tatge is an American journalist. He was a senior editor at Forbes magazine, a staff reporter at the Wall Street Journal, and an investigative reporter in the Statehouse Bureau of ...more

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Paul Vallas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Paul Vallas Paul Gust Vallas is an American former superintendent of the Bridgeport Public Schools, a former Superintendent of the Recovery School District of Louisiana, and a former CEO of Chicago Public ...more

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John Rosemond is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
John Rosemond Psychologist, Author John Rosemond has authored 14 parenting books, pamphlets and writes a nationally syndicated column on parenting. He has two children, Eric and Amy. Rosemond grew up in Charleston, SC, and the ...more

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Rick Short is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Rick Short Baseball player Richard Ryan Short is a former Major League Baseball infielder who is currently a scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He retired in 2009 after playing for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the ...more

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C.T. Vivian is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
C.T. Vivian Writer, Minister of religion Cordy Tindell Vivian, usually known as C. T. Vivian, is a minister, author, and was a close friend and lieutenant of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. during the American Civil Rights ...more

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Lamar McGriggs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Lamar McGriggs Lamar V. McGriggs is a former National Football League and Canadian Football League linebacker, having last played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. On February 22, 2006, McGriggs became a free ...more

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Susan Peters is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Susan Peters Journalist Susan Peters is a main anchor on KAKE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Wichita, Kansas. She has won regional Emmy awards for her reporting in both California and Kansas. In January 2007, this Wikipedia ...more

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Don Greco is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Western Illinois University Alumni
Don Greco American football player Donald Greco born April 1, 1959 in St. Louis, Missouri is a former American football offensive guard in the National Football League. Greco was selected in the third round by the Detroit Lions ...more