Illinois became the 21st state on December 3, 1818. There are many famous people from Illinois, but these are 15 of the most famous people from Illinois. One of the brags of Illinois is Chicago known as the windy city, the same city that almost completely burned down in 1871. Illinois is one of our fifty states and here the famous people who were born there.
Bonnie Blair (1964 - ) bonnie Blair was born in Champaign, Illinois in 1964 and she is the only American woman to Win a U.S. record of five individual gold medals over three Olympic Games; Bonnie Blair was born in Illinois and she is known as a famous speed skater.
Tom Bosley (1927 - 2010) Thomas Edward "Tom" Bosley was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1927 and he died in 2010. Tom Bosley was an American actor, best known for portraying Howard Cunningham on the long-running ABC sitcom Happy Days. Additionally, he appeared on the series Murder, She Wrote and Father Dowling Mysteries, and originated the title role of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical Fiorello!, earning the 1960 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical.
Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947 - ) Hillary Rodham Clinton was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1947, she is a Lawyer, politician, First Lady to President Bill Clinton and the First Lady elected to the United States Senate. Hillary Rodham Clinton ran for President, but she lost to President Barrack Obama. She is the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama
Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911 - 2004) President Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois in 1911 and he died in 2004. Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States. Ronald Reagan served two terms as President of the United States; he was a former actor and the governor of California.
Walt Disney (1901 - 1966) Walt Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1901 and he died in 1966. Walt Disney was the Creator of Mickey Mouse and founder of the Disneyland and Walt Disney WorldTheme Parks; He lived in Hollywood. Walt Disney was a Christian and a Republican.
Robin Williams (1951 - ) Robin Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1951. Robin Williams is an actor who was made famous in the television show Mork and Mindy and movies such as Patch Adams and Toys. Robin Williams is also a comedian in his spare time.
Shel Silvertstein (1930 - 1999) Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1930 and he died in 1999. Shel Silverstein was an Author of children's books such as Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Giving Tree. His books are excellent and are still loved by children today.
Harrison Ford (1942 - ) Harrison Ford was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1942. He is an Actor made famous in Star Wars and as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark and its' sequels. Harrison Ford plays in many action movies which are my kind of movies, his latest film was Cowboys & Indians in 2011.
Bill Murray (1950 - ) Bill Murray was born in Wilmette, Illinois. He is an Actor made famous inSaturday Night Live and movies such as Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. His latest film will be Moonrise Kingdom and will be released sometime in 2012.
Fred MacMurray (1908 - 1991) Fred MacMurray was born in Kankakee, Illinois in 1908 and he died in 1991. Fred MacMurray was an American actor who appeared in more than 100 movies and had a highly successful television series during a career that spanned nearly a half-century, starting in 1930 and extending into the 1970s.
James "Wild Bill" Hickok (1837 - 1876) Wild Bill Hickock was born in Troy Grove, Illinois in 1837 and he died in 1876. Wild Bill Hickock was a scout and U.S. marshal in the Old West. He was killed by a shot to the back of the head by a man who was too afraid to face him face to face.
Dorothy Hamill (1956 - ) Dorothy Hamill was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1956 and she grew up in Riverside. Dorothy Hamill was an Olympic Gold Medalist and professional ice skater with the Ice Capades. She is one of the best known professional ice skaters in the United States
Burl Ives (1909 - 1995) Burl Ives was born in Hunt City, IL in 1909 and he died in 1905. Burl Ives Was an American actor, writer and folk music singer, his career spanned for many years in the entertainment business.
Anthony Joseph Adducci (1937 - 2006) Anthony Joseph Adducci was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1937 and he died in 2006. Anthony Joseph Adducci was a pioneer of the medical device industry in Minnesota. He is best known for co-founding Guidant Corp. precursor Cardiac Pacemakers, inc., now part of Boston Scientific, the company that manufactured the world's first lithium battery powered artificial pacemaker.
George Ferris (1859 - 1896) George Ferris was born in Galesburg, Illinois in 1859 and he died in 1896. George Ferris was the Inventor of the Ferris wheel for the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition. The Ferris Wheel had 36 cars, each fitted with 40 revolving chairs and able to accommodate up to 60 people, giving a total capacity of 2,160.
Illinois is a state where many famous people are from. Harrison Ford was born in Chicago, Illinois and went took us on adventures in space and archaeology. Ronald Reagan was born in Illinois and became one of the greatest Presidents in the history of the United States. Walt Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois and brought us some of the best amusement parks and kids movies that were ever made. Shel Silvertstein was born in Chicago, Illinois and created children's books which have been read by millions of happy children and their parents. One of the most famous lawmen of the wild west was born in Illinois and his legend still lives on today. These are some of the 15 most famous people from Illinois.