Famous People from Illinois

Can you name these famous Illinoisans based on a short clue?
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From Cities other than Chicago
Clue
Hometown
Answer
Illinois is the "Land" of him
Springfield
Abraham Lincoln
"Animal House" comedian
Wheaton
John Belushi
"A Farewell to Arms" author
Oak Park
Ernest Hemingway
He built the McDonald's
franchise
Oak Park
Ray Kroc
Gipper President
Dixon
Ronald Reagan
"Ben-Hur" actor
Winnetka
Charlton Heston
Famously cool jazz trumpeter
East
St. Louis
Miles Davis
"Groundhog Day" star
Wilmette
Bill Murray
Han Solo
Park Ridge
Harrison Ford
Supermodel with a
famous mole
DeKalb
Cindy Crawford
2016 Democratic nominee
Park Ridge
Hillary Clinton
"High Fidelity" star
Evanston
John Cusack
Heptathlon champion
East
St. Louis
Jackie Joyner-
Kersee
From Chicago
Clue
Answer
Playboy founder
Hugh Hefner
Billionaire TV hostess
Oprah Winfrey
"Gold Digger" rapper
Kanye West
President #44
Barack Obama
Chicago mayor, 1989-2011
Richard M. Daley
Prohibition-era crime boss
Al Capone
Bears linebacker
1965-1973
Dick Butkus
"Untouchable"
Prohibition enforcer
Elliot Ness
He pities the fool
Mr. T
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Level 55
Jun 14, 2012
I'm surprised Derrick Rose didn't make the list
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Level 72
Sep 22, 2014
He was on the list for about a week, but he got hurt and had to be taken off.
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Level 32
Jul 26, 2014
kanye west was not born in Chicago he is from the south suburbs
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Level 82
Dec 1, 2014
So still Illinois then? Glad we got that cleared up.
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Level 43
Dec 2, 2014
True. Kanye's from Calumet City.
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Level 44
Jun 2, 2019
I'd consider Calumet City to be Chicago
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Level 63
Aug 20, 2019
Yes, but the point is that he is still from Illinois.
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Level 83
Aug 20, 2019
He was born in Atlanta but moved to the Chicago area when he was three.
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Level 63
Aug 20, 2019
This is just like New York. When someone mentions New York (the state) all people can think about is New York City. So it goes for Illinois. When Illinois is mentioned, most people only think about Chicago.
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Level 78
Nov 3, 2014
100% and even got a rapper question for once!
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Level 39
Nov 22, 2014
so of all the names that are misspelled but accepted, daly isn't accepted for chicago's mayor?
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Level 78
Dec 1, 2014
Neither was Dailey.
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Level 78
Aug 19, 2017
Nor Daily. A bit stringent, IMO.
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Level ∞
Aug 16, 2019
Added some more spelling variations.
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Level 68
Dec 1, 2014
Nice: knew Jackie Joyner-Kersee, missed Oprah.
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Level 71
Dec 1, 2014
Al Capone was a transplanted New Yorker - but he didn't live in Chicago. He only made his money there. He lived in next-door Cicero, just to the west of the city down Ogden Ave. Easier to buy the whole police department there, and safety was a quick drive away from the scene of the crimes.
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Level 63
Dec 1, 2014
Urg - 'Joyner' alone not accepted
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Level ∞
Aug 16, 2019
That will work now.
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Level 88
May 12, 2019
Wade, Rose, Isiah Thomas, or Coach K? Basketball is an important part of Chicago.
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Level 63
Aug 20, 2019
Chicago isn't the only city in Illinois.
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Level 80
Aug 20, 2019
:-/ I should have gotten Jackie. That was one of the few I missed. But she was the subject of one the readings in the text book I used with some of my lower level students in Saudi.
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Level 65
Aug 20, 2019
I feel like the word "from" needs to be changed in the description to something like "is associated with." In at least one case here I can personally vouch for having seen verified images of a birth certificate that proved the person was born in Hawaii. It was, in fact, a bit of a big deal at the time.
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Level 65
Aug 20, 2019
Hm. I don't know. I think "from" is flexible when people are talking about themselves. I've lived in Chicago for seven years, and when I last traveled abroad, I found myself telling people without even thinking about it that I'm from Chicago. I've been here long enough that it feels like home and I am not leaving any time soon. I personally feel much more kinship with this city than I ever did with New York, where I grew up. I know President Obama (unless you're talking about that big John Cusack birther debate) considers Chicago his hometown. He built his family here; he had his victory celebration here; and his presidential library is going here. So I think it's fair to say he's from Chicago. That's what he considers home.
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Level 65
Aug 20, 2019
I hear you on that. And, I totally get why Obama would be on the list, as well as why Capone would be on the list. But, don't you think "Illinoisan" implies that the people on this list are native daughters and sons?
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Level 44
Apr 25, 2020
I'm a big lib but I can't say I love the fact that far more people got Hefner than Reagan
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Level 70
May 2, 2020
For Elliot Ness answer could only think of Rex Banner (Simpsons) .Doh.