Illinois is known for a lot of things: corruption, debt, taxes, wasteful spending. But, I think it would be beneficial for our collective mental well-being to take a quick break from depressing you with another top 10 list about Illinois’ serious problems.

There’s actually a decent amount of famous native Illinoisans, most of whom don’t live here anymore — if they are in fact still living. From writers, movie stars and politicians to notorious criminals, here are 10 famous people you may or may not have known are from Illinois.

10 Famous Illinoisans

Next article: Top 5 weirdest laws in Illinois.

  1. Illinois brought in record tax revenues last year and still can’t find a way to ease the deficit. How will raising taxes help? Use our Sound Off tool to tell your politicians no more!
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  5. Democrats approve $100 million Obama presidential library; moves to the House.