Leaders From Illinois

Illinois has produced a number of Leaders who have made it big. These include Ronald Reagan, Hillary Clinton, George Lincoln Rockwell, Herbert Sobel, Rahm Emanuel and others.

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 1 Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan
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Famous As: 40th President of the United States (1981-1989)
Birthdate: February 6, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: June 5, 2004

An actor turned union leader turned politician, Ronald Wilson Reagan served as the 40th president of America. Hailed for his public speaking and communication skills, Reagan is one of the most popular Presidents of USA, mainly due to his ‘America First’ economic policies which led to a decrease in inflation and unemployment rates during his tenure.

 2 Rick Scott

Rick Scott
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Famous As: 45th Governor of Florida
Birthdate: December 1, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Rick Scott is an American politician. Since 2019, Scott has been serving as the US senator from Florida. Even before becoming the senator, Scott had a major impact on Florida, serving as its 45th governor from 2011 to 2019. Scott, who had a great start to his career, was named among America's 25 Most Influential People by Time in 1996. 

 3 William Jennings Bryan

William Jennings Bryan
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Famous As: 41st United States Secretary of State (1913-15)
Birthdate: March 19, 1860
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: July 26, 1925
William Jennings Bryan had served as the U.S. secretary of state under President Woodrow Wilson and had also been the U.S. representative from Nebraska's 1st district. He ran for president thrice, though unsuccessfully. He also banned the teaching of evolution in schools, leading to the Scopes Monkey Trial.

 4 Herbert Sobel

Herbert Sobel
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Famous As: U.S. Army Officer
Birthdate: January 26, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 30, 1987

Herbert Sobel was an American military man who commanded Easy Company during World War II. Although he played a key role during the war, Sobel was despised by his soldiers due to his arrogance. In the 2001 war drama miniseries Band of Brothers, Herbert Sobel was portrayed by David Schwimmer.

 5 Jill Stein

Jill Stein
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Jill Stein is a physician who later became the presidential nominee for the Green Party in the 2012 and 2016 elections. She has also been the Green-Rainbow Party's candidate for the governorship of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010. She believed in the Green New Deal, including climate change reforms.

 6 George Lincoln Rockwell

George Lincoln Rockwell
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 9, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: August 25, 1967

George Lincoln Rockwell was an American politician. A neo-Nazi, Rockwell was discharged from the US Navy due to his political views. He denied the Holocaust and considered Hitler 'the White savior of the 20th century'. He also joined hands with other neo-Nazi groups and led the World Union of National Socialists. He is credited with founding the American Nazi Party.

 7 Deval Patrick

Deval Patrick
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
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 8 Betty Ford

Betty Ford
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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: April 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: July 8, 2011

Betty Ford served as the First Lady of the US from 1974 to 1977. One of the most popular First Ladies in history, Ford was a passionate supporter of abortion rights and worked towards raising breast cancer awareness. She commented on topics like sex, drugs, abortion, and equal pay. In 1991, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 9 Paul Tibbets

Paul Tibbets
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: February 23, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: November 1, 2007

 10 Wesley Clark

Wesley Clark
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: December 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 11 Frank Robinson

Frank Robinson
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Famous As: Baseball Player & Baseball Manager
Birthdate: August 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: February 7, 2019

 12 Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner
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Famous As: 42nd Governor of Illinois
Birthdate: February 18, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 13 Rick Snyder

Rick Snyder
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo

 14 James Stockdale

James Stockdale
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Famous As: Aviator, Politician
Birthdate: December 23, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: July 5, 2005

 15 Joe J. Walsh

Joe J. Walsh
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 16 Pete Wilson

Pete Wilson
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: August 23, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo

 17 Jo Jorgensen

Jo Jorgensen
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Famous As: Libertarian Party's nominee for president of the United States in the 2020 election
Birthdate: May 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus

 18 Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich
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Famous As: politician, lawyer
Birthdate: December 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 19 Donald Rumsfeld

Donald Rumsfeld
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 9, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Donald Rumsfeld served as Secretary of Defence under Gerald Ford, and George W. Bush. He was both the youngest and the oldest secretary of defence. Rumsfeld worked as U.S. Ambassador to NATO, White House Chief of Staff, U.S. Congressman, and CEO of two companies. He played a central role in the American invasion of Afghanistan and invasion of Iraq.

 20 Dennis Hastert

Dennis Hastert
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 21 Dick Durbin

Dick Durbin
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 22 Jon Corzine

Jon Corzine
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 23 Carol Moseley Braun

Carol Moseley Braun
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Famous As: politician, diplomat, prosecutor, lawyer
Birthdate: August 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo

 24 Richard J. Daley

Richard J. Daley
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Famous As: Former Mayor of Chicago
Birthdate: May 15, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: December 20, 1976

 25 Penny Pritzker

Penny Pritzker
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 2, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus

Penny Pritzke belongs to the influential Pritzker business family of Chicago and is the daughter of Hyatt co-founder Donald Pritzker. While she initially joined her family business and co-founded ventures such as the Pritzker Realty Group and PSP Partners, she later also served as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

 26 Adam Kinzinger

Adam Kinzinger
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces

 27 Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel
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Famous As: Former Mayor of Chicago
Birthdate: November 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Rahm Emanuel served as the Chicago mayor from 2011 to 2019 and as the White House chief of staff, under Barack Obama, from 2009 to 2010. He has also been a U.S. representative from Chicago earlier. His aggressive and no-nonsense style has earned him the nickname "Rahmbo.”

 28 John Ashcroft

John Ashcroft
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus

 29 William M. Daley

William M. Daley
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo

 30 Richard M. Daley

Richard M. Daley
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus

 31 Bill Cassidy

Bill Cassidy
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra

 32 Luis Gutierrez

Luis Gutierrez
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 10, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 33 Everett Dirksen

Everett Dirksen
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Famous As: Former U.S. Senator
Birthdate: January 4, 1896
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: September 7, 1969

 34 Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton
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Famous As: Former First Lady, Former Secretary of State
Birthdate: October 26, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Married to former US president, Bill Clinton, Hilary Clinton served as the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Thereafter, she became the first First Lady to hold US senator office. The former Secretary of State in the administration of Barrack Obama also fought and lost, as a Democratic nominee, the 2016 presidential election against Donald Trump.

 35 Mark Kirk

Mark Kirk
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo

 36 William S. Paley

William S. Paley
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Famous As: Executive
Birthdate: September 28, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: October 26, 1990

 37 Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 19, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries

 38 Michelle Wu

Michelle Wu
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Famous As: 55th Mayor of Boston
Birthdate: January 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 39 Jane Byrne

Jane Byrne
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Famous As: Mayor
Birthdate: May 24, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: November 14, 2014

 40 Henry John Hyde

Henry John Hyde
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 18, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: November 29, 2007

 41 William Proxmire

William Proxmire
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 11, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 15, 2005

 42 Ray LaHood

Ray LaHood
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 6, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 43 James R. Thompson

James R. Thompson
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Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: May 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus

 44 William E. Borah

William E. Borah
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Famous As: United States Senator
Birthdate: June 29, 1865
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: January 19, 1940

 45 Patricia Roberts Harris

Patricia Roberts Harris
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Famous As: Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Birthdate: May 31, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: March 23, 1985

 46 Janet Jagan

Janet Jagan
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: March 28, 2009

 47 Robert H. Michel

Robert H. Michel
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 2, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: February 17, 2017

 48 Jesse White

Jesse White
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Famous As: Politician, Baseball player
Birthdate: June 23, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer

 49 Dan Rostenkowski

Dan Rostenkowski
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 2, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: August 11, 2010

 50 Phil Crane

Phil Crane
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: November 8, 2014