List of people from Champaign, Illinois

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The following list includes notable people who were born or have lived in Champaign, Illinois. For a similar list organized alphabetically by last name, see the category page People from Champaign, Illinois.

Business, science, and engineering[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Abramovitz, MaxMax Abramovitz May 23, 1908 Sep 12, 2004 Architect Graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Anderson, ScottScott Anderson Jun 26, 1913 Oct 1, 2006 Physicist President of the Rotary Club of Champaign (1963 to 1964); founder of the Urban League of Champaign County
Andreessen, MarcMarc Andreessen Marc Andreessen.jpg Jul 9, 1971 Co-author of Mosaic and founder of Netscape Graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Bardeen, JohnJohn Bardeen Bardeen.jpg May 23, 1908 Jan 30, 1991 Electrical engineer and physicist; two time Nobel Prize winner in Physics Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Chen, SteveSteve Chen YouTube TaiwanVersionLaunch SteveChen-1.jpg Aug 18, 1978 Co-founder of YouTube Graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Karim, JawedJawed Karim Jawed Karim 2008.jpg Jan 1, 1979 Co-founder of YouTube Graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Liautaud, Jimmy JohnJimmy John Liautaud Founder of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Leggett, Anthony JamesAnthony James Leggett 2005 2005 Physicist; Nobel Prize winner in Physics Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Sanders, JerryJerry Sanders Sep 12, 1936 Founder and CEO of Advanced Micro Devices Graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Sarett, Lewis HastingsLewis Hastings Sarett Dec 22, 1917 Nov 29, 1999 Inventor of synthetic cortisone Born in Champaign
Tobin, JamesJames Tobin Mar 5, 1918 Mar 11, 2002 Laureate of the Nobel prize in economics (1981) Born in Champaign
Wallace, David FosterDavid Foster Wallace David Foster Wallace headshot 2006.jpg Feb 21, 1962 Sep 12, 2008 Author of Infinite Jest Lived in Champaign
Wolfram, StephenStephen Wolfram Stephen Wolfram PR.jpg Aug 29, 1959 Founder of Wolfram Research, makers of Mathematica Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Crime[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Kazmierczak, Steven PhillipSteven Phillip Kazmierczak Aug 26, 1980 Feb 14, 2008 Perpetrator in the Northern Illinois University shooting Attended the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Kenyon, Michael H.Michael H. Kenyon 1944 Convicted criminal; nicknamed the "Enema Bandit" Graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Slover, Karyn HearnKaryn Hearn Slover 2005 2005 1996 murder victim

Media and arts[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Beeson, MarcMarc Beeson Dec 20, 1954 Country music singer and songwriter Born in Champaign
Bodett, TomTom Bodett Feb 23, 1955 Author, voice over actor, and spokesman Born in Champaign
Chang, IrisIris Chang Iris Chang.jpg Mar 28, 1968 Author (The Rape of Nanking) Graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Chua, AmyAmy Chua Amychua4.png Oct 26, 1962 Author (Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother) Born in Champaign
Felton, JeremihJeremih Felton Julie Moran with Jeremih at the 2009 American Music Awards.jpg Jul 17, 1987 R&B singer Attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Fisher, Hart D.Hart D. Fisher Comic book creator and publisher Born in Champaign
Geist, BillBill Geist May 10, 1945 CBS News correspondent and author Born in Champaign
Gunn, NathanNathan Gunn Nov 26, 1970 operatic baritone; one of People Magazine's 2008 Sexiest Men Alive Graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Hager, StevenSteven Hager May 25, 1951 Magazine editor Born in Champaign
Hamm, StuartStuart Hamm Feb 8, 1960 Bass guitar player Grew up in Champaign
Krauss, AlisonAlison Krauss Alison Krauss MerleFest 2007 01.jpg Jul 23, 1971 Bluegrass singer Grew up in Champaign
Bridges, ChristopherChristopher Bridges

(a.k.a. Ludacris)

Ludacris 2008.jpg Sep 11, 1977 Rapper Born in Champaign
Mondak, JeffJeff Mondak Mar 26, 1962 Children's poet and songwriter Lives in Champaign
Will, GeorgeGeorge Will GeorgeWill06.jpg May 4, 1941 Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Born in Champaign
Wilson, DouglasDouglas Wilson Interior designer and television personality (Trading Spaces) Graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bands[edit]

Name Image Founded Disbanded Music Association Reference
The Beauty Shop Beautyshop07.jpg 1999 2008 Alt-country band Formed in Champaign
Braid 1993 present Rock band Formed in Champaign
Champaign 1981 present R&B, soft rock group Formed in Champaign
Elsinore Elsinore Press Photo-2013.jpg 2004 present Indie rock band Formed in Champaign
Headlights Headlights2.jpg 2004 2012 Indie rock band Formed in Champaign
Hum 1989 2013 Alternative rock group Formed in Champaign
Pacifica Quartet 1994 present 2008 Grammy-winning string quartet Were the Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Illinois School of Music from 2003-2012
Poster Children 1987 present Rock group Formed in Champaign
REO Speedwagon REO.jpg 1967 present Rock group Formed in Champaign
Starcastle 1969 2006 Rock group Formed in Champaign

Politics[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
McCollum, VashtiVashti McCollum Vashti McCollum.jpg Nov 6, 1912 Aug 20, 2006 Plaintiff in the landmark 1948 Supreme Court case McCollum v. Board of Education Lived and died in Champaign

Sports[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Bailey, ChantalChantal Bailey May 28, 1965 Olympic speed skater Born in Champaign
Beck, Walter "Boom-Boom"Walter "Boom-Boom" Beck Boom-BoomBeckGoudeycard.jpg Oct 16, 1904 May 7, 1987 Pitcher for six Major League Baseball teams Lived and died in Champaign
Blair, BonnieBonnie Blair Bonnie Blair.jpg Mar 18, 1964 Speed skater, Olympic gold medalist Grew up in Champaign
Brainard, FredFred Brainard Feb 17, 1892 Apr 17, 1959 Infielder for the New York Giants Born in Champaign
Branson, DonDon Branson Jun 2, 1920 Nov 12, 1966 Indy-car driver [citation needed]
Dickerson, MarianneMarianne Dickerson Nov 14, 1960 Long-distance runner; silver medalist at the 1983 World Championships in Athletics [citation needed]
Dunn, SteveSteve Dunn Apr 18, 1970 First baseman for the Minnesota Twins Born in Champaign
Herges, MattMatt Herges Matt herges Cleveland01.JPG Apr 1, 1970 Pitcher for eight Major League Baseball teams Born in Champaign
Hodges, ReggieReggie Hodges Reggie Hodges in 2012.jpg Jan 26, 1982 Punter for the Cleveland Browns Born in Champaign
Jackson, BershawnBershawn Jackson Bershawn Jackson Bislett Games 2008.jpg May 8, 1983 Olympic 400M hurdler Lives in Champaign
Khan, RhakaRhaka Khan Rhaka Khan Entrance.jpg Dec 25, 1981 Wrestler with the World Wrestling Entertainment Born in Champaign
Kuck, JonathanJonathan Kuck Jonathan Kuck 2013.jpg Mar 14, 1990 Speed skater and silver medalist in the 2010 Winter Olympics Attending University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Laz, DonDon Laz May 17, 1929 Feb 21, 1996 Pole vaulter; Olympic silver medalist [citation needed]
Leman, JeremyJeremy Leman J leman hit.jpg Mar 1, 1985 Linebacker for Illinois Illini and six NFL teams Born and lives in Champaign
Leshoure, MikelMikel Leshoure Mikel Leshoure at the 2012 Detroit Lions training camp.jpg Mar 30, 1990 Running back for the Detroit Lions Graduated from Centennial High School in Champaign
Mattes, TroyTroy Mattes Aug 26, 1975 Pitcher for the Montreal Expos Born in Champaign
McGill, TylerTyler McGill Aug 18, 1987 Swimmer, US Olympic team 2012 Born in Champaign
Mendenhall, RashardRashard Mendenhall Rashard Mendenhall.jpg Jun 19, 1987 Illini and NFL running back Played football for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Pfeffer, Big JeffBig Jeff Pfeffer Big Jeff Pfeffer 1.png Mar 31, 1882 Dec 19, 1954 Pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, Boston Beaneaters/Doves and Boston Rustlers Born in Champaign
Radebaugh, RoyRoy Radebaugh Roy Radebaugh.jpg Feb 22, 1881 Jan 17, 1945 Pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals Born in Champaign
Reutter, KatherineKatherine Reutter Olympic Medals - vertical - T.Benshoof.jpg Jul 30, 1988 Short track speed skater, Olympic silver medalist Born in Champaign
Rice, RayvonteRayvonte Rice Jul 14, 1992 Starting guard for the Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team, Born in Champaign
Richards, BobBob Richards Feb 20, 1926 Pole vaulter; Olympic gold medalist [citation needed]
Seward, AdamAdam Seward Jun 15, 1982 Linebacker for the Carolina Panthers Born in Champaign
Stevenson, EmilyEmily Stevenson Jul 26, 1925 Backup catcher in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Born in Champaign

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