Since this is a “to-do” list, there had to be something actionable associated with each person — tour the birthplace or check out a certain museum, for example. That ruled out a lot of influential Illinoisans. (Hello, Walt Disney. Still waiting for his former home in Hermosa to open to the public.)
We tried to highlight folks in a wide range of disciplines, from politics to pop culture, and from all corners of the state.
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