By Mark Potash, Chicago Sun-Times

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Illinois has produced many outstanding and game-changing athletes, so it’s a tough job to create any top 10 list.

The Illinois Press Association and Illinois Associated Press Media Editors enlisted longtime Chicago Sun-Times sports reporter Mark Potash for the job. Here is his list of the top 10 athletes from Illinois.

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