Miss Illinois
Formation1922
TypeBeauty pageant
Location
Membership
Miss America
Key people
Ashley Hatfield (Executive Director)
WebsiteOfficial website

The Miss Illinois is a pageant program affiliated with Miss America, which is competition for women models representing the state of Illinois.

The first "Miss Illinois" sent to the national pageant was Lois Delander who subsequently won the Miss America title. Including Delander, five Miss Illinois representatives have won the Miss America title.

Monica Nia Jones of Chicago was crowned Miss Illinois 2022 on June 11, 2022 at Marion Cultural Arts & Civic Center in Marion. She will represent Illinois and compete for the title of Miss America 2023.

Results summary

Lois Delander, Miss Illinois 1927 and Miss America 1927
Lois Delander, Miss Illinois 1927 and Miss America 1927

The following is a visual summary of the past results of Miss Illinois titleholders at the national Miss America pageants/competitions. The year in parentheses indicates the year of the national competition during which a placement and/or award was garnered, not the year attached to the contestant's state title.

Awards received by contestants competing as Miss Chicago at the national pageant are denoted with a "*".

Placements

Illinois holds a record of 36 placements at Miss America.[citation needed]

Awards

Preliminary awards

Non-finalist awards

Other awards

Winners

Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2022 Monica Nia Jones[1] Chicago 26 Miss Windy City Violin TBA TBA
2021 Isabelle Hanson[2] Glen Ellyn 25 Miss Northern Suburbs Violin Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award Previously Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen 2013[3]
2019–20[a] Ariel Beverly[5][6] Springfield 24 Miss East Central Vocal Equity & Justice Scholarship Award Finalist[7]
2018 Grace Khachaturian[8] Champaign 21 Miss Capital City Lyrical Dance, "You Raise Me Up" Previously Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen 2012[9]
2017 Abby Foster[10] Danville 21 Miss East Central Jazz Dance, Grease medley Top 15[11] America's Choice[11] Former NFL cheerleader for the Indianapolis Colts[12]

2nd runner-up at Miss Illinois USA 2020 pageant[13]
2016 Jaryn Franklin[15] East Moline 23 Miss Blackhawk Valley Vocal, "Dream a Little Dream of Me" STEM Scholarship Award
2015 Crystal Davis Anna 22 Miss Southern Illinois Vocal, "That's Life"
2014 Marisa Buchheit[16] Chicago 24 Miss Chicago Operatic Vocal, "Je veux vivre" from Roméo et Juliette Charles & Theresa Brown Scholarship[17] 1st runner-up at Miss Illinois USA 2018 competition[18]
2013 Brittany Smith Elmhurst 23 Miss Northern Suburbs Irish Step Dancing, "Lord of the Dance"
2012 Megan Jo Ervin[9] Rushville 23 Miss Quincy Dance, "Faithfully" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award Contestant at National Sweetheart 2011 pageant
2011 Hannah Smith[19] Huntley 20 Miss Windy City Ballet en Pointe, "Palladio" Top 10
2010 Whitney Thorpe-Klinsky New Baden 22 Miss River to River Tap Dance, "On the Dance Floor"
2009 Erin O'Connor Evergreen Park 20 Miss Macomb Ballet en Pointe, "I Wanna Dance with Somebody Remix"
2008 Katie Lorenz Chicago 24 Miss Chicago Lyrical Dance, "Footprints in the Sand"
2007 Ashley Hatfield[20] Anna 24 Miss Heartland Vocal, "To Love You More"
2006 Heidi Ekstrom Mundelein 24 Miss Kane County Ballet en Pointe, "Ride"
2005 Lauren Allen Batavia 21 Miss Western Suburbs Freestyle Gymnastics, "Rhythm of the Night"
2004 Michelle LaGroue Naperville 24 Miss Chicago Vocal, "I Know the Truth" from Aida Previously held the title of Miss Illinois in 2002 after Harold was named Miss America 2003
2003 Andrea Fritz Schaumburg 21 Lyrical Dance, "Dance With My Father"
2002 Michelle LaGroue Naperville Miss Tinley Park N/A Assumed the title after Harold was named Miss America 2003
Erika Harold Urbana 22 Miss Land of Lincoln Classical Vocal, "Habanera" Winner Preliminary Interview Award

Preliminary On-stage Interview Award

Overall Interview Award
2001 Kristin Castillo Macomb 18 Miss Macomb Classical Violin, "Praeludium & Allegro"
2000 Jenny Powers Andover, Massachusetts 21 Miss Northern Illinois Classical Vocal, "Quando me'n vo'" Preliminary Talent Award

Non-finalist Talent Award
Was eligible to compete for Miss Illinois as a student at Northwestern University
1999 Jade Smalls Evanston 21 Miss Chicago Classical Piano, "Etude in C Minor" 1st runner-up
1998 Amanda Jo Meadows Sycamore 20 Miss Macomb Baton, "María" Non-finalist Talent Award
1997 Ashley Eisenhauer Herrin Miss John A. Logan N/A Assumed the title after Shindle was named Miss America 1998
Katherine Shindle Evanston 20 Miss Lake-Cook Vocal, "Don't Rain on My Parade" Winner Preliminary Talent Award
1996 Tania Gibson Lake Barrington 19 Miss Fox River Valley Vocal, "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard
1995 Tracy Hayes Wheaton 22 Miss Greater DuPage County Vocal, "Tonight" 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1994 Chuti Tiu[21] Chicago 24 Miss Kankakee Classical Piano Non-finalist Talent Award Previously America's Junior Miss 1987[22]
1993 Sara Martin[23] Schaumburg 20 Miss Schaumburg Vocal, "Hello, Young Lovers" Non-finalist Talent Award Previously America's Junior Miss 1990[24]
1992 Kathleen Farrell Chicago 23 Miss Kankakee Classical Piano, "Danza No. 5" Non-finalist Talent Award Sister of Miss New York 1984, Mary-Ann Farrell and Miss Florida 1985, Monica Farrell

Later Miss Illinois USA 1994

Top 10 at Miss USA 1994 Mother of Miss Ohio 2022, Elizabetta Nies

1991 Cheryl Majercik Niles 26 Miss Chicago Classical Vocal, "O Mio Babbino Caro" Non-finalist Talent Award

Quality of Life Award
1990 Jaclyn Greer Granite City Miss Madison County N/A Assumed the title after Vincent was named Miss America 1991
Marjorie Vincent Oak Park 25 Miss Kankakee Classical Piano, Fantaisie-Impromptu Winner Preliminary Talent Award
1989 Jeri Lynn Zimmermann Evanston 21 Miss Northwestern University Vocal, "On My Own" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award Best known for playing the Borg Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager[25]
1988 Dawn Spicuzza Collinsville 22 Miss Mississippi Valley Vocal, "If I Loved You"
1987 Cindi Hodgkins Schaumburg 22 Miss Chicago Vocal Medley, "My Man" & "But the World Goes Round" Non-finalist Talent Award
1986 Lisa Heussner Pekin 21 Miss Pekin Dramatic Interpretation, "Emily Dickinson, Portrait of a Poet"
1985 Karen Moncrieff Chicago 21 Miss Northwestern University Popular Vocal, "Through the Eyes of Love" from Ice Castles
1984 Ruth Booker 21 Miss Chicago Vocal, "Kiss Me In the Rain"
1983 Rebecca Bush 24 Vocal, "It's My Turn" Played Detective Katie Grant on Jake and the Fatman[citation needed]
1982 Jaleigh Jeffers Mt. Carmel 21 Miss Southern Illinois Piano, '"Bumble Boogie"
1981 Sandra Truitt Evanston 25 Miss North Shore Classical Vocal, "Près des remparts de Séville" from Carmen 1st runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1980 Blythe Sawyer Naperville 22 Miss Chicago Classical Vocal, "The Jewel Song" from Faust Non-finalist Talent Award
1979 Elizabeth Russell Pekin 20 Miss Heart of Illinois Classical Vocal, "O Luce di Quest'Anima" from Linda di Chamounix Assumed title after original winner, Shanna McNeill, was stripped of the title[26][27]
1978 Debra Carlson Ottawa 19 Miss Ottawa Flute, "Carnival of Venice" Non-finalist Talent Award
1977 Nancy Beatty Avon 22 Miss Macomb Classical Vocal, "Voices of Spring"
1976 Betsy Jamison Mundelein 24 Miss Lake County Popular Vocal, "Who Will Buy?" from Oliver!
1975 Jean Waters Tuscola 22 Miss Crossroads Country Gymnastic Dance / Trampoline, "High School Cadets"
1974 Jean Ahern Hinsdale 21 Miss Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Ballet en Pointe, "Kitri's Variation" from Don Quixote 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1973 Colleen Metternich Carthage 23 Miss Heart of Illinois Piano, "Variations on a Twelve Note Theme" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1972 Carolyn Paulus Elmhurst 20 Miss Macomb Classical Vocal, "Glitter And Be Gay" from Candide
1971 Anita Pankratz Chicago 21 Miss Chicago Vocal / Piano, "Someone to Watch Over Me"
1970 Lynn Alexander Loami 18 Miss Springfield Classical Vocal, "Vissi d'arte"
1969 Dulcie Scripture Elgin 20 Miss Elgin Piano, "Khachaturian's Toccata" Non-finalist Talent Award
1968 Sharon Mitchell Westchester 19 Miss Bellwood-Westchester N/A Assumed the title after Ford was named Miss America 1969
Judith Ford Belvidere 18 Miss Boone County Acrobatic Dance & Trampoline, "The Blue Danube" Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Preliminary Talent Award
1967 Kathryn Myers Aurora 20 Miss Fox Valley Dramatic Reading from Ion
1966 Mary Lee Inzerello Elk Grove 19 Miss Adams County Modern Dance
1965 Kathleen Oros Granite City 20 Miss Granite City Popular Vocal, "Just You Wait" from My Fair Lady
1964 Patricia Quillen North Aurora 21 Miss Fox Valley Clarinet Finalist at National Press Photographers' Pageant 1962[citation needed]
1963 Judith Schlieper Decatur 20 Miss Decatur Siamese Dance
1962 Donnalyn Freund Winnetka 20 Miss Chicago Vocal, "I Enjoy Being a Girl" Non-finalist Talent Award Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Pamela Gilbert Carbondale 21 Miss Illinois Dramatic Reading Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1961 Nancy Kesler Oak Park 18 Miss Chicago Modern Dance Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Jacqueline Bingert Winthrop Harbor 21 Miss Illinois Tap Dance & India Ink Sketching
1960 Margaret McDowell Evanston 21 Miss Chicago Dramatic Reading Non-finalist Talent Award Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Vicky Joyce Nutter Vandalia 18 Miss Illinois Presentation of Fashion Designs Non-finalist Talent Award
1959 Carol Rubin Chicago 18 Miss Chicago Modern Jazz Dance Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Suzanne Ingeborg Johnson Chicago 21 Miss Illinois Vocal, "Hello, Young Lovers" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1958 Audra Deckmann Chicago Miss Chicago Dance Non-finalist Talent Award Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Anita Ruth Olson River Forest Miss Illinois Piano, "Rhapsody in G Minor" by Johannes Brahms
1957 Bette Lieb Chicago Miss Chicago Dramatic Monologue from Romeo and Juliet Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Jeannie Beacham Downers Grove Miss Illinois Drama, "The Great Debates"
1956 Sandra Jean Stuart Chicago Miss Chicago Water Ballet Video Presentation Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Tillie Micheletto Collinsville Miss Illinois Vocal
1955 Florence Gallagher Chicago Miss Chicago Semi-classical Vocal, "Love Is Where You Find It" 2nd runner-up Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Marian Elizabeth Cox Oak Park Miss Illinois Vocal, "If I Loved You"
1954 Regina Dombeck Chicago Miss Chicago Dramatic Monologue from Mary of Scotland by Maxwell Anderson Top 10 Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Patsy Bruce Carbondale Miss Illinois Dramatic Reading Miss Congeniality
1953 Carol Segermark Chicago Miss Chicago Vocal Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Jacquie Dumbauld Alton Miss Illinois Piano / Dance
1952 Jo Hoppe Chicago Miss Chicago Tap Dance 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Glenna Marie Pohly Rock Falls Miss Illinois Flute
1951 Adrianne Falcon Chicago Miss Chicago Vocal & Dance Top 10 Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Doris King Granite City Miss Illinois Dance
1950 Marjorie Adams Chicago Miss Chicago Monologue, "To the Lovely Margaret" Top 16 Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Catherine Kleinschmidt Granite City Miss Illinois Vocal, "Come to the Fair"
1949 Teresa Giorgian Chicago Miss Chicago Vocal, "Jealousy" Top 15 Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Trudi Germi Chicago Miss Illinois Classical Vocal, "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1948 Lois Nettleton Chicago Miss Chicago Dramatic Monologue from Saint Joan Top 15 Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Viola Ruth Hutmacher Quincy Miss Illinois Classical Vocal, "Italian Street Song"
1947 Joan Hiatt Chicago Miss Chicago Vocal, "Kiss In the Dark" Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Maree Evans Joliet Dress Design & Art
1946 Cloris Leachman Chicago Miss Chicago Comic Sketch, "One Man Radio Program" Top 16 Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Patricia Frye Pekin Miss Illinois Vocal / Tap Dance, "I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do" Top 16
1945 Lee Mercer Wieland Chicago Miss Chicago Monologue, "A Lesson With a Fan" Top 13 Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Beverly Long Joliet
1944 Elaine Steinbach Chicago Miss Chicago Vocal, "You'll Never Know" 3rd runner-up Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Betty June King Bloomington Miss Illinois Acrobatic Dance, "Stardust" Top 12
1943 Marjorie Nelson Chicago Miss Chicago Rhythmic Ballet Top 10 Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Dorothy Belle Kohrt Ottawa, Illinois Miss Illinois
1942 Bette Brunk Chicago Miss Chicago Hula, "Hawaiian War Chant" 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Patricia Hayes Rochelle Miss Illinois Dramatic Recitation Top 10
1941 No Illinois representative at Miss America pageant[28][29]
1940
1939 Ethel Lorraine Lodbell Chicago Miss Chicago Monologue, "From the Diary of a Contestant" Top 15 No Miss Illinois

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
1938 No Illinois representative at Miss America pageant[30][31]
1937
1936 Genevieve Anderson Chicago Miss Chicago Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Arlene Causey Chicago Miss Cook County 3rd runner-up Best Model
Virginia Moeller Springfield
1935 No Illinois representative at Miss America pageant[32]
1934 No national pageant was held[33]
1933 Lillian Kroner 18 N/A Disqualified because she resided in St. Louis, Missouri
1932 No national pageants were held[33]
1931
1930
1929
1928
1927 Myrtle Valsted Chicago Miss Chicago N/A[34] Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at national pageant
Gladys Vile Danville Miss Danville
Lois Delander Joliet 16 Miss Illinois Winner
Anna G. Bernard Springfield Miss Springfield
1926 Mae Greene Chicago Miss Chicago Competed under local title at national pageant
1925 Margarita Gonzales Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at national pageant
Lucille Burns Elgin Miss Elgin
1924 Margaret Leigh Chicago Miss Chicago 4th runner-up Multiple Illinois representatives

Contestants competed under local title at national pageant
Virginia Lipscomb Decatur Miss Decatur
1923 Corrine Dellefield[35] Chicago Miss Chicago Competed under local title at national pageant
1922 Georgia Hale[36] 22 Competed under local title at national pageant

Later starred in Charlie Chaplin's 1925 film, The Gold Rush,[37] and the 1926 silent film, The Great Gatsby[38]
1921
No Illinois representative at Miss America pageant[39]
Notes
  1. ^ Titleholder extended to a second full year in 2020 after state and national pageants postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic[4][5]

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