Miss Illinois USA

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss America, see Miss Illinois.
Shanon Lersch, Miss Illinois USA 2008

The Miss Illinois USA pageant is a competition that selects the representative for the state Illinois in the Miss USA pageant.

Illinois is one of the most successful states in the competition. It is one of only four states to have won four or more Miss USA titles and one of only three states to win two Miss USA titles in consecutive years. All four winners came from the early history of the competition, with their last Miss USA being Karen Morrison, who held the title in 1974. The pageant's most successful years were from 1984 to 1996, when all but two delegates made the cut at Miss USA. That period was followed by many years without a placement, until Stacie Juris finished second runner-up in 2013, the state's highest placement since Catherine Warren, placed Top 15 in 2006.

In 1986, sisters Tricia and Laura Bach won the title consecutively, the first occasion of this in the history of the Miss Universe organization.[1] Later on in 1994 Kathleen Farrell, sister of Miss Florida USA 1988 won the title, making the state pageant the first to have two sisters compete in Miss USA.

Results summary[edit]

Placements[edit]

  • Miss USA winners: Myrna Hansen (1953), Marite Ozers (1963), Amanda Jones (1973), Karen Morrison (1974)
  • Second runners-up: Laura Bach (1985), Nichole Holmes (1995), Stacie Juris (2013)
  • Third runners-up: June Pickney (1958), Debra Niego (1979), Jill Gulseth (2005)
  • Fourth runners-up: Celeste Ravel (1954)
  • Top 6: Lisa Morgan (1991)
  • Top 10: LaVonne Misselle (1984), Tricia Bach (1986), Joan Berge (1987), Gina Zordani (1988), Kelly Holub (1989), Bernadette Przybycien (1996)
  • Top 12: Kathy Schmalen (1976), Carla Myers (1990), Kathleen Farrell (1994)
  • Top 15: Dianne Daniggelis (1955), Marianne Gaba (1957), Jean Donnelly (1962), Beverly Lacek (1967), Catherine Warren (2006)

Awards[edit]

  • Miss Photogenic: Elizabeth Curran (1977), Nichole Holmes (1995)
  • Best State Costume: Kelly Holub (1989)

Titleholders[edit]

Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2015 Renee Wronecki Burbank 22
2014 Lexi Atkins Champaign 21 Previously Miss Illinois Teen USA 2010 and 1st runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2010
2013 Stacie Juris Tinley Park 22 2nd runner-up Previously Miss Illinois Teen USA 2009
2012 Ashley Hooks Flossmoor 25
2011 Angela Sparrow Chicago 26 Indiana Pacers Pacemate
2010 Ashley Bradarich Homer Glen 23 Sister of Carlyn Bradarich, Miss Iowa USA 2014
2009 Ashley Bond Oswego 24 Chicago Bulls Luvabull'
2008 Shanon Lersch Chicago 25 Chicago Bulls Luvabull
2007 Mia Heaston Chicago 25
2006 Catherine Warren Lake Forest 23 Top 15 Contestant on The Bachelor: Officer and a Gentleman
2005 Jill Gulseth Geneva 21 3rd runner-up
2004 Molly Graham Montgomery 24
2003 Agnieszka Zakreta Rolling Meadows 24 Miss Tourism International 1999 as Miss Poland
2002 Amanda Reynolds Marion 23 Contestant at National Sweetheart 2001
2001 Rebecca Ambrosi Chicago 24
2000 Constance Stoetzer Abingdon 26
1999 Christina Lam Makanda 19 Later Mrs. Tennessee America 2007 and 1st runner-up to Mrs. America 2007 under her married name, Christina Ryan
1998 Mandy Lane Elizabethtown 21 Contestant in Fear Factor USA Christmas Edition (Place 4th) & Fear Factor USA Second Chance Episode (Place 2nd)
1997 Jennifer Salinas South Holland 21
1996 Bernadette Przybycien Chicago 24 Semi-finalist
1995 Nichole Holmes Marion 20 2nd runner-up Miss Photogenic
1994 Kathleen Farrell Chicago 24 Top 10 Semi-finalist Miss Illinois 1992 (Non-finalist Talent award at Miss America 1993), Sister of Miss Florida USA 1988 who was 3rd runner up at Miss USA 1988
1993 Susie Park Chicago 25
1992 Leilani Magnussen Glendale Heights 21
1991 Lisa Morgan Inverness 21 Top 6 Finalist
1990 Karla Myers Chicago 22 Semi-finalist
1989 Kelly Holub Buffalo Grove 22 Semi-finalist Best State Costume award
1988 Gina Zordani Palos Heights 23 Semi-finalist
1987 Joan Berge Arlington Heights 21 Semi-finalist
1986 Tricia Bach Elmhurst 22 Semi-finalist Miss Teen All American 1983, sister of Miss Illinois USA 1985
1985 Laura Bach Elmhurst 23 2nd Runner-up 1st runner up at Miss Oktoberfest 1986, sister of Miss Illinois USA 1986
1984 LaVonne Misselle Toluca 19 Semi-finalist
1983 Vanessa Romine Rockford 24
1982 Carla Danielson Chicago 21
1981 Leslie Renfrow Chicago 21 4th runner up at Miss Oktoberfest 1980
1980 Karen Groat Princeton 18
1979 Debra Niego Oak Lawn 20 3rd Runner-up Miss Oktoberfest 1979
1978 Suzanne Piche Lombard 22 Represented Illinois in the 1974 Miss World USA pageant
1977 Elizabeth Curran Park Ridge 21 Miss Photogenic
1976 Kathy Schmalen Oak Lawn 18 Semi-finalist
1975 Connie Reif Wheeling 18
1974 Karen Morrison St. Charles 19 Miss USA 1974 Semifinalist at Miss Universe 1974
1973 Amanda Jones Evanston 22 Miss USA 1973 1st runner up at Miss Universe 1973
1972 Jani Hall Big Rock
 21
1971 Paulette Breen Chicago 24
1970 Carol Pepoon Skokie 18
1969 Christine Jalloway Chicago 23
1968 Sandra Wolsfeld Wheaton 21 Miss World United States 1970, semifinalist in Miss World 1970
1967 Beverly Lacek Chicago 23 Semi-finalist
1966 Cheryl Setser Woodstock 19
1965 Diane Gortz Schiller Park 18
1964 Karen Wiesbrook Wheaton 18
1963 Marite Ozers Chicago 19 Miss USA 1963 Semifinalist at Miss Universe 1963, represented Chicago, IL in Miss World USA 1962, did not place.
1962 Jean Donnelly Dekalb 20 Semi-finalist
1961 Dianne Duffey Elmhurst 19
1960 Patricia Thompson Chicago 21
1959 Arlene Kaye Western Springs 19
1958 June Pickney Chicago 22 3rd Runner-up
1957 Marianne Gaba Chicago 18 Semi-finalist Playboy playmate September 1959
1956 Muriel Blair Chicago 23
1955 Betty Daniggelis Chicago 18 Semi-finalist Winner of the 1955 National Press Photographers Pageant
1954 Celeste Ravel Chicago 23 4th Runner-up
1953 Myrna Hansen Chicago 17 Miss USA 1953 1st runner up at Miss Universe 1953; previously was a finalist in the National Press Photographers pageant in 1953
1952 Sherry Matulis Peoria 19

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sisters reign, Bach to Bach". Chicago Sun-Times. 1986-02-25. p. 24. 

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