New Miss Illinois Crowned in Marion


By WSIL Manager

MARION -- A new Miss Illinois was crowned Saturday in Marion. The lucky lady is Miss Chicago Marisa Buchheit.     

31 contestants from all over the state took the stage, and there was a celebrity performance by Tess Boyer, who was a top 10 finalist from the tv show "The Voice."
This is the fourth year in a row that Miss Illinois' biggest event has been held in Marion. Organizers say the scholarship pageant may have found a new home for a while. 
"When we come down here, everyone is so nice, so cordial. All the establishments here, they just feel like I'm calling a friend, like 'Hey, I need something or could you do this for us.' They're fantastic," says Amalia Schwerdtmann, the Miss Illinois Board Chair.
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