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Miss Illinois 2022 winner announced

Jones won the title Saturday evening, June 11, at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center...
Jones won the title Saturday evening, June 11, at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center following five days of interviews, performances and rehearsals.(Colin Baillie)
Published: Jun. 11, 2022 at 3:36 PM CDT
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MARION, Ill. (KFVS) - The Miss Illinois 2022 competition crowned a winner last night.

Monica Nia Jones, 25, from Chicago has been named Miss Illinois 2022.

Jones won the title Saturday evening, June 11, at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center following five days of interviews, performances and rehearsals.

She was chosen from a group of 26 candidates from across the state.

According to Miss Illinois Marketing Director Nic Skovgaard, McKenna Vereeke, Miss River Valley was first runner up.

As Miss Illinois, Jones will spend the next year attending a variety of fundraisers and special events as well as promoting her platform of uniting people and communities through music and will represent the state at the Miss America competition in December.

A winner was also announced for the Miss Illinois’ Outstanding Teen 2022 competition in Marion Friday night, June 10.

Among the 26 women that competed, Mia Fritsch-Anderson from Chicago won the contest.

Skovgaard says Mia will now go on to compete for the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in Dallas in August.

The crowning ceremony will be held at the Marion Civic and Cultural Center.

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