Whitney Wandland Crowned Miss Illinois USA 2017
Whitney Wandland was crowned as Miss Illinois USA 2017 on September 12, 2016. Whitney Wandland succeeds Miss Illinois USA 2016, Zena Malak and will now represent her state Illinois, in the coming edition of Miss USA 2017, wherein Deshauna Barber of District of Columbia will pass on her crown to her successor.
At the coronation gala of Miss Illinois USA 2017, Degi Purav was adjudged as the first runner up, Hanna Poitras was titled as the second runner up, Gina Melchiorri was announced as the third runner up and Angel Reyes finished as the fourth runner up.
During the same event, Olivia Bohleber was crowned as Miss Teen Illinois USA 2017. Olivia Bohleber will represent Illinois at Miss Teen USA 2017, whereby Karlie Hay of Texas will crown her successor. She succeeds Miss Illinois Teen USA 2016, Olivia Pura.
Illinois has four Miss USA crowns in its kitty under the representation of Karen Morrison in 1974, Amanda Jones in 1973, Marite Ozers in 1963 and Myrna Hansen in 1953.