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Aspiring Chicago singer crowned Miss Illinois

Updated: June 15, 2014 4:28PM

MARION, Ill. — Marisa Buchheit of Chicago is the new Miss Illinois.

Buchheit was crowned Saturday night at the pageant in Marion in southern Illinois, according to downstate WSIL-TV. She is also Miss Chicago for 2014.

Buchheit was selected from a field of 31 contestants from around the state. According to her website, she is an aspiring opera singer.

Buchheit next will compete at the Miss America pageant in September in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

She takes over from 2013 Miss Illinois Brittany Smith of Elmhurst.

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