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ILLINOIS Pageants Board for Teen, Miss, Ms and Mrs
Subject: Talk about something new for the love of God!!! Like USA this weekend! I just saw the contestants! It's going to be tough! A battle to the end between Gina, Zena, Jasmine and Marcela. That's my guess. Good luck ladies!

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Date Posted: 11:26:54 09/08/15 Tue


Subject: Crystal says (Click In) she's attending Southeast Missouri State University ....Since when? And she looks like an old lady in the Welcome Video.

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Date Posted: 06:28:34 09/08/15 Tue


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Date Posted: 22:15:50 09/07/15 Mon


Subject: Why Does Glen Schwerdtmann have a Facebook page titled Julie Schoenbeck? Is this Amalia's spy page?

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Date Posted: 09:28:11 09/07/15 Mon


Subject: Photo from USA Prelims

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Date Posted: 23:47:20 09/05/15 Sat

Miss Illinois USA 2016 Preliminary Award Winners - Miss South Loop Brittany Middlebrooks (Spirit Award) - Miss Glenview Gemma Berto (Congeniality) and Miss Carol Steam Zena Malak (Photogenic)


Subject: Michela Moe

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Date Posted: 13:38:13 09/04/15 Fri

Michela Moe, Miss Windy City and 2nd RU at Miss Illinois, is competing in the National Sweetheart Pageant in Hoopeston this weekend. Good luck, Michela!

Subject: I am so sick of people feeling sorry for Crystal. I feel sorry for the girls that spent lots of money this year and got screwed. I cannot imagine how they feel in this situation.

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Date Posted: 10:17:18 09/04/15 Fri


Subject: Miss IL USA Contestants/ IL Teen USA Contestants

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Date Posted: 22:05:13 09/03/15 Thu

Madison Mueller (4RU)


MISS IL USA 2016 (87)
•Helen Alex • Darien

•Vickie Apostolopoulos • Barrington

•Jazz-Min Arceneaux • Bolingbrook

•Emily Argo • Washington Strong

•Kristen Batte • Macon County

•Pamela Bazan • Lake Villa

•McKenzie Behrends • Tremont

•Shani Belshaw • Western Illinois (NF 14)

•Julia Benson • Fighting Illini

•Gemma Berto • Glenview (3RU 15, SF 14, NF 13)

•Giavanna Bettinardi • Lemont

•Allysa Blaylock • Madison County

•Amber Bond • Normal (NF 15)

•Beautyful Brown • Glencoe

•Carrington Bruton • City of Champions (NF 11-14)

•Brittney Burks • Native Violet

•Nicole Capone • Greater Chicago

•Elaina Cokinos • Elsah (SF & Photogenic MD TUSA 14)

•Grayse Cook • Henry

•Ciara Corley • Centreville (NF 14)

•Alexis Dames • Channahon (NF IL TUSA 14)

•Donna Davis • Kane County

•Caitlin del Rosario • Montgomery

•Courtney Ecton • Chicago

•Sadira Fauntleroy • Aurora

•Daniela Fernandez • Warbound

•Emily Fiedler • Lisle (NF 15)

•Taylor Foster • Granite City

•Hannah Fronczak • Streeterville

•Tiffany Gabriel • Orland Park

•Marcela Gillen • Peoria County

•Natalia Globa • Chicagoland

•Hannah Gowdy • Heart of the South (SF 14, SF IL TUSA 13)

•Jasmine Guy • Norwood Park (SF 14, 3RU 13, SF 11, SF 10)

•Taylor Hardy • Mississippi Valley

•Jenna Harner • Southern Illinois

•Krstina Harvel • Lions

•Wandjell Harvey-Robinson • The Prairie State

•Kaylea Heideman • Iroquois County

•Amanda Henry • Lake Forest

•Maya Hufman • Island Lake

•Deimante Jakelaityte • Evergreen Park

•Jayde Johnson • Windy City

•Courtney Jurick • Lakeshore

•Ashley Kamins • Bloomington

•Taara King • Jewel of the Midwest

•Trisha Kopchik • City of Lights (NF IL TUSA 09)

•Paw Ku • City of Diversity

•Awien Kuanyin-Agoth • Cook County (Miss South Sudan World 2014)

•Jessica Kunamalla • Naperville

•Kathryn Lanute • Sugar Grove

•Melissa LaValle • North Shore

•Samantha Lewis • Tri State

•Brooke Major • Bourbonnais

•Zena Malak • Carol Stream (4RU & Photogenic 13)

•Tasha Meehan • Lake Zurich (NF IL TUSA 13)

•Gina Melchiorri • Lakeview (1RU 15, 3RU IA USA 14, 3RU IA USA 13)

•Brittany Middlebrooks • South Loop (NF 13, NF 12)

•Brittany Moore • Christian County (SF 15, NF IL TUSA 14)

•Rachel Mytnik • Romeoville (NF IL TUSA 13)

•Jessica New • Metro Chicago

•Ashley Orozco • Plainfield

•Emma Peele • Tinley Park

•Christy Praljak • Gold Coast (SF 15)

•Claudia Price • Silver Creek (NF IL TUSA 15)

•Jacqueline Pytko • Oak Forest

•Jennifer Rich • Franklin County (NF IL TUSA 14)

•Gabriella Roth • Lombard (4RU 15, NF 14)

•Nicole Rutkowski • Streamwood (NF 14)

•Alana Sadkin • Skokie

•Sabrina Scott • DuPage County

•Amanda Signorelli • West Loop (SF 15, 3RU MO USA 13, 3RU NV TUSA 09, NF NV TUSA 07)

•Caitlyn Smith • Mokena

•Amethyst Stephens • Kankakee County

•Lina Survilaite • Hickory Hills

•Katielynn Sutterlin • Boone County

•Courtny Svendsen • Central Illinois

•Abigail Taylor • Nature's Acres

•Jessica Thuma • Northern Illinois

•Emily Travis • Skyline

•Megan Vladic • Antioch

•Jessica West • Kankakee (NF 15, NF 14, NF IL TUSA 13)

•Elizabeth Whitney • Quad Cities

•Gabriela Wilewska • City by the Lake (NF 13)

•Rebekah Williams • Heart of Illinois

•Holly Wysong • Bourbonnais Midas

•Melissa Zeman • Northern Suburbs (SF 10)

MISS IL TEEN USA 2016 (46)
•Natasia Barrett • Lake County

•Chloe Bergmann • Plainfield

•Becca Bernier • La Grange

•Mallory Borcky • Newark

•Jennifer Branch • Oakwood

•Amanda Brockmeier • Naperville

•Caroline Campbell • Heart of the South (2RU 15, SF 13)

•Raegen Cavanaugh • Grundy County

•Vonda Cochran • Murphysboro

•Ashton Curtis • Union County

•Katrina Espano • RightMed HHCS

•Reilly Farren • Champaign County

•Juleigh Furry • Platinum Athletics

•Harleigh Goodman • Glenview

•Amanda Graves • Madison County

•Kelisy Grob • Rend Lake

•Sara Hampsten • Cumberland County

•Jasmine Hawkins • DuPage County (NF 15)

•Faith Johns • Pike County

•Amrita Krishnan • Michigan Shores

•Hannah Kupferschmid • Woodford County

•Sarah Lewis • Midwest

•Iryna Lozovatska • Kendall County

•Ellie McGee • Greater Naperville

•Alexis McVicker • Guard 911

•Katelyn Mernack • BMB Motors (SF 15)

•Briona Mogelberg • Cook County (NF 14)

•Leah Morris • La Salle County

•Serena Napolitano • Wood Dale

•Michelle Norris • Springfield (NF 15)

•Amanda Perez • North Chicago

•Alexis Pikul • New Lenox

•Olivia Pura • Deer Park

•Emma Riley • North Shore

•Kaytlin Schmidt • Columbia

•Cassandra Schofield • Monticello Sage

•Sydney Shanine • South Naperville

•Marlene Slaughter • South Suburban

•Shayla Sullivan • Mokena

•Bradi Thornton • Crystal Lake

•Sara Toth • Orland Park

•Isabella Trojanek • Northern Kane County

•Cindy Valdez-Barrios • Alborada (NF 15)

•Felicia Widen • Tinley Park

•Angelina Zanfardino • Windy City

•Alexandra Zimbrakos • Chicago
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Subject: I know it would never had happened but If Amalia would have had a Miss Illinois become Miss America it would have been. Big mess. So actually we can thank MAO for taking it away from Fran. Thanks a lot MAO!!

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Date Posted: 07:10:06 09/03/15 Thu


Subject: MA

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Date Posted: 20:44:45 09/02/15 Wed

After seeing Crystal in the few pics of her that have been posted, I have to wonder who helped her pack? I do a massive *facepalm* every time I see her standing next to some of the really polished contestants she's up against.

Subject: Matty J

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Date Posted: 06:26:26 09/02/15 Wed

Please do not spread rumors about Matty J. I know him very well and he is extremely grateful for everything ISA provided him. He and AS are close, were close still have a relationship. Leave him out of things. You people are dispicable at best.

Subject: What's the truth?

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Date Posted: 08:34:18 08/31/15 Mon

"AS has not and is not a part of Crystal being Miss IL...She has nothing to do with anything and hasnt since the weekend of Miss IL. This airfare issue or anything regarding Miss A prep has nothing to do with AS. That's complete bullshit." Friday at 1:29 pm

"Again, AS has not been a part of anything regarding Crystal. She wasnt even involved when the contracts were signed. Nothing. She has had nothing to do with her. You clearly dont have your facts straight." Friday at 1:52 pm

"FYI for all.... ISA is working diligently to get funds released for both Crystal and Peyton's travels to MAO...." Saturday at 9:43 am

"Who said they had nothing to do with Crystal?..." Saturday at 3:58 pm

"They have supported her from day one..." Saturday at 5:21 pm

Looks to me like some of AS's supporters have heard two different stories and have come here to defend her, each believing they are "in the know." You're just learning what others have learned before you. You can't believe a thing she says. Don't waste your time defending her. Let her defend herself.


Subject: I'm aware that Illinois America has many more components than USA, which is solely based on looks, but I'm a little confused. If it is heavily based on talent, how are some people able to win? It all just seems so random. How was Rayni (who I met at Illinois USA) not in the top 5? Someone posted the top 10 or something on here and I thought maybe she just didn't compete this year? I've never seen her talent, but she is ridiculously beautiful and a really cool girl. I have a friend who is stunning and a professional dancer not place at a local level pageant for Illinois too. The judging confuses me.

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Date Posted: 10:43:36 08/30/15 Sun


Subject: ISA is now refusing to pay Crystal's airfare to Miss America

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Date Posted: 08:38:36 08/30/15 Sun

Our beloved former Board Chair and her Treasurer husband are now refusing to pay Crystal's airfare to Miss America, after promising she'd receive all of her prizes listed in the program book at the most recent Miss Illinois Pageant. Can't say that I'm surprised, but sort of sad that Crystal has to worry about this just a few weeks before leaving for Atlantic City.

A group of Crystal's supporters are now taking up a collection to pay her airfare.

If the Schwerdtmann's had decided to quit earlier this year, as they are trying to convince others (even though we know better), why would you deny Miss Illinois her airfare? This is the same type of stuff they pulled when FSL fired them from running Miss Chicago in the late 90's, so no one is surprised.

True colors come to light! Let's hope Crystal's supporters are successful in getting the money for airfare.

MAO needs to step in and they need to act quickly to get a new group in place.

Subject: No one really believes this. You can keep saying it, but the fact that she "quit", came back, "quit again", appealed and failed, and is now suing on behalf of the ISA, doesn't really make sense within the confines of the explanations you keep trying to convince us of. Several years ago, she personally told me that she was resigning, but that never happened. It's hard to believe when someone cries wolf every time they are upset about something.

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Date Posted: 13:06:49 08/28/15 Fri


Subject: Remember when someone posted that the new leadership had already been chosen and they would be holding a meeting in August? Just four more days!

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Date Posted: 16:10:20 08/27/15 Thu


Subject: I nominated Doug Black for the Miss America Lifetime Achievement Award - he deserves it!

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Date Posted: 17:58:01 08/25/15 Tue

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