Megan Ervin of Quincy was crowned Miss Illinois 2012 Saturday night in Marion and will compete in the Miss America pageant next year.
Ervin, 22, competing as Miss Quincy, finished in front of Miss Windy City Jennifer Carr, according to the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale. The others in the top five were Miss Heartland April Strong, Miss Fox Valley Savannah Teagarden, and Miss Heart of Illinois Emily McConnell. Ervin also won a scholarship for $11,500.
According to the Miss Illinois website, Ervin won the pageant's swimsuit competition. Ervin was runner-up in 2011 to Hannah Smith of northwest suburban Huntley.
The pageant featured 24 contestants from around the state