On Sunday, December 2, 2012, Illinois history was made when 22 year-old Stacie Juris won the title of Miss Illinois USA 2013 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. This was not Stacie's first time being crowned; In 2009, she won the title of Miss Illinois Teen USA making her the first Teen titleholder to ever go on and become Miss Illinois USA.
Originally from Tinley Park, Stacie is a junior at Columbia College Chicago and now resides in the River North neighborhood of Chicago. As a fashion business major, she hopes to one day open her own dress boutique specializing in prom, pageant, and bridal gowns.
Stacie has two younger sisters: Mallorie, 18 and Jodie, 15, and says being the oldest sibling has taught her to be a positive role model and a leader.
During her reign, Stacie hopes to work closely with charitable organizations benefitting children with life threatening diseases. She says it's a cause that is very near to her heart because a close friend was diagnosed with the most severe type of lupus, nephritis, at only 16 years old.
As Miss Illinois USA, Stacie also looks forward to furthering her modeling career. She says she's always dreamed of working with Fadil Berisha, official photographer of the Miss Universe Organization. Her wish will come true during her time at the Miss USA 2013 pageant which will be nationally televised on NBC.