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Karlie Nattier takes the walk down the runway after being named 2015 Miss Marion County Fair Queen.


2015 Marion County Fair Queen Karlie Nattier is crowned at the conclusion of Monday's Queen Pageant by outgoing Queen Morgan Belcher while Illinois State Fair Queen Sadie Glassman of Richland County works on connecting the sash.


And the winners are...(left to right) First Runner Up Charli Decker, Miss Illinois County Fair Sadie Glassman of Richland County, 2015 Marion County Fair Queen Karlie Nattier, outgoing 2014 Queen Morgan Belcher, and 2nd Runner Up Ashley Bachman.


A large cheer went up from the crowd as Karlie Nattier of Patoka was announced the 2015 Miss Marion County Fair Queen at the close of the Queen Pageant Monday night.   Nattier was crowned by her best friend and current Queen Morgan Belcher of Patoka.

"Super excited.  I knew it was my last year to do this, so when my name was called I was just very, very excited." 

Nattier is looking forward to presiding over the Marion County Fair this week and going to the state competition in Springfield in January.   And her favorite part of the competition....."

"I am a communication major at Murray State so I love the speech.  It was something I really looked forward to and I could relax when that came around."   Nattier was also named Most Photogenic.  

First runner up Charli Decker of Salem.  Ashley Bachman of Salem was selected as second runner up and for Best Stage Presence. Other special awards went to Cassandra DeBoard of Centralia as Miss Congeniality, Julie Boeker of Salem Best in Interview, Kayle Kloppedal of Salem Best in Beauty and Physique and Jenna Rose Best in Speech About the Community. 


The 16 candidates for Marion County Fair Queen on stage at Monday's Queen Pageant. From left to right: Tracie Beard, Kanady Grzegorek, Delilah Manser, Karlie Nattier; Jenna Rose, Caitlyn DUnaway, Cassandra DeBoard, Kayle Kloppedal, Cheyenne Goodwin, Ashley Bachman, KatieJo Bryan, Julie Boeker, Elizabeth Hettich, Hannah Garner, Haleigh Day and Charli Decker.


The 2015 Little Miss Candidates line up on stage.


CHICAGO (AP) - A new survey shows more than one-third of Illinois human service agencies are helping fewer clients and tapping into cash reserves to weather the state's budget impasse.

United Way of Illinois surveyed more than 400 agencies statewide. In a report Monday, they say 34 percent of agencies reported cutting services. 

Thirty-nine percent are using cash reserves to continue operating. Of those, 70 percent say they'll be out of money in three months or less. Almost one-fifth said their reserves will be gone by month's end.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who run the Legislature have been unable to agree on a budget for the fiscal year that started July 1. That means many agencies that provide services such as job training, mental health and child care aren't getting paid.


Sixteen candidates will compete for 2015 Miss Marion County Fair. Photo courtesy of Williams Photography.


Outgoing Marion County Fair Queen Morgan Belcher. Photo courtesy of Williams Photography.

Marion County Fair Queen 2015 will be crowned during ceremonies Monday night.  Sixteen candidates are vying for the crown to preside over the 75th Marion County Fair and to participate in the State Fair Queen Pageant in January.

Outgoing Queen Morgan Belcher is excited to see who the next queen will be.  

"It has been awesome. With a lot of girls it takes a lot of time to get through things, but these girls have been very resilient and very hardworking at practice and have done an awesome job." 

Belcher says this year's pageant is special.  

"There is not really a particular theme, but we are really focusing on the fair and celebrating all of the events and that is something I'm really proud of."

The 16 vying to be the next Marion County Fair Queen, in order of their contestant number, is Tracie Beard of Salem, Kanady Grzegorek of Alma, Delilah Manser of Salem, Karlie Nattier of Patoka, Jenna Rose of Kinmundy, Caitlin Dunaway of Iuka, Cassie DeBoard of Centralia, and Kayla Kloppedal of Salem.  The other candidates are Cheyenne Goodwin of Iuka, Ashley Bachman of Salem, KatieJo Bryan of Sandoval, Julie Boeker of Salem, Eilzabeth Hettich of Vernon, Hannah Garner of Patoka, Haleigh Day of Sandoval, and Charli Decker of Salem.   

In addition to the fair queen competition, 25 Little Misses will also take to the stage. 

The Queen Pageant and Little Miss Pageant begins at 7:30 Monday night in front of the grandstand.  Tickets are $12 lowered reserve, $10 upper center reserve and $8 general admission.


CHICAGO (AP) - The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation is benefiting from a $7.2 million windfall that the state was given in a settlement with Chase.

Last month, the bank settled allegations that it used illegal tactics to go after struggling credit card borrowers and agreed to pay $95 million to 47 states. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan decided the Chicago-based nonprofit would receive the state's cut.

Now the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, which helps decide which nonprofits get funding through the state's annual appropriation for legal aid for poor residents, has the most money it's had in years.

Leslie Corbett, head of the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, tells the Chicago Tribune that she's been fielding nonstop phone calls from organizations that want a share of the Chase settlement.


FAIRFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois state trooper is being honored with the agency's Medal of Honor for rescuing a McLeansboro man from a car that had plunged into a flooded drainage ditch last year.

The Evansville Indiana Courier & Press reported that the rescue happened last August. Trooper Jason Blessing of Fairfield spotted a car that had driven off the roadway into the ditch near Illinois 14 in Hamilton County. 

Blessing swam to the submerged vehicle to rescue 54-year-old Allen L. Klein. A passerby also jumped in the water with a hammer and the two broke a window of the car. When the passerby had trouble swimming, Blessing and another person pulled him to safety before Blessing returned to the water to rescue the motionless Klein. He and others revived Klein. 




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