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Elizabeth Vernon, of Homer Glen, is preparing to compete in the 2015 Miss Illinois USA pageant Aug. 30 in Skokie. (Kim Lewis Photography)
Jessica Cilella, Staff Writer
3:40 pm CDT August 15, 2014

Homer Glen resident Elizabeth Vernon says she’ll always try something at least once.

It’s just one reason why the 19-year-old agreed to compete in the 2015 Miss Illinois USA pageant Aug. 30 in Skokie, much to the surprise of her family and friends. 

“At first they kind of laughed because I was always the kid that was goofing off and just being like a comedian,” she said. “I was always a tomboy, I never wore dresses until like high school. Everyone is like, ‘What the heck are you doing? You’re crazy.’”