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Change the fill rule in the Attributes panel.
I'm not sure "we all know" that. It doesn't automatically happen. The object must be a compound path, and in most circumstances it must be made a compound path... consciously or by accident.
Yes as Doug mentioned you have the fill rule set to odd even and that causes this to happen if you change it back it should fill unless you have applied a pathfinder command to the art.
Once you have changed the fill rule to non zero winding you can if you wish apply the Unite command in the pathfinder which will give you a nice clean compound path with which you can work.
Thank You Wade, and Doug! Both your answers fixed my dilemma. I've never worked with the Attributes Panel before, and therefore my default was set to " Use Even-Odd Fill Rule" In Freehand, this wasn't an issue for me. This just saved me TONS of time! And, no I don't actually want to make it a compound path, not for my use. I knew it had to be a simple fix, but without the proper terms, I was lost even using the "help" in Illustrator. WooHoo!