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The City of Marion is a commission-based form of local government. Voters elect four commissioners and a mayor in four-year terms. As a group, all five are responsible for city management and general functions. Individually, each commissioner is assigned executive responsibility for a specific department. The following were elected to the 2015 city council: Mayor Robert Butler and City Commissioners Anthony Rinella, John Goss, Jim Webb, and Angelo Hightower. Marion City Hall hosts council meetings every other Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Mayor Robert Butler is believed to be the longest-serving active mayor in Illinois. Elected in April 1963, Mayor Butler has seen the city though disasters such as an F-4 tornado in 1982 and the May 8, 2009, derecho. Mayor Butler has been instrumental in the areas of economic development, population growth, the establishment of TIF and Enterprise Zones and the development of the STAR Bond District. He nicknamed Marion “The Hub of the Universe” because of its location at the crossroads of Illinois Route 13 and Interstate 57. With access to Interstate 24 just to the south, Marion is also a point of access to major cities like Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis. Marion continues to grow and serves as the hub of shopping, dining, and entertainment in Southern Illinois.

Williamson County

The City of Marion is the county seat of Williamson County. In 2010 Williamson County had a population of 66,357. Williamson County is one of the larger counties in Southern Illinois and continues to see growth. The County is situated conveniently by Interstate 57, Route 13 and Interstate 24, the county is a midpoint in the region and is often referred to as an area called Little Egypt. The county is home to several lakes, a large community college and many smaller villages and cities. The Williamson County Regional Airport Authority, located on Route 13, just three miles west of Interstate 57, provides access to the area for those that commute by air. With daily flights to and from St. Louis via Cape Air, the airport offers residents and visitors another added value to living in or visiting the region.

County Board of Commissioners

Williamson County is one of 17 Illinois counties which operate under the Commission form of government. Under the Commission form, the County is governed by a three-person Board of Commissioners. Commissioners are elected at-large to six-year terms. One Commissioner is elected at each General Election in November of even-numbered years.

The Williamson County Board of Commissioners meet once a month. Regular meeting dates are usually the second Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. Special meetings may be held from time-to-time with at least 48 hours advance notice. Meetings are held at the Williamson County Administrative Building, 407 N. Monroe, Marion, Illinois in the boardroom located on the second floor. Meetings are open to the public and public comment is a part of the agenda at each regular meeting.

Williamson County Courthouse
200 W. Jefferson St.
Marion, IL 62959
(618) 997-1301

Williamson County Administrative Building
407 N. Monroe St.
Marion, IL 62959

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