“The Hub of the Universe”

Former Mayor Robert L. Butler, who served as Marion’s Mayor from 1963 to 2018 nicknamed the City of Marion “The Hub of the Universe.” Located at the crossroads of Illinois Route 13 and Interstate 57, Marion serves as the center for shopping, dining, and entertainment in Southern Illinois. With access to Interstate 24 just to the south, Marion is a point of access to major cities like Chicago, Nashville, and St. Louis.

Marion Mayor Anthony Rinella

Welcome to the City of Marion, also known as “The Hub of the Universe.” My family proudly calls Marion home and we hope you have the same affection for our community after becoming better acquainted.

Our new site highlights easy access to online bill pay for the city’s water department, links to city departments, live council videos, downloadable forms and more.

Community Highlight Event

“There has been great interest in and enthusiastic community support for this event. It is our hope to partner with community members to make this event a great success. With the help of community partners, Veteran Service Organizations, VA employees, volunteers, local businesses and others, we are certain that is possible!”

There are many opportunities to support this event. Many roles have been filled but there are many more available.  Volunteers are still needed for some of the following roles:

  • Volunteer Check-in (May 2-5)
  • Education and Information
  • Information and Name Search (mostly after 2pm on May 2-5)
  • Parking Lot Assistants (all days)
  • School Group Wall Guides (Friday, May 3, 10am-4pm)
  • Wall Panel Set up and General Set up Crew (involves more than just set up starting at 8am on May 2)
  • Wall Guides (specific times still needed)

All groups wishing to volunteer should have one point of contact per group.

We are asking individuals to serve in two-hour increments for scheduling purposes during the following days/times:

Thursday, May 2, 2019   @4pm to 10pm

Friday, May 3, 2019       @10am to 10pm               (Individuals may serve more than one 2hr. block)

Saturday, May 4, 2019   @8am to 10pm

Sunday, May 5, 2019     @8am to 10pm

When contacting Voluntary Service, you will be asked to provide your name, address, email and phone number and you will be asked what type of role from the list above you would like to fill and the day(s) and time(s) you are available. To volunteer please call 618-993-4121.

Volunteers will be required to show a form of ID, VA and VA Volunteer badges will be an acceptable form of id as well.  Lanyards will be checked out and then returned when volunteer shift is completed.


The City of Marion is the winner of the 2018 GMIS Government to Citizens Award click here for more details

What is the Orange Circle? click here for more details

City Government

The City of Marion is lead by a commission based form of local government. Voters elect four commissioners and a mayor. As a group, all five are responsible for city management and general functions. Individually, each commissioner is assigned executive responsibility for a specific department.

To meet our city council, click here.

To view previous or live city council videos, click here.

Click here to view the upcoming and previous agendas and minutes.

To learn how to file a Freedom of Information Act request, click here.

Click here to find out how to contact a specific city department.

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The City of Marion invites you to explore job opportunities and experience the rewards of working in public service environment.

See if your property is in the Flood Zone, City Limits, Search Burial Records, and Add a Yard Sale! Click here to begin

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