“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 Mike Absher

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 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.  View our 2020 vision of the the future

Community Highlight Event

The City of Marion is the winner of the 2018 GMIS Government to Citizens Award 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.

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