• Statue to be dedicated to half-century mayor

    by  • March 4, 2013 • News

    An 86-year-old southern Illinois mayor who has been in office for a half century is being honored with a life-size bronze statue.Butler

    The Southern Illinoisan reports that the monument to Marion Mayor Bob Butler will be dedicated April 16 in the 17,000-resident city’s Tower Square.

    The project was conceived by Kevin McConnell, the president and CEO of the area’s Lifeline Ambulance. McConnell says people often aren’t honored until after they’ve died, so it’s worthy to honor Butler while he’s still in office.

    Butler has held the post since John F. Kennedy was president.

    The monument will include the names of every Marion council member who has served with Butler.