Rinella becomes Marion's first new mayor in five decades - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Rinella becomes Marion's first new mayor in five decades

Posted: Updated:

MARION -- For the first time in more than five decades, Marion has a new mayor.

Commissioner Anthony Rinella officially took over as mayor of Marion Thursday starting a new era for the city.

"Of course I could stand up here and say the old political cliche, 'I want to bring in jobs,'" Rinella said. "Well I do want to bring jobs. I want to bring in sustainable jobs to Marion, ones that a family can live on."

Rinella has been acting mayor for the past couple months after Bob Butler announced his retirement.

Rinella said there's no replacing a man who had been the mayor since 1963.

"I'm not going to fill Bob Butler's shoes," Rinella said. "That's a legacy you can't fulfill. I'm going to be Anthony Rinella."

Commissioner John Goss works with Rinella on the city council. He believes Rinella will continue Butler's legacy.

"He has convinced me that the only thing he has in mind is what's best for the city," Goss said, "That's the same thing that Butler had. It's the same thing we all should have."

Goss said he grew up with Butler as mayor so it'll be a tough void to fill.

"But Anthony Rinella is ready for the job," Goss said. "I really believe he can do it."

Rinella will serve the remainder of Butler's term and he plans to run for election in April 2019.

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Gun range honors vets for Memorial Day with free concealed carry class

    Gun range honors vets for Memorial Day with free concealed carry class

    Saturday, May 26 2018 11:54 PM EDT2018-05-27 03:54:41 GMT

    BENTON -- The staff at Extreme Exigency Shooting Park honored this Memorial Day weekend by teaching a free concealed carry class for local veterans.

    BENTON -- The staff at Extreme Exigency Shooting Park honored this Memorial Day weekend by teaching a free concealed carry class for local veterans.

  • Morthland College to close

    Morthland College to close

    Saturday, May 26 2018 11:51 PM EDT2018-05-27 03:51:51 GMT

    WEST FRANKFORT -- After eight years in operation, Morthland College is shutting down, according to a release from a college spokesperson.  This comes following a year of bad news for the school, which included federal investigations, tax liens and hefty fines.

    WEST FRANKFORT -- After eight years in operation, Morthland College is shutting down, according to a release from a college spokesperson.  This comes following a year of bad news for the school, which included federal investigations, tax liens and hefty fines.

  • Honoring the fallen at Mound City National Cemetery

    Honoring the fallen at Mound City National Cemetery

    Saturday, May 26 2018 11:37 PM EDT2018-05-27 03:37:29 GMT

    MOUND CITY -- Every year dozens gather at the Mound City National Cemetery for a memorial day service to honor our nations heroes. 

    MOUND CITY -- Every year dozens gather at the Mound City National Cemetery for a memorial day service to honor our nations heroes. 

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
Slideshows
loading...
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WSIL. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.