Belleville, Mascoutah mayors nominated to Illinois Municipal League board

News-DemocratOctober 16, 2013 

The mayors of Belleville and Mascoutah are among the nominees for the Illinois Municipal League board election Saturday.

Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert said the election committee has unanimously nominated him for a board member position and Mascoutah Mayor Gerald Daugherty is up for the first vice president slot.

The election will take place during the 100th Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference, which goes from Thursday to Saturday in Chicago.

If Eckert is elected to the IML board, he will be the first Belleville mayor to serve on the board since former Belleville Mayor Richard Brauer, who left office in 1993.

The IML board works to represent the interest of cities on legislative policy and Eckert said he will make sure Southern Illinois, and especially Belleville, acts as a leader and partner.

Eckert said pension reform will continue to be an important issue. And, he said cities have to work together to remind legislators not to balance the state's budget on the backs of local communities.

Eckert and City Attorney Garrett Hoerner, who was appointed this year, will attend the conference.

Also this year, Eckert is vice president on the Southwestern Illinois Council of Mayors. In this capacity, he also has a seat on the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.

"These roles have given me the opportunity to work with and learn from communities on both sides of the river," Eckert said, "and share my almost nine years of experience as mayor with these folks."

Eckert was appointed as Belleville mayor in 2004 and won re-election for a third term in April.

Contact reporter Jacqueline Lee at jlee@bnd.com or 239-2655. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BNDBelleville.

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