On Sept. 23, 2017, at its 104th Annual Conference, the Illinois Municipal League membership unanimously elected Belleville Mayor Mark W. Eckert to serve as a one-year president of the organization’s board of directors. Eckert served previously as IML’s first vice president and has served on the IML Board of Directors since 2013.
Eckert was appointed mayor of Belleville in December 2004. He won elections for the post in 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017. Prior to being elected mayor, he served as a Belleville alderman since 1997.