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Billy McKinney Announces Candidacy for Mayor of Zion


Commissioner Billy McKinney

Zion, Illinois (June 6, 2018) – Billy McKinney, a Zion resident and the Commissioner of Building, Property and Zoning, is running for Mayor of Zion. McKinney posted his intent to run for Mayor on his personal Facebook page last night following Mayor Al Hill's announcement at the City Council Meeting that he wouldn't seek another term in office.

"It is with great pride and honor that I officially announce my candidacy for Mayor of the City of Zion," McKinney said. "It's been my privilege to serve the people of our great city over the last three years. In that time I have gained a better understanding of the complexities of local government including its capabilities and limitations. I have also seen the significant progress we have made under the leadership of our respected Mayor Al Hill.

"Over the coming months, I hope to visit with as many residents to hear their ideas on how we can continue to build on the gains that we've made. I am proud to call Zion home and with your support would welcome the opportunity to continue to serve our city as your Mayor."

McKinney and his family moved to Zion in the summer of 1962. He attended Elmwood School, Central Middle School and Zion-Benton Township High School. After high school, McKinney earned an athletic scholarship to play basketball and baseball at Northwestern University, where he was a three-time All-American selection and finished as the all-time scorer in men's basketball in school history.

In 1977, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in education and went on to play seven years in the NBA. Following his playing career, McKinney held executive, scouting and broadcast positions with several NBA organizations until September of 2017.


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