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I Will Not Seek Re-Election


Who many are calling the most progressive Mayor in the History of Zion, The Honorable Mayor Al Hill, made an announcement at the June 6, 2018 City Council meeting that he will not be seeking a second term in office.

"Officially, I will not be running for re-election," said Mayor Hill. "It is time for new ideas and new leadership."

Many in the audience were stunned to hear the announcement. Most sat in silence as Hill said that he believed in term limits and that he was imposing a term limit upon himself. He explained that over six years ago, he was disenchanted with City Hall and decided to do something about it. He ran and won for a City Commissioner of Building, Public Property and Zoning in 2013. Then he ran for Mayor after serving two years on the council winning the seat on April 7, 2015.

Al Hill was born and raised in "The Region", home of the oil refineries and steel mills of northwest Indiana on October 2, 1950. He graduated from high school in 1968 and then attended Loras College until he was inducted into the U. S. Army in 1970. After serving as a Military Policeman, he was honorably discharged in 1972 and enrolled at Indiana University. He married Christine Fisher in 1973. Al graduated from Indiana with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1975, majoring in Political Science and Forensic Studies. The following year he again graduated from Indiana with a Master of Science Degree in Public Recreation and Park Administration.

In June of 1976, Al was hired by Chuck Paxton to manage the Zion Ice Arena for the Zion Park District. He became Superintendent of Recreation in 1978 and served in that position for three years. In the meantime, Al and Chris became the proud parents of two wonderful daughters. The Hills then moved to Stevens Point, Wisconsin in 1981 where Al served as Director of Parks, Recreation, Forestry and Telecommunications for a period of five years.

In 1986, Chuck Paxton retired from the Zion Park District and Al was selected to replace him as the Director of Parks and Recreation. While Director, Al guided the Park District through the financial difficulties that followed the closing of the nuclear power plant, renovated Shiloh Pool, supervised the construction and operations of Shepherds Crook Golf Course and expanded recreation opportunities throughout the District. He retired in 2008, but then stepped back into political life in 2013.

- Elroy Reed (Portions of this article provided by the City of Zion Website.)


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