Village News

Chill on the Hill Outdoor Concert Series

Jul 08, 2014

The Ultimate Three-Day Weekend: Friends, Family, & Music!

Chill on the Hill 2014All ages events - Admission at the gate. $1.00 of admission proceeds will be donated to a local organization.

Gates open at 6:30pm, Music 7-10pm

Thursdays are the new Fridayas in Mt. Zion, Illinois!

July 10, 2014: Rosetta Stone

July 17, 2014: Kilborne Alley Blues

July 24, 2014: Plan B & Slant 6

July 31, 2014: Feudin' Hillbillies

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Blue Ribbon Night

Jun 18, 2014

Blue Ribbon Night
*Presented by Mt. Zion Economic Development Corporation

Thursday, July 3rd  
Mt. Zion Fletcher Park
Grounds open at 6pm with music beginning at 7pm

Free entertainment by the band "THE VEGGIES" with fireworks at dusk

Concessions are available and free parking

Sponsored by the Mt. Zion Area Economic Development Corporation & the Village of Mt. Zion

Ballroom Dancing Class

Jun 10, 2014

Coming to Mt. Zion: A variety of Ballroom Dancing Classes beginning in July


Movies in the Park

Jun 10, 2014

Movies will begin at dusk

Friday, August 8th- Smurfs 2

Summer Class Registration

May 19, 2014

Registration for Summer Classes has begun!
Check out our 
Summer Brochure for all the details!

Make your water bill payment online!

May 08, 2014

Pay water bill online

The Village of Mt. Zion is in need of Volunteers!

Mar 10, 2014

The Village of Mt. Zion is in need of volunteers for several seats on boards and commissions.  Meetings are on a monthly or bi - monthly basis. you must be a resident of the Village of Mt. Zion.  Please contact us at Village Hall if you have an interest in serving.

Convention Center Web Tour

Nov 22, 2011

The Village of Mt. Zion and Secret Recipes

Invite you to the Grand Opening of the Mt. Zion Convention Center

Saturday, December 3, 2011

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Free food and drinks catered by Secret Recipes, Door Prizes, Tour the new Convention Center and Village Hall.


From the Mayor's Desk

Welcome to a web-preview of the Mt. Zion Convention Center. The Center is just about done and is going through the final inspection and walk through at this time. As I have mentioned before, we have an Open House scheduled for December 3 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. You will be able to tour both the Village Hall and the Convention Center. Our catering partner for the Convention Center, Secret Recipes, will be present to showcase various layouts for the great hall as well as present some of their culinary offerings that can complement your special event.


The Mt. Zion Convention Center is focused around a great hall (for lack of a better name at this time) that can be divided into three almost equal, sound isolated smaller banquet halls (Halls A, B, and C). Each hall has its own lighting control, sound system and the middle hall has a solid floor for dancing if desired. So combining the middle hall with one or both outer halls provides a dining and dancing area. One of the halls has a drop down screen/projection system that can be viewed by all three halls.


The Great Hall can handle approximately 88 – 8’ x 8’ booths if your event requires exhibition facilities. Otherwise tables for up to 850 people can be set up depending upon podium/head table requirements or requirements for a dance space.


On an individual basis both Halls A & C can handle tables for up to 244 guests (each hall) again depending upon podium or head table requirements. And the middle hall (B) can handle up to 204 guests with a head table setup. Now for the math majors out there – yes the individual hall seating does not equal the total of the great hall seating because efficiencies are gained when the hall dividing partitions are down and there is only one head table.


The hall provides a full kitchen facility where Secret Recipes will prepare your banquet’s dining requirements to your specifications along with two bartending areas for mixed drinks, beer and soft drinks.


Now while the great hall is the main focus we also have two identical smaller conference rooms (324 SF) that can be rented. Also on the Village Hall side of the building is a conference room with 1,100 SF.


We will see you at the open house December 3 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. If you would like more information sooner than the open house please call 217-864-5424.

Mayor Donald R. Robinson, Jr.

 More on the Convention Center

October News

Oct 01, 2011

September 30th - At the request of the City of Decatur, the Village asks its customers to conserve water due to low water levels in Lake Decatur. The following regulations apply:

Water Restriction Rules Phase I
Watering lawns, athletic fields and all other vegetation is allowed only on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday of each week. This does not apply to water used to maintain grass and landscape plants installed within 6 month prior to the implementation of these regulations.
Washing or cleaning of driveways, sidewalks, parking lots are prohibited. Construction sites are exempt.
Filling of outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs and ponds is prohibited.
Exterior washing of motorized vehicle is prohibited except at commercial vehicle washing facilities.
Restaurants are asked to not serve water unless requested.


From the Mayor's Desk. 

The new Village Hall is now open for business at our new location of 1400 Mt. Zion Parkway. Now Mt. Zion Parkway is the north/south road that runs in front of the Convention Center/Village Hall complex just prior to entering the parking lot for this facility. (So Mt. Zion Parkway parallels Hwy 121 but is several 100 feet to the east of Hwy 121). The Village Hall is located on the south side of the building and you can enter through the double doors on the south side (will eventually be labeled above the entrance). Don’t forget to change the address of any mail that you send to the Village (like utility payments) as the post office box has been discontinued and the USPS will not deliver mail unless it specifies the new “correct” address. We also have a drop box for payments which is located on the left side of the Village Hall double doors.

The Convention Center is coming along and is just about complete. What is left is installation of some floor coverings for the front hall area and the conference rooms also the hanging of the wall system that will divide the great hall into 3 distinct rooms (when needed). We are already taking bookings for the facility with 13 events booked already.  

Keep looking for some open-to-the-public events that will provide good food and entertainment for all at a reasonable price.  These events are to bring individuals and families together for a fun time.

We will be having an Open House for the Convention Center and Village Hall on Saturday December 3 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. You will be able to tour both the Village Hall and the Convention Center. Our catering partner for the Convention Center, Secret Recipes, will be present to showcase various usage layouts for the great hall as well as highlight some of their culinary offerings. Remember their motto “If you can dream it, we can do it!!”

Secret Recipes is also opening a restaurant located in the shopping plaza on East Village Parkway (the road that leads from Hwy 121 to the Convention Center). Their Grand Opening is October 29 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and will include free food and drink, entertainment and door prizes!

Also coming to the community in the same shopping plaza is Coz’s Restaurant. Their planned restaurant opening is currently scheduled for Saturday October 15.

We all look forward to seeing you at the Open House!

Mayor Donald R. Robinson, Jr.

Back to School

Aug 20, 2011

Press Release: August 26th, Mt. Zion asks that residents conserve water. Due to this summer's hot dry weather the City of Decatur and the Village is requesting all water customers to voluntarily reduce the amount of water they curently use until the amount of water in Lake Decatur returns to normal. Information on ways to conserve water can be found at: and .Henderson Phase 2

From the Mayor's Desk
This summer we have had very warm and dry weather and now that summer is “almost?” over it is time for school to begin. Now it seems that for most of the past ten years my kids have started school here in Mt. Zion on some very hot weeks. How hot you ask? Well hot enough that there were several half days of school until temperatures declined. So a nice surprise that temperatures are a little more moderate this week and with the school system being fully air conditioned classes are off to a good start.

 I would be remiss not to ask that you watch out for the kids as they return to school. Kids sometimes forget that darting out into traffic is not a good thing and drivers need to be on the alert when in the school zones.

Henderson Street has been under construction in the area of the Intermediate and Jr./Sr. High School areas this summer. The work is almost done but we still need to compete the very south end of the construction between Fletcher Park Boulevard and the entrance to the Jr. High parking lot. This final area will take about another 3-4 weeks to complete as we finish and cure one lane at a time. Henderson is open to school traffic as a two-lane road at this time (will eventually be three lanes once marked) although at the Henderson/Fletcher Park Boulevard intersection you may be required to follow some odd traffic flows until that area is complete. Once officially complete, Henderson will offer a three lane concrete surface, with curb and gutter that should make travel for busses and automobiles a little easier.

 And just when you thought traffic was returning to normal, it’s time to close down Baltimore at the two bridges (near Bentonville Road) so the bridges can be replaced with newer, wider versions. The County will announce the details on the closings and it may last a year or so. It should be only one bridge at a time and temporary traffic signals will be installed at Bentonville and 121 to assist with traffic flow. The good news is that the wider bridges will contain trail space so that the Mt. Zion Trail can connect with the Decatur Trail system once Decatur and Mt. Zion brings their respective trails out to the Baltimore/Lost Bridge intersection.

 Next we will update progress on the Convention Center and Village Hall project! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Mayor Donald R. Robinson