About Menard County Illinois

Menard County was established in the winter of 1839 by action of the Illinois State Legislature, being one of three counties split off from Sangamon County. At the time, Abraham Lincoln was a Representative to the State Legislature and Chairman of the Committee on Counties. The bill to separate Menard from Sangamon was written and presented by Lincoln on January 16, 1839 and passed the legislature on February 15, 1839. The action defined the boundaries of Menard County and provided for an election on the first Monday in April 1839 to elect public officials and three county commissioners. Over one hundred sixty years later, on November 7, 2000 the voters passed the proposition to be represented by five commissioners elected from single member districts.

Menard County is located slightly west of the center of the state and contains approximately 314 square miles. Petersburg, the county seat, is about 20 miles northwest of Springfield. A large number of settlers from Southern states and European immigrants came to Menard County to farm. The county continues to be known for agriculture and its rural character, while also providing a diversity of residential living options, quality schools and a service-based economy that caters to area residents and businesses.

Menard County is a non-home rule county and governed by the Illinois County Code, Chapter 55 ILCS 5/1-1001, et. seq., and related acts. Menard County's government consists of thirteen departments, six elected officials, the judiciary and a five member County Board elected from single member districts.

In addition to the above general government activities, the County owns and operates a skilled care nursing home. Sunny Acres accepts private pay, Medicaid and Medicare patients. Countryside Estates, situated next door to Sunny Acres, opened in 2000 and is an independent living facility.


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Elected Officials

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County Info

If you are seeking information that is not on the County website, please contact the County Coordinator at 217/632-4412.

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Contact Us

General contact for County business may be make by contacting the County Coordinator at 217/632-4412.

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Recent Posts


The Menard County Highway Department is selling a 1997 JCB 214S Sitemaster CM Backhoe Loader. For more information go to https://www.govdeals.com/MCHD

New Information

Menard County and Sangamon County Food Inspection Reports are now available on the Health Department Page





The US Census is currently looking for local census workers.  Please apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs.

You must be 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, be a U.S. citizen, have a valid email address, and be registered with the Selective Service System, or have a qualifying exemption, if you are male and were born after 12/31/1959.


Menard County, Illinois is seeking to identify and contract with a Successful Proposer for a “Project” that shall include the design, financing, installation and operation of solar photovoltaic ground-mounted generators for 2, 2MW projects, (Site) located side by side outside of Petersburg, Illinois, and interconnection of the generation equipment to the utility distribution system, along with any such improvements or repairs needed at the Site to accommodate any of such improvements (“Project”). Click here for more information. Request for Proposals shall be submitted to dworthington@co.menard.il.us by 4:30 P.M. on Friday, November 1, 2019.

Emergency Numbers

To contact emergency services, please call "911" if possible. Otherwise, please see the non-emergency numbers listed below:

Athens 632-7700 636-8221 636-8729
Fancy Prairie 632-7700 566-3333 Sheriff: 632-2773
Greenview 632-7700 971-8767 968-7137
Oakford 632-7700 632-7784 Sheriff: 632-2273
Petersburg 632-7700 632-2349 632-2251
Non-Emergency: 632-7137
Tallula 632-7700 634-4312

Sheriff: 632-2273


Menard County Rural Residents 632-7700 632-7911

Sheriff: 632-2273

Online GIS and Property Tax Information click here:

Menard County Parcel Map

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Call 632-4412 to schedule an appointment