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

News Release

Sangamon Menard Area Regional Transit (SMART) has initiated a Beta Test Operation in Menard County effective May 2, 2016. To make your transportation arrangements, please contact 217-679-5009.



The Menard County Highway Department will accept sealed bids for a single axle dump truck (cab & chassis) along with a 12 foot dump bed, snow plow, hitch, tailgate spreader and related equipment. All items bid must be considered “new” and of the current production model year.  Dealer conversions or low mileage “used” vehicles and refurbished or reconstructed mountings, equipment and attachments will not be considered. Bid documents may be obtained at the Menard County Highway Department office, 15620 Chautauqua Road, Petersburg, Illinois  62675.  A public bid opening will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Menard County Highway Department office (217-632-2722).  The right is reserved to reject any or all bids and to waive all technicalities deemed in the best interests of the County. Click here for Bid and Specifications


Menard County EMS has relocated operation to their new office located at 19702 State Highway 123, Petersburg.  Their telephone number remains the same at 632-7700.  Citizens are reminded to always call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.


Revised Comprehensive Plan

The revised Comprehensive Plan is open to a public comment period through the end of July. Any comments can be left with the Zoning Office or with a Board of Commissioners member. Use the link below to read the revised Plan.

Proposed Revised Comprehensive Plan


Menard County property tax bills were mailed on Friday, June 10, 2016 with the first installment being due Tuesday, July 12, 2016 and the second installment being due Wednesday, September 7, 2016, both at the close of business which is 4:30 PM.  If you have not received your tax bill by June 17, please contact the Menard County Treasurer by calling 632-2333.  Please check for the availability of making your payments with a credit/debit card under the Menard County Treasurer's page.

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 Sheriff: 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

Tax Information Available Online

Have you received your Menard County Real Estate Tax Bill?

Do you have any questions about your real estate assessment or bill?

No problem - use our helpful online GIS system to look at your property information at:


Just click Agree to the Disclaimer, and use the magnifying glass on the right side of the map to type in your parcel number, owner name or address.  This system will display the last 2 years of assessment and tax information.



 Official results 3-15-16.pdf


Notice of Meeting                                                                Tractor-Farmland-300x223.jpg

Menard County Farmland                   

Assessment Review Committee

The Menard County Farmland Assessment Review Committee schedules meetings as the need arises.  The regular Farmland Assessment Review Committee meetings of the County of Menard, Illinois, for the Year 2016, will be held, as needed.  Additional public notification will be given when a meeting is scheduled and meeting agendas will be posted at the Menard County Courthouse and on the County’s website at www.menardcountyil.org.  Unless changed by further public notice, the meetings will take place in the Menard County Courthouse, 102 South Seventh Street, Petersburg, Illinois 62675.  Please be notified that a meeting of this group has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 29. 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at the Menard County Courthouse.  Items on the agenda include the discussion and adoption of 2017 Farmland Assessment Values.