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.


Please contact the Department Heads noting their contact information on their webpage.

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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

Court Cases Available Online

Menard County Court Cases are now available for online viewing. Please visit the Circuit Clerk's page to access cases.


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.


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.

Revised Comprehensive Plan


A Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 7:00 PM in the Menard County Courthouse. They will discuss the proposed Comprehensive Plan and make recomendations to the Board of Commissioners. Use the link below to read the proposed Plan.

Proposed Revised Comprehensive Plan

SMART is Hiring

Sangamon/Menard Area Regional Transport is hiring van drivers and a scheduler/dispatcher. Click here to apply for a job. 

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



Early Voting:  September 29th - November 7th

Vote By Mail (To Apply):  August 10th

Vote By Mail:  September 29th - November 3rd

Grace Period Voting:  October 12th - November 8th 

*Vote by mail application will be uploaded August 10th, 2016.  


Request to Vote By Mail:

 Menard County Vote By Mail Application

*Please email completed form to kjanssen@co.menard.il.us


Notice to Voters: 

The General Election will be held on November 8, 2016.  Registered voters may now make application to vote by mail.  Students, out of the county workers, or simply those desiring to vote in the privacy of their home, can conveniently obtain an application to Vote by Mail by contacting the Office of the County Clerk, or accessing the form by clicking on the link "Menard County Vote By Mail Application" in the section above. Mailed applications will be received by the County Clerk until November 3, 2016.  No ballots may be sent by mail after that date as provided by law.  No excuse is needed to vote by mail or early.

Registered voters, who desire to cast a ballot at the Office of the County Clerk rather than their polling place, may vote in person as an Early Voter in the Office of the County Clerk. The office is located at 102 S. 7th St on the 1st floor of the Menard County Courthouse in Petersburg, IL. Early Voting starts September 29, 2016 and continues through November 7, 2016.  The County Clerk’s Office will be opened for Early Voting Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during regular business days (excludes holidays). We will open our office on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Early voters must be registered. Presentation of a valid picture ID showing their current voter registration address is encouraged but not mandatory. Illinois residents may check their registration online by going to www.elections.il.gov and clicking “Voters” tab and then clicking “Am I Registered to Vote in Illinois” in the center of the page. Voter registration closes October 11, 2016. Grace Period voting is October 12, 2016 through Election Day, November 8, 2016.  If you are not registered to vote, you may Grace Period Vote ONLY in the Office of the County Clerk. Please contact the Menard County Clerk’s Office with any questions at 632-3201.