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

Welcome to the Menard County website!

We've redone our website! We hope the new design makes the site both easier to use and more pleasant to look at. If you'd like to give us your comments, please visit our Contact Us page.

Budget Available for Review

A tentative draft of the annual budget for the Fiscal Year starting December 1, 2015 and ending November 30, 2016 is available for public inspection. A summary of the proposed budget is available in the Office of the County Clerk.

New Property Exemption Legislation and Forms Available


Governor Rauner has signed SB107 to provide improved property tax relief to Disabled Veterans throughout Illinois.  These required forms for these new exemptions are now available on the Menard County Website.  Please visit the Supervisor of Assessments page for detailed explanations and application forms to complete allowing veterans to take advantage of these new exemptions.  



 Unofficial Results 9-10-15.pdf

2015 Assessment Change Notices Mailed and Publication Printed on November 12, 2015


The Menard County Office of Assessments has compiled and certified the 2015 Real Estate Property Tax Assessments and mailed notices of these changes to the affected taxpayers.  The changes were also published in the local newspapers on November 12, 2015.  Taxpayers are allowed to file appeals for their 2015 Real Estate Property Tax Assessments until December 14, 2015.  *Reminder:  All property assessments are open for appeal at this time, regardless of receipt of said notice or change of assessment for 2015.

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