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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Election Information

Click here for a notice from County Clerk Patricia Duncheon. 
Click here for a notice to the elderly and persons with disabilities for the November 6, 2018 General Election. 
Click here for Early Voting Information.
Click here for Nursing Home Voting Information.
Click here for General Election Information.   
Click here for a Sample Ballot. 
Click here for Write-In Candidates for Governor.



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New Information

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

Request for Bid

Menard County is issuing an invitation to bid on a new Interior Clearance Post Frame Commercial Building with the dimensions 36’ wide x 48’ long x 10’ high for Menard County Animal Control.  There is a $50 deposit required to receive a bid packet.  Upon awarding of the bid, deposits will be refunded.


Bid packets may be picked up at the Menard County Coordinator’s Office located in the Menard County Courthouse at 102 South Seventh Street, Petersburg, Illinois 62675 from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, from October 24, 2018 through November 5, 2018.  That office may be reached by phone at 217/632-4412 or by email at dworthington@co.menard.il.us.  Bids will not be accepted after 4:30 PM on Friday, December 7, 2018.  Sealed bids will be opened and reviewed by the Menard County Board on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 6:00 PM.  Questions pertaining to the specification of the project may be addressed by contacting Dan Ortgessen at 217/801-4815.

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

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