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


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.


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.

Revised Comprehensive Plan


A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at 6:30 PM in the Menard County Courthouse. This will be a joint meeting with the Board of Commissioners, Planning Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals. This meeting is to discuss the proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan. Use the link below to read the proposed Plan.

Proposed Revised Comprehensive Plan

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


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.



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



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.