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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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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General contact for County business may be make by contacting the County Coordinator at 217/632-4412.

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Notice is hereby given that the Menard County Board of Commissioners will hold an auction seeking bids to cash rent approximately 209 acres of tillable farmland located off Sunny Acres Road in Menard County, commonly known as the Menard County Farm.  The acreage will be based on USDA tillable acres.  The auction will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at 5 PM in the County Commissioners Room, first floor, Menard County Courthouse, Petersburg, Illinois.

The period of the cash rent lease will be for two years commencing on March 1, 2018.   The successful bidder will hold harmless Menard County for farming operations and will provide acceptable proof of insurance.  The successful bidder will be required to establish a letter of credit.  Any accepted bid at or following auction will be contingent upon the bidder complying with requirements of this bid notice and signing a lease agreement.

One half of the accepted bid will be due on each March 15 of the lease year and on November 15 of the lease year. 

The successful bidder will execute a farm lease.  A copy of the lease is available for review at the Menard County Coordinator’s Office, first floor of the Menard County Courthouse.  Please contact the Menard County Coordinator at (217)632-4412 with questions. 

Any announcements take precedence over published advertisements.  The Menard County Board of Commissioners reserves the right to reject any or all bids and may waive technicalities on any submitted bid.

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

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