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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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


Call 217-632-3201 to inquire about becoming an Election Judge for November 3, 2020.

Road Closure

The Menard County Highway Department will be closing Price St. in Road District #9 from Gudgel Rd. to 1/2 mile south of Gudgel Rd. to replace the existing bridge at this location. This closure will take place from October 19, 2020 through early December. 

Restore Illinois - Phase 4 Guidelines

Please click here fro the guidelines for reopening business and returning people to work safely. 

New Illinois COVID-19 Website

Illinois has launched a new website to update the public about COVID-19. 
Visit coronavirus.illinois.gov

Governor Executive Order

Governor Executive Order Response to COVID-19 3/16/2020 Click Here
Governor Executive Order Response to COVID-19 3/18/2020 Click Here
Governor Executive Order Response to COVID-19 3/20/2020 Click Here
Governor Executive Order Response to COVID-19 4/1/2020 Click Here
Executive Order Enforcement Click Here
Essential Business Checklist Click Here
Guidance on Governor's COVID Order Click Here
Restaurant and Bar Guidelines 8/25/2020 Click Here 


Menard County Senior Transport is accepting sealed bids for the sale of a 2006 Chevrolet Express van with approximately 91,051 miles.  Vehicle is sold as is, as shown, with all defects.  No warranty is expressed or implied.


Vehicle may be inspected Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the communicated location.  For more information or to inspect, please call 217/632-4412.


Sealed bids must be submitted in writing to Menard County Senior Transportation no later than October 30, 2020 at 1:30 PM and must be clearly marked Bid for 2006 Chevrolet Express.  Bids will be publicly opened at Menard County Senior Transportation on October 30 at 1:30 PM.


Menard County reserves the right to reject any or all bids and the right to accept any bid it deems to be in the best interest of Menard County.