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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WANTED: Full-time individual with knowledge of and experience in all aspects of building construction/maintenance including plumbing, electrical, and carpentry including design and material procurement. Excellent knowledge of building and repair procedures as well as the tools needed. Ability to lift 100 pounds and do manual labor. Applicants must reside within Menard County or be willing to relocate. Competitive wage dependent upon proficiency. Health/Life/Pension.

Qualified candidates may obtain an application at the Menard County Coordinator’s Office located at 102 South Seventh Street, Petersburg IL or by clicking here. Hard copy of an application should be submitted to same by Friday, July 26, 2024.







Real Estate Tax Information

Payments are accepted in the office of the Menard County Treasurer by check, cash and credit or debit card. Payments may also be made at any local bank. Payments cannot be accepted without the tax bill payment stub. 

The Menard County Treasurer accepts Master Card, VISA, American Express, Discover, and debit cards. For your convenience, payments will also be accepted by mail at the following address:

Menard County Treasurer/Collector
102 South Seventh Street
Petersburg, Illinois 62675

Payments (with stub enclosed) may also be dropped off in the drop box by the main door of the Menard County Courthouse.

A convenience fee of 2.95% will be charged by GovPayNet with a minimum charge of $1.00 per transaction. All service fees are non-refundable. 

Please visit our online real estate tax payment site below:


The first installment is due July 19, 2024

The second installment is due September 6, 2024.


Mobile Home Tax Bills

Mobile Home Tax Bills are Due July 9, 2024. 

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

Public Notice

All interested individuals are hereby notified that a tentative draft of the AMENDED annual budget for the fiscal year started December 1, 2023 and ending November 30, 2024 is available for public inspection.

A summary of the proposed budget and related supporting documents are available at the Menard County Courthouse in the Office of the County Clerk & Recorder from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.