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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 The Menard County Board of Commissioners has made a change to their meeting schedule for the coming months of March and April 2024.


Tuesday, March 12 at 6:00 PM
Thursday, March 28 at 9:00 AM
Tuesday, April 9 at 6:00 PM
Thursday, April 25 at 9:00 AM

Upon completion of the noted changes, the commissioners will decide whether they will adopt the new schedule moving forward. 



PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, Public Hearings will be held by the Menard County Planning Commission on April 23, at 6:00 p.m., and the Menard County Zoning Board of Appeals on April 25, at 6:00 p.m., at the Menard County Courthouse, 102 South Seventh Street, Petersburg, Illinois, for the purpose of considering and hearing testimony regarding a text amendment, changing the Menard County Zoning Ordinance in the A-Agriculture district for property located in Menard County for Indian Creek Farmstead LLC at 19468 Curtis Blacktop Road, and located in a part of:

S5 T18 R6 N SIDE NE SW and consisting of 12.00 acres

S5 T18 R6 (EX W SIDE) SW NW and consisting of 31.00 acres

S5 T18 R6 N 25 AC OF NE 1/4 (EX .03 AC IN SE COR) SW and consisting of 25.00 acres

S5 T18 R6 N END W 1/2 SE 1/4. and consisting of 28.83 acres

S5 T18 R6 MID PT N 1/2 SW SE & S PT NW SE and consisting of 21.59 acres

The foregoing proposal is the result of a petition by John Lyons, Trustee, the owner of Indian Creek Farmstead LLC and acting on their own behalf or with counsel. The application and other documents are on file and available for inspection at the Menard County Courthouse, 102 South Seventh Street, Petersburg, Illinois, during normal business hours.

All interested parties are invited to attend the public hearings and will be given an opportunity to be heard.

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

Help Wanted

The Menard County Treasurer’s office is accepting applications for the full-time position of Deputy Treasurer. Responsibilities include all aspects of general fund accounting, collecting tax payments, preparing deposits and coding daily transactions. Knowledge of basic accounting principles, familiarity with banking transactions, Microsoft Excel and Word, and good public relation skills required.

The County, an equal opportunity employer, offers an excellent working environment, competitive salary, and full benefits.  Detailed job description available upon request. Please submit resume and three references by April 30 to:

Menard County Treasurer
102 S. 7th Street
Petersburg, IL 62675 


Email to mbettis@co.menard.il.us