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.

Departments

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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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Menard County adopts Purple Heart Proclamation

The Hayes/Krell Chapter 159 of The Military Order of the Purple Heart along with the Menard County Board and the Petersburg Mayor and Council would like to invite you to the ceremony declaring Menard County a Purple Heart County. At that time the City of Petersburg will also become a Purple Heart Community. The combined ceremony will take place on June 27th at the Menard County Courthouse on the second floor beginning at 5:50PM. The event will pay tribute to those who have suffered wounds while in combat and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Prior to the ceremony, beginning at 5:30 Joe Schaler, Senior Vice Commander will be on the first floor accepting applications from any Purple Heart recipients. Please bring a copy of your discharge papers that shows receiving a Purple Heart medal and an Honorable Discharge. The Chapter will pay the lifetime membership dues for those in attendance. For further information you can contact Schaler at jschaler@yahoo.com.

Emergency Numbers

To contact emergency services, please call "911" if possible. Otherwise, please see the non-emergency numbers listed below:

CityEMSFIREPOLICE
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