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

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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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Recent Posts

New Information

Menard County and Sangamon County Food Inspection Reports are now available on the Health Department Page



2020 Census

Census forms have been mailed out. Respond electronically at https://my2020census.gov/ For information about filling out these forms, contact the Community Service office at 217/632-4412. 

Community Response Rates as of August 23, 2020

                      2020                     2010

Athens            74.9%                   71.3%
Petersburg       72.0%                  73.0%
Greenview       70.6%                   62.5%
Tallula             55.1%                   69.3%     
Oakford           64.1%                   75.0%

TOTAL             73.1%                   73.0%

Restore Illinois - Phase 4 Guidlines

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


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

GIS Website

Menard County Property Information 

Parcel Map
Parcel Search


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

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 

SBA Disaster Assistance

Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Response To the Coronavirus - Click Here
For Disaster Loan Forms - Click Here


COVID-19 Business Impact

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Regional Economic understand the economic burden businesses across the State are experiencing due to COVID-19 and are working to secure federal relief on your behalf. Please click here to complete the form. 

Save Small Business Fund

The U.S. Chamber Foundation is launching their Save Small Business Fund. Funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, the U.S. Chamber Foundation will be providing $5,000 supplemental grants to small employers (between 3-20 employees) in economically vulnerable communities. A zip-code lookup on their website will tell you if a business is considered to be located in a “vulnerable community.” Applications for the Save Small Business Grant Fund will open this Monday, April 20, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. ET.  Interested individuals can sign up for an email alert to be notified of the window opening. The effort is part of the U.S. Chamber’s larger Save Small Business Initiative.