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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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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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



Athens Flu Clinic - Wednesday, September 28, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM at the Athens City Hall located at 210 Dottie Bednarko Drive.

Petersburg Flu Clinic - Thursday, September 29, 2022 from 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM at the Petersburg Community Center located at 122 South Sixth Street.

Individuals are asked to bring their health insurance cards or Medicare cards.  If paying for the regular dose themselves, the cost is $40.00.  A high dose vaccine is available for those aged 65+.  For those individuals requesting a high dose vaccine and paying cash, the cost is $70.00.



Menard County Highway Department is accepting applications for a full-time administrative technician. 


Responsibilities will consist of:

·         Overseeing payroll, accounts receivable, and accounts payable.

·         Monitoring revenue and expense classification along with inventory control functions.

·         Maintaining budgets for all Road and Bridges funds to include billing, revenue, state and federal reporting, etc. for all Department functions.

·         Responsible for Motor Fuel Tax accounts for the Highway Department and the nine (9) Road Districts within the county including billing, reporting, and audits.

·         Maintaining various cost ledgers, cash journals, accounting registers, and other financial records.

·         Preparing revenue and/or expense estimates for review, budgets, and financial reports.

·         Performing duties as the purchasing agent by determining current prices of needed items, preparing purchase orders, and ordering materials for the Highway Department.

·         Review contracts/agreements and resolutions for lettings and construction projects.

·         Maintaining contract files for yearly maintenance and construction projects.

·         Working closely with the County Engineer to ensure proper contract billing, reporting, project close-out, and budgeting.

·         Overseeing the Highway Department insurance and liability compliance including personnel files and a drug & alcohol testing

·         Performing other duties assigned by the County Engineer.



·         Proficient in Excel and other Microsoft Office software

·         Accounting background preferred

·         Motor Fuel Tax knowledge beneficial

·         Quickbooks knowledge beneficial

·         Maintain strict confidentiality regarding all office and employee related information

·         Excellent communication and customer service skills

·         Self-motived individual in completing required tasks

·         Must be trustworthy and work well with others inside and outside of the Highway Department (i.e. State agencies).


Qualified candidates may submit a resume at the Highway Office, 15620 Chautauqua Road, Petersburg IL or by emailing the Menard County Highway Department at menardhwy1@sbcglobal.net.  Hard and electronic copies of resumes should be submitted to the County Highway Office by 3:00 PM on October 14, 2022.


Menard County is an equal opportunity employer.