• Farm Bureau President
    Farm Bureau President

    Richard Guebert, Randolph County resident and President of the Illinois Farm Bureau, speaks to a Chester Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

  • The Lake at Steeleville
    The Lake at Steeleville

    A beautiful summer scene at a lake near Steeleville.

  • Chester Bridge at Sunset
    Chester Bridge at Sunset

    The Chester Bridge is the gateway to and from Missouri. It is the only motor-traffic bridge between St. Louis and Cape Girardeau.

    Principle Photography Courtesy of Christopher & Stephanie Martin. Used by Permission.
  • State Recreation Area
    State Recreation Area

    Enjoy camping, hiking and fishing at the Randolph County State Recreation Area.

  • Mary's River Covered Bridge
    Mary's River Covered Bridge

     The Historic Mary's River Covered Bridge near Chester

     

Welcome

to

Randolph County

Because Randolph County is home to the World Shooting & Recreation Complex and Popeye, and because our community is where Illinois began, and because of our Mississippi and Kaskaskia Rivers heritage, we receive thousands of visitors each year from all corners of the world. They come by air to Sparta's Hunter Field, by motor vehicle and even via the Mississippi when the riverboats dock in Chester. What they leave with is the feeling of goodness and respect that we in Randolph County live by.

Randolph County is a wonderful tourism destination.  The air here is pristine and the fishing is incredible. Camping, parks and hiking trails. Hunting. Kayaking. Birding. The Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres. The very first road in Illinois traverses Randolph County. The southern genesis of the Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail is on Kaskaskia Island. You can see French History at Prairie du Rocher and Fort de Chartres. Visit the bluff at Fort Kaskaskia for an amazing view of the Mississippi and Kaskaskia Rivers. Enjoy the Roscoe Misselhorn Gallery in Sparta or the museum in Red Bud. The Randolph County Museum in Chester houses the oldest public records in Illinois.

The communities of Randolph County are as individual as fingerprints. Each has a unique identity ... a distinctive culture and history. But we also have common interests and a loyalty to each other seldom seen today. Communities help one another with projects, promotions, causes and concerns. There is no pretension here. The wealthiest person in the community may have breakfast with the man who picks up the trash without a second thought about it. Each has the highest respect for the other because we understand that being the best we can be begins with a genuine concern for one another.

We are also fortunate to have agribusiness, mining, manufacturing and transportation industries which mean many quality jobs with benefits. We have more than 100 churches of most faiths and amazing public and private schools! Randolph County is a wonderful place to work ... and to live.

Thank you for touring our website! You can also follow us on Instagram at Randolphcoil, visit our Randolph County Economic Development web and Facebook sites, as well as our Pinterest pages for a look at more than 250 photographs of the people and places of Randolph County!

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Yours truly,

Ronnie White

Chairman, Randolph County Commissioners

You Need To Know

  • BASSETT News

    Latest BASSETT News

  • Bicentennial

    Events Calendar

  • Board of Commissioners

     Meeting Schedules

  • Community Foundation

    You can access the website of the Community Foundation of Randolph County by clicking HERE

  • Courthouse Hours

    Randolph County Courthouse hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Holidays are listed on the Transparency page.    

  • ETSB

    Meeting Schedule

  • Paying Tickets

    You can pay citations by clicking HERE or you can dial the Circuit Court Clerk directly at 618.826.5000 extension 194 to ask about paying.

Latest Blogs

Violence Prevention Awareness Month

OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH


WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

Domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors–including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion–used by one intimate partner against another (adult or adolescent) to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Batterers use of a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, often injure, and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner.


If you are in immediate danger, please:

  • Call 911

  • Contact your local toll free hotline: 800-924-0096 or https://www.vpcswi.org/

  • Call the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or TTY 1-800-787-3224

  • Call, text or chat Love Is Respect—the U.S. National Teen Dating Violence Helpline: 1-866-331-9474 or TTY 1-866-331-8453, text "loveis" to 77054 or live chat at http://www.loveisrespect.org

  • Call the U.S. National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE), which automatically connects you to a local U.S. rape crisis program based on the area code of your phone number


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN ILLINOIS

• In 2014,almost 65,800 intimate violence incidents were reported to Illinois law enforcement. Many others went unreported.i
• In between July 2013 and June 2014, there were 84 domestic violence-related deaths in Illinois, including 15 children.ii

• 26.9% of domestic violence homicides were committed with firearms, significantly less than the nationwide rate.iii 

• Illinois has strong laws to protect victims and survivors of domestic violence from gun homicides, including:

* prohibiting people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking from owning firearms
* prohibiting abusers subject to temporary protective orders from owning firearms requiring perpetrators to actively relinquish weapons to a ‘qualified person’
* requiring firearms purchasers to first obtain a permit from the state. A purchaser must pass a background check
* before being issued a permit.iv


DID YOU KNOW?

• 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.v
• On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 21,000 calls, an average of close to 15 calls every minute.vi
• Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.vii
• The presence of a gun in the home during a domestic violence incident increases the risk of homicide by at least 500%.viii
• 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 94% of the victims of these crimes are female.ix


i Illinois State Police (2015). Crime in Illinois: 2014. Retrieved from http://www.isp.state.il.us/docs/cii/cii14/cii14_SectionII_Pg243_to_248.pdf.
ii Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2014). FY14 domestic violence homicide report. Retrieved from http://www.ilcadv.org/HomicideReportFY14.pdf.
iii Center for American Progress and Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (2014). Fact sheet: Illinois domestic violence and guns. Retrieved from https://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/CAP-DV-IL-copy.pdf.
iv Ibid.
v Black, M.C., Basile, K.C., Breiding, M.J., Smith, S.G., Walters, M.L., Merrick, M.T., Chen, J., & Stevens, M. (2011). The national intimate partner and sexual violence survey: 2010 summary report. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs_report2010-a.pdf.
vi National Network to End Domestic Violence (2015). 2014 domestic violence counts: A 24-hour census of domestic violence shelters and services. Retrieved from http://nnedv.org/downloads/Census/DVCounts2014/DVCounts14_NatlSummary_Color-2.pdf.
vii Truman, J. & Morgan, R. (2014). Nonfatal domestic violence, 2003-2012. Retrieved from http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/ndv0312.pdf.
viii Campbell, J.C., Webster, D., Koziol-McLain, J., Block, C., Campbell, D., Curry, M. A., Gary, F., Glass, N., McFarlane, J., Sachs, C., Sharps, P., Ulrich, Y., Wilt, S., Manganello, J., Xu, X., Schollenberger, J., Frye, V., & Lauphon, K. (2003). Risk factors for femicide in abusive relationships: Results from a multisite case control study. American Journal of Public Health, 93(7), 1089-1097.
ix Violence Policy Center. (2012). American roulette: Murder-suicide in the United States. Retrieved from www.vpc.org/studies/amroul2012.pdf.

 

Randolph County Walk-In Flu Clinics

 

Randolph County Health Department 2018 Walk-in Flu Clinics

The Randolph County Health Department (RCHD) will partner with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Randolph County to provide flu clinics. The RSVP sponsored by Western Egyptian EOC will assist the RCHD with volunteers.

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Randolph County Animal Control

The phone number for Randolph County Animal Control is now 618.826.5484 option 0.

Gov. Rauner Launches 24/7 Helpline to Help Illinoisans in Crisis

ILOpioidOverdoseHelplineEarlier this month, Governor Rauner and members of the Opioid Overdose Intervention and Prevention Task Force launched a statewide Helpline to provide immediate assistance for those affected by addiction to opioids and other substances.

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2017 Airport of the Year

The Sparta Community Airport (KSAR) has been in existence for about 60 years, providing numerous benefits to the surrounding area- both in the aviation community as well as the non-flying public.

Airport of the Year Award


The businesses on the field help to support and grow the airport, and the airport helps to grow the businesses. Arch Air Ambulance has a helicopter base at the south end of the field, and provides life-saving services to the immediate area. Their geographic position in Sparta is critical to their response time to a patient, as well as their ability to access smaller hospitals in the region - and the larger facilities in St. Louis.

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