Chester, IL

 
  • Winter Sunset
    Winter Sunset

    A beautiful winter sunset in rural Randolph County.

  • 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.
  • The Pierre Menard Home near Ellis Grove
    The Pierre Menard Home near Ellis Grove

    Pierre Menard was the first Lieutenant Governor of Illinois.

  • Chester Welcome Center
    Chester Welcome Center

    Visitors can see Popeye and take a break near the Chester Bridge. 

  • Mississippi Fog
    Mississippi Fog

    Fog on the Mississippi River Valley. From the observation deck of the Randolph County Courthouse.

Liquor Commission

Businesses in unincorporated areas of Randolph County can obtain a liquor license by filing an application with the Randolph County Board. Businesses seeking a liquor license for use inside a municipality should contact the local city or village clerk.

Regulation of liquor licensing is dictated by the Illinois Liquor Control Act and the Randolph County Liquor Code. Temporary event licenses are also permitted.

Randolph County Liquor License applications can be obtained from the Randolph County Clerk’s office or they may be downloaded here. (Liquor License Application) Proof of insurance, copies of Articles of Incorporation, LLC or Limited Liability Partnership (if applicable), and the appropriate fee must accompany each completed application.

 

Partners for the Prevention of Teen Drinking 

Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training

Effective July 1, 2017, the State of Illinois Public Act 098-0939 mandates all Randolph County managers, servers of alcohol, as well as anyone responsible for checking identification, to complete a Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET) Certification.

The BASSET Program encourages sellers/servers of alcoholic beverages to serve responsibly and stay within the law. Proof of BASSET Certification from Illinois Liquor Control and Commission approved vendors will be required for all establishments’ liquor license applications and liquor license renewals.  

BASSET Certification is in addition to, and separate from, Food Handler and Food Service Sanitation Manager Certifications. BASSET Certification is required for all staff who card, sell, and serve alcohol for consumption on premise.

Visit the ILLINOIS LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION for upcoming classes or to find answers to your questions about Illinois Liquor Laws.

Visit the ILLINOIS LICENSED BEVERAGE ASSOCIATION 

What is BASSET?

Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training

Effective July 1, 2017, the State of Illinois Public Act 098-0939 mandates all Randolph County managers, servers of alcohol, as well as anyone responsible for checking identification, to complete a Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET) Certification.

The BASSET Program encourages sellers/servers of alcoholic beverages to serve responsibly and stay within the law. Proof of BASSET Certification from Illinois Liquor Control and Commission approved vendors will be required for all establishments’ liquor license applications and liquor license renewals.  

BASSET Certification is in addition to, and separate from, Food Handler and Food Service Sanitation Manager Certifications. BASSET Certification is required for all staff who card, sell, and serve alcohol for consumption on premise.

 

You Need To Know

  • 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.    

  • COVID-19

    Circuit Court Administrative Orders

  • 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.

  • Press Releases

    Press Releases for COVID-19

  • Southern Illinois Connector

    The Southern Illinois Connector website www.siconnector.com and Facebook siconnector 

Latest Blogs

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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Foreclosure Sales

Administrative Order No. 17-CA-6

ORDER

Effective August 1, 2017, pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/15-1507(b) all judicial mortgage foreclosure sales shall be conducted by the Sheriff of Randolph County, Illinois, except by leave of Court.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

Dated: July 17, 2017

Enter: Richard A Brown, Circuit Judge

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