Chester, IL

  • State Recreation Area
    State Recreation Area

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

  • World Shooting & Recreation Complex
    World Shooting & Recreation Complex

    The World Shooting & Recreation Complex near Sparta. The Complex is home to the Grand American Trap Shoot each summer, which attracts shooters and visitors from all over the world.

  • Mississippi Fog
    Mississippi Fog

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

  • 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.
  • Boating on the Kaskaskia River
    Boating on the Kaskaskia River

    Thousands of pleasure boaters and fishermen pass through the Kaskaskia River Project's Jerry F. Costello Lock & Dam each year to visit the ports of Randolph County.

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.

Sparta Aero Services, Inc. is integral to the Airport's operation. They are contracted not only to provide FBO services, but to manage the airport as well. The staff at Sparta Aero oversee the day-to-day operations at the airfield, maintaining the facilities and ensuring safety. They also coordinate maintenance & construction projects with the Airport Board, Engineers, Contractors and State/Federal Agencies. As for the FBO services, Sparta Aero provides fuel sales, aircraft rental, flight instruction, aircraft sales, a full-service aircraft maintenance shop, and oversee the leases for the 30+ aircraft that are based at KSAR.

2017 Aviation Awards 10 Sparta Hunter Field Scott Marquardt Ken Martin Steve Long 640x401In addition to the daily activities, Sparta Aero always welcomes local daycare, primary, and college students for an educational field trip opportunity. They also host several community 'Fish Fry's' throughout the year, as well as their big annual (and free) 'Flight Fest' in the fall that draws hundreds of spectators and other pilots. The Flight Fest is a great opportunity for the general public to get up-close-and-personal with their local airport and pilots. There are food vendors, craft vendors, local businesses, activities for the kids, and even Young Eagle rides.

KSAR is a great stop for student pilots from all directions. The airport is used daily by the students at SIU- Carbondale, Parks College, SWIC, Airgo out of Centralia, and of course by the students at Sparta Aero. The airport has a 4000' paved runway, but is very proud of it's nearly 3000' turf runway that gives pilots the opportunity to practice take offs and landings on a 'soft field.' Many pilots take advantage of KSARs location as a lunch stop or as an overnight stop on a X/C trip. The area around the airport has dozens of restaurants and several hotels to fill those needs. Each Memorial Day, a group of volunteer pilots gather at KSAR to perform a fly-over for memorial services at a large local cemetery. In addition, the Sparta Training Area, an Illinois National Guard Base is a mere 1/2mi to the west of the airport, and hosts/fuels many of tIMG 0035 640x443he helicopters when needed.

If the present day activities weren't enough, KSAR maintains the historical importance of aviation days gone by. The Sparta, IL area was host to the 'Hunter Brothers.' True Barnstormers of the 1920s and 1930s, the Hunter Brothers taught themselves how to fly, entertained crowds, and are most famous for pioneering the concept of aerial refueling, in which they stayed aloft for approx. 23 days straight in 1930. They were also good friends with Charles Lindbergh, who would frequent the Hunter's house for Sunday dinners, as legend has it.

The Sparta Community Airport, and the businesses based here, continue to grow and remain viable thanks to exceptional planning, management and oversight. The benefit to the area is very evident when looking at the airport's activities as a whole.

Scott Marquardt
Manager, KSAR


You Need To Know

  • 2018 Real Estate Tax Bills

    Currently, the 2018 real estate taxes payable in 2019 are being processed with the State of Illinois. More...

  • BASSETT News

    Latest BASSETT News

  • 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.

  • Wind Turbine Ordinance

    Wind Turbine Ordinance

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2018 Real Estate Tax Bills Delayed

Currently, the 2018 real estate taxes payable in 2019 are being processed with the State of Illinois. Our office anticipates mailing the real estate tax bills out in September. Once further information becomes available, our office will provide a more detailed time line. Thank you.

Road Closures



Road Dist 1:               W Stringtown Rd at Plum Creek Evansville

                             Preston Rd W of Walsh/ Baldwin Rd Preston

                             Dew Drop Rd from Paul to Union School Rd Evansville

                                    Conservation Rd North of the Railroad Tracks

                                    Union Rd


Road Dist 2               Mill Creek Chester

                             Deer Field Chester

                             Gun Club Rd Rockwood

                                    County Farm Road at Vasquez Farm


Road Dist 3                E Mill/ S Prairie Rd Ruma

                             Elm Shade Evansville

                             Scherle Ln Evansville at the Bridge

                             Stringtown Rd/ Fort de Charter Prairie du Rocher

                              Flinton Station Rd near Lock & Dam Modoc

                              Fish Lake Rd/ Herzon Ln Modoc

                                    Oakview by Phegley’s Resort

                                    Lock and Dam Road

                                    Modoc Ferry Rd

                                    Fish Lake Rd


Road Dist 4              N Kingshighway/ Dozaville

                               Old Channel Rd St Mary’s entrance


IDOT                          Water St Chester

                               E Kaskaskia St Menard

                               State Route 3 South of Mary’s River to Cora Flood Gates Rockwood

                               State Route 155/ Flood Gates Prairie du Rocher

                                    ***CHESTER BRIDGE***

                                    ***STATE ROUTE 3 AT NINE MILE***


County Highway          Riley Lake Rd Ellis Grove


Evansville                      Liberty St from Church St to Jackson St

                                Main St

                                Water St Evansville

Press Release - Levee

Date: Friday, May 31, 2019 12:06 PM

From: Village of Prairie du Rocher

As a precaution, it is being recommended by Randolph County Officials that when the river levels reach 46ft, residents from the Village of Prairie du Rocher and south to the Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam begin preparing for evacuation. Should the river levels reach 48ft, a mandatory evacuation will take effect. As of Friday, May 31st, the river is predicted to crest at 46ft on Thursday, June 6th. This predicated crest is subject to change. You can stay up to date on Mississippi River levels in St. Louis here Flood Levels.


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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