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  • The Lake at Steeleville
    The Lake at Steeleville

    A beautiful summer scene at a lake near Steeleville.

  • Fall Festival
    Fall Festival

    The Annual Fall Festival Parade in Coulterville.

  • 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.

  • Chester Welcome Center
    Chester Welcome Center

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

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

    Pierre Menard was the first Lieutenant Governor of Illinois.

Live & Visit

Destination Randolph County

Every year, thousands of people make a pilgrimage to Randolph County for a day, a weekend, or a summer vacation. They visit the World Shooting & Recreation Complex, the Popeye Character Trail in Chester and the Popeye Festival each September. Others photograph one of the ten best views in America ... the Mississippi River Valley from the observation deck of the Randolph County Courthouse. April visitors prize the Morel Mushroom and find thousands in the Randolph County region.

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There is history here in river tales and stories of the first settlers. There are monuments to these pioneers including Shadrach Bond and Pierre Menard. You can see the oldest church in Illinois and the Liberty Bell of the West on Kaskaskia Island. There is the Misselhorn Art Gallery in Sparta, Fort de Chartres near Prairie du Rocher and Fort Kaskaskia near Ellis Grove. Visit an eight-sided historic schoolhouse, museums, and the Cohen Home.

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Find a quiet place at the Confluence Heritage Area and become one with nature while watching birds and river wildlife. The quiet flow of the waters of the Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers takes you away and you understand why this place is special. Gaze at the river barges moving along and, if you're lucky, you may even see the Queen of the Mississippi or the Mississippi Queen Riverboats.

The Randolph County region is a sportsman's paradise. There is trophy fishing at Baldwin Lake and the Randolph County State Recreation, and bowfishing on the Kaskaskia River. Hunt ducks, geese, turkey and deer in many locations, or just walk a trail and let the serenity flow through you. A respite from the world. Tour the Kaskaskia Cahokia Trail ... the oldest road in Illinois.

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Then there is Autumn in Randolph County. Amazing color!

Click on our Pinterest pages to see the majesty of Autumn and many more Randolph County sites for all seasons of the year. Click HERE to see a pictorial essay of the Kaskaskia Cahokia Trail. Or click on some of the video links below.

There are music festivals each year and car shows attract thousands to Randolph County annually. Click on this link: Tourism Bureau Illinois South for a list of summer regional activities.

Come for the Festivals. Come for the Sights. Come for the History. Come for Nature. But come soon ... to Randolph County, Illinois.

You Need To Know

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