Chester, IL

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

    Pierre Menard was the first Lieutenant Governor of Illinois.

  • Fall Festival
    Fall Festival

    The Annual Fall Festival Parade in Coulterville.

  • Mississippi Fog
    Mississippi Fog

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

  • Spring at the Confluence
    Spring at the Confluence

    Spring and the midday sun at the confluence of the Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers.

Upcoming Election Information

Election Information

Precinct Committeemen

Randolph County has 37 precincts and committeemen; they are elected every two years as per Illinois Election Code. They are elected at the General Primary Election by political parties; Democratic and Republican are the parties in Randolph County.

All committeemen in each political party make up the party’s central committee. By law they must select a chairman on the 29th day succeeding the primary in the general election which is held in the even numbered years. [10 ILCS 5/7-9 (a)] The chairman sets the direction for the party and may fill vacancies among the precinct committeemen.

Precinct committeemen are given statutory authority to appoint the judges of election for their political party in their precinct. If you wish to become a judge of election, contact your precinct committeeman for your party, or your political party chairman.

Precinct committeemen help their party’s candidates, organize fund-raisers, and may help introduce candidates to the voters in their precinct. Your precinct committeeman is usually a good source of information about candidates. You can find your committeeman by clicking on the link that goes with the party of your choice.

Elections

The Randolph County Clerk’s Office conducts all elections in a fair, accurate, impartial and efficient manner. We will preserve all election results and make said files accessible to all people.

Phone: 618.826.5000 ext. 191

Fax: 618.826.5730

Election Schedule

Even – General Primary – Third Tuesday in March
Years – General Election – First Tuesday after the First Monday of November

Odd Years – Consolidated – Generally held the First Tuesday in April

Absentee Voting Instructions

In-person absentee voting will be conducted in the Randolph County Clerk’s Office, #1 Taylor Street, Chester, Illinois 62233.

The office is open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Persons may apply for an absentee ballot by mail or in person or calling the Clerk’s Office. Please remember that you do not need a reason to vote absentee, but you will not be able to go to the polls election day and cast a ballot. If you have any questions please call our office at 618.826.5000 ext. 191.

Voter Registration

The law requires registered voters to keep their name and address current. You cannot vote for local candidates if you are not correctly registered. You cannot vote on any local propositions if you are not correctly registered. Please contact the County Clerk’s Office at 618.826.5000 ext. 191, if you have changed your name and/or address and have not yet notified the Randolph County Clerk’s Office. Please remember registered voters who do not have a voter’s registration card, or who have questions regarding their registration; please call the Randolph County Clerk’s Office at 618.826.5000 ext. 191.

Election Results

Election totals are unofficial election night results and do not include provisional ballots or late arriving absentee ballots. Some election reports will not include valid write-in candidates or votes for those candidates. Contact the County Clerk’s Office for a certified canvass report showing official results.

 

You can also find additional information about state candidates, campaign finance information and voter guides at the Illinois State Board of Elections: Illinois State Board of Elections

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