Chester, IL

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

     The Historic Mary's River Covered Bridge near Chester

  • State Recreation Area
    State Recreation Area

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

  • Rustic Barn
    Rustic Barn

    A relic of a bygone era near Wine Hill.

  • Fall Festival
    Fall Festival

    The Annual Fall Festival Parade in Coulterville.

Treasurer FAQs

What is a Disabled Person's Exemption?

This exemption is for taxpayers who are disabled. There are several different ways of qualifying for the exemption. Call the Assessor's Office for clarification.

What is the difference between real estate taxes and mobile home taxes?

Real estate taxes are paid a year behind (2018 payable 2019). Mobile home taxes run current year (2019 payable 2019).

What is the Randolph County Deliquent Tax Program (Trustee)?

When property taxes at the Annual Deliquent Tax Sale fail to receive a bid, the property is placed in the Randolph County Trustee Program. Contact the Randolph County Delinquent Tax Agent at 800.248.2850 or 618.656.5744.

What is available to interested parties in regard to the Deliquent Tax Sale?

A Deliquent Real Estate Tax List consisting of the owner's name, parcel number, tax due, and/or a copy of the actual judgement book used at the sale. Judgement books are $50.00 and a publication listing is $25.00.

What are the requirements to attend the annual Deliquent Tax Sale?

Per state statute, a registration fee of $250.00 must be paid to the Treasurer's Office no later than ten business days prior to the tax sale.

What is a Delinquent Tax Sale?

Unpaid taxes offered for sale to the public. Persons offering to pay amount due on property for the least penalty percentage shall be the purchaser. No bid shall be accepted for a penalty exceeding 18 percent of the amount of the tax or special assessment.


What is the Mobile Home Local Service Tax Enforcement Act?

Beginning with the taxable year 2003, the manner in which delinquent taxes on mobile homes are collected was changed. Failure to pay the tax can result in a penalty of $25.00 per month, or portion of, not to exceed $100.00.

What is a Circuit Breaker for seniors & disabled?

As of January 1, 2013, the Circuit Breaker Program name has been changed to the Benefit Access Program. Call the Department of Aging 800-252-8966 for clarification or visit their website @

What is the Returning Veteran's Exemption?

This exemption provides a $5,000 reduction in the equalized assessed value of the veteran's principal residence. Call our office for clarification.

Is there a 2nd Disabled Veteran's Exemption?

Yes, this exemption is for a disabled veteran, or the spouse or unmarried surviving spouse of the veteran. The exemption applies to housing where federal funds have been used to purchase or construct special adaptations to suit the veteran's disability.

What is a Disabled Veteran's Exemption?

This exemption is for taxpayers who are disabled at least 30 percent or more through the Veteran's Administration. Call the Assessor's Office for clarification.

What is a Home Improvement Exemption?

This exemption is on the property you own and occupy. It is only on residential improvements (not on farm improvements i.e. barn, silo, etc.). It reduces the assessed value by the amount of increase (up to $75,000 Fair Market Value).

What is the Senior Citizen's Assessment Freeze Exemption?

This exemption freezes the assessed value (not taxes) back to the base year for each year that the form is completed and returned to the Assessor's Office. To qualify, a taxpayer must own and occupy the property as their principal dwelling on January 1 and have a household income of $55,000 or less.  For 2018 payable 2019, the annual income increased to $65,000.

What is a Senior Homestead Exemption?

This exemption reduces the final equalized assessed value by up to $5,000. To qualify for this exemption, a taxpayer must be age 65 or older during the assessment year, and own and occupy the principal dwelling on January 1st of the assessment year.

What is an Owner Occupied Exemption?

This exemption reduces the final equalized assessed value up to $6,000, to fall below the 1977 equalized assessed value. To qualify, a taxpayer must own and occupy a property as the principal dwelling on January 1st of the assessment year.

I no longer use a mortgage company to pay my real estate tax bill. How do I change my mailing address?

All address changes are made in the Randolph County Assessor's Office. You may call them at 618.826.5000 ext. 192. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


My real estate tax bill is sent to my mortgage company. How can I receive a copy of my real estate bill?

Your mortgage company, by law, has 15 days from receipt of a real estate tax bill to furnish the property owner a copy. If you do not wish your mortgage company to receive your tax bill, notify the Assessor's Office to change the mailing address.


Can my real estate taxes be paid with a credit card?

Yes. Randolph County accepts credit card payments. Debit or credit card payments must be made in the Treasurer's Office.  You can also pay them online at the Treasurer's Office website:  There are fees for using this program:  Debit Card of $3.95, 2.85% of the amount of the taxes for the Credit Card & if you have it taken from your checking, there is a fee of $1.50. 


Why are my taxes so high?

Your taxes may be higher due to taxing districts requesting more property tax money. Your property's assessed value may increase, or an increase in the state or township multipliers would raise taxes. Loss of an exemption will increase tax dollars.


I sold this property. Why did I receive a current real estate tax bill?

The tax remains with the property, regardless of ownership. To determine your liability for paying the tax, check your closing statement to see if the seller gave you credit. You may also contact an attorney.


Does the Treasurer's Office charge for duplicate tax bills?

Yes, the fee for a duplicate tax bill is $5.00 (there is no fee for a taxpayer to receive a copy of their own tax bill). Payment for duplicate tax bill must be received before the office will release them.

Does the Treasurer's Office have a fax number?

Yes, indeed the Treasurer's Office does have a fax number; (618) 826-2225.

When are Real Estate taxes due?

Historically, the first installment due date falls near the end of July.

The second installment due date is always after September 1 in a normal fiscal year. 


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 and Facebook siconnector 

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2017 Airport of the Year

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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


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.


Dated: July 17, 2017

Enter: Richard A Brown, Circuit Judge