Madison County, Illinois

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Madison County is one of 102 counties in Illinois. Madison County is part of the Metro-East region of the St. Louis Metro Area. As of 2006, the population was 265,303. The county seat is Edwardsville, Illinois, home to Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. The largest town in the county is Alton, Illinois, known for its abolitionist and American Civil War-era history.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Illinois county websites

In 2011 Madison County earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score.

Transparency Grade
Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials P
Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Public records Y
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Local taxes
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for four years.[1]
  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[2]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided, including a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
  • Elected officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and, in some cases, personalized emails.[3][4]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 12 years.[5]
    • Meeting agendas are archived for eight years.[6]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[7]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2000 are available.[1]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[8]
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the Public Access Counselor position. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[9]
    • A public records form is provided.[10]
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[11]
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.
  • Lobbying
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[13]

The bad

  • Elected officials
    • Personalized emails are not provided for all board members and department heads.

County board

Madison County is organized under the township form of county government. The County Board Chairman is elected at large by all of the voters in the county. The chairman is the chief executive officer of county government and is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of departments and coordinating management with other countywide officeholders. The Director of Administration works at the direction of the chairman to carry out board policy, to assist in the management of board departments and to coordinate operations with countywide officeholders. The chairman appoints the department heads who manage those county offices not under the control of a countywide officeholder and coordinates the overall operation of the various offices and departments.[14]

The county is divided into 29 county board districts with equal populations. Each district elects one member to the county board. The Madison County Board functions as the legislative branch of the county government and is responsible for adopting all ordinances for the governance of Madison County, approving the county budget and levying taxes. It purchases and maintains all real and personal property owned by the county. The board also approves and supervises the use of all federal and state grants.[15]

The county board chairman presides over the meetings of the county board and appoints board members to serve on the standing committees of the board. The chairman-pro tempore is appointed by the chairman with the advice and consent of the board and presides over board meetings in the absence of the chairman. The committees maintain an informed relationship with the departments and offices under their oversight. The chairman of each committee regularly reports to the board chairman and the full board on the operations of their respective departments. The committees study issues within their areas of responsibility that are assigned to them by the chairman and submit recommendations and resolutions to the full board for action.[14]

Director of Administration

The Director of Administration, under the supervision of the county board chairman, coordinates and implements the actions of the county board, directs the day-to-day operation of county facilities, programs and personnel and provides staff support to the county board in policymaking. The Director of Administration has direct supervision over the appointed department heads and coordinates overall county operations with elected officials. The director also advises the county board on issues of overall management of the departments under its jurisdiction.[15]


The FY 2011 budget was $130,918,138, which is $3,201,925 (-2.4%) less than the 2010 budget of $134,120,062.[16]


Illinois law requires the registration of registered lobbyists by clients who contract for these services. Madison County presently does not have any contractual agreement with a registered lobbyist. It does, however, through membership fees or some other form of compensation, support organizations that do have registered lobbyists in the State of Illinois.

Organization Lobbyist
Metro Counties Ellis, Jon K. and
Kolkmeier, Kiplund Riley
Southwestern Illinois Flood
Prevention District Council
Dorgan-McPike &
Illinois Association of County Board
Members & Commissioners
Anderson Legislative


The county posts tax levy, valuation and rate information, real estate tax frequently asked questions, an "Understanding Your Tax Bill" document, information on how taxes are calculated and other documents related to taxes.[17][18][19][20][21]

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