Counties in Illinois

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There are 102 counties in Illinois.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Illinois consists of:

  • 1,298 city governments.
  • 1,431 township governments.
  • 102 county governments.
  • In addition, there are 3,232 special districts and 905 independent school districts.[2]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Illinois

Illinois law provides for an advisory (non-binding, no legal effect) initiative process on questions of public policy. A binding referendum is required on limited matters, such as tax levies and bonds (Chap 10 Election Code, Art. 28). Residents of home-rule counties and cities may change their form of government or revert to general law governance by initiative. While mostly formal, this process can have some effects on policy. For example, under the general law, city governments face greater restrictions on raising taxes. Thus, switching from home-rule to general law can help limit tax increases.[3][4]

There is no broad ordinance initiative process in any of Illinois' cities.[5]

County website evaluations

See also: Evaluation of Illinois county websites

As of 2009:

  • 20 of the 102 counties posted their county budgets online.
  • 34 counties included information on their websites about public government meetings.
  • 45 included information about the county's elected officials.
  • 42 included information about the county's administrative officials.
  • 29 counties gave information about permits and zoning in the county.
  • 15 of the counties put information on their websites about audits that the county government has had performed.
  • One county gave information about its contracts with county vendors.
  • Zero county websites disclosed whether the county belongs to any government sector lobbying associations.
  • 11 counties provided information on how to request public records using the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
  • 23 county websites provided some information about county taxes.

Ballotpedia evaluated ballot measure information on Illinois county websites in March 2012.

List of counties

Illinois counties
County County seat
Adams County, Illinois Quincy, Illinois
Alexander County, Illinois Cairo, Illinois
Bond County, Illinois Greenville, Illinois
Boone County, Illinois Belvidere, Illinois
Brown County, Illinois Mount Sterling, Illinois
Bureau County, Illinois Princeton, Illinois
Calhoun County, Illinois Hardin, Illinois
Carroll County, Illinois Mount Carroll, Illinois
Cass County, Illinois Virginia, Illinois
Champaign County, Illinois Urbana, Illinois
Christian County, Illinois Taylorville, Illinois
Clark County, Illinois Marshall, Illinois
Clay County, Illinois Louisville, Illinois
Clinton County, Illinois Carlyle, Illinois
Coles County, Illinois Charleston, Illinois
Cook County, Illinois Chicago, Illinois
Crawford County, Illinois Robinson, Illinois
Cumberland County, Illinois Toledo, Illinois
DeKalb County, Illinois Clinton, Illinois
De Witt County, Illinois Sycamore, Illinois
Douglas County, Illinois Tuscola, Illinois
Dupage County, Illinois Wheaton, Illinois
Edgar County, Illinois Paris, Illinois
Edwards County, Illinois Albion, Illinois
Effingham County, Illinois Effingham, Illinois
Fayette County, Illinois Vandalia, Illinois
Ford County, Illinois Paxton, Illinois
Franklin County, Illinois Benton, Illinois
Fulton County, Illinois Lewistown, Illinois
Gallatin County, Illinois Shawneetown, Illinois
Greene County, Illinois Carrollton, Illinois
Grundy County, Illinois Morris, Illinois
Hamilton County, Illinois McLeansboro, Illinois
Hancock County, Illinois Carthage, Illinois
Hardin County, Illinois Elizabethtown, Illinois
Henderson County, Illinois Oquawka, Illinois
Henry County, Illinois Cambridge, Illinois
Iroquois County, Illinois Watseka, Illinois
Jackson County, Illinois Murphysboro, Illinois
Jasper County, Illinois Newton, Illinois
Jefferson County, Illinois Mount Vernon, Illinois
Jersey County, Illinois Jerseyville, Illinois
Jo Daviess County, Illinois Galena, Illinois
Johnson County, Illinois Vienna, Illinois
Kane County, Illinois Geneva, Illinois
Kankakee County, Illinois Kankakee, Illinois
Kendall County, Illinois Yorkville, Illinois
Knox County, Illinois Galesburg, Illinois
Lake County, Illinois Waukegan, Illinois
LaSalle County, Illinois Ottawa, Illinois
Lawrence County, Illinois Lawrenceville, Illinois
Lee County, Illinois Dixon, Illinois
Livingston County, Illinois Pontiac, Illinois
Logan County, Illinois Lincoln, Illinois
Macon County, Illinois Decatur, Illinois
Macoupin County, Illinois Carlinville, Illinois
Madison County, Illinois Edwardsville, Illinois
Marion County, Illinois Salem, Illinois
Marshall County, Illinois Lacon, Illinois
Mason County, Illinois Havana, Illinois
Massac County, Illinois Metropolis, Illinois
McDonough County, Illinois Macomb, Illinois
McHenry County, Illinois Woodstock, Illinois
McLean County, Illinois Bloomington, Illinois
Menard County, Illinois Petersburg, Illinois
Mercer County, Illinois Aledo, Illinois
Monroe County, Illinois Waterloo, Illinois
Montgomery County, Illinois Hillsboro, Illinois
Morgan County, Illinois Jacksonville, Illinois
Moultrie County, Illinois Sullivan, Illinois
Ogle County, Illinois Oregon, Illinois
Peoria County, Illinois Peoria, Illinois
Perry County, Illinois Pinckneyville, Illinois
Piatt County, Illinois Monticello, Illinois
Pike County, Illinois Pittsfield, Illinois
Pope County, Illinois Golconda, Illinois
Pulaski County, Illinois Mound City, Illinois
Putnam County, Illinois Hennepin, Illinois
Randolph County, Illinois Chester, Illinois
Richland County, Illinois Olney, Illinois
Rock Island County, Illinois Rock Island, Illinois
Saline County, Illinois Harrisburg, Illinois
Sangamon County, Illinois Springfield, Illinois
Schuyler County, Illinois Rushville, Illinois
Scott County, Illinois Winchester, Illinois
Shelby County, Illinois Shelbyville, Illinois
St. Clair County, Illinois Belleville, Illinois
Stark County, Illinois Toulon, Illinois
Stephenson County, Illinois Freeport, Illinois
Tazewell County, Illinois Pekin, Illinois
Union County, Illinois Jonesboro, Illinois
Vermilion County, Illinois Danville, Illinois
Wabash County, Illinois Mount Carmel, Illinois
Warren County, Illinois Monmouth, Illinois
Washington County, Illinois Nashville, Illinois
Wayne County, Illinois Fairfield, Illinois
White County, Illinois Carmi, Illinois
Whiteside County, Illinois Morrison, Illinois
Will County, Illinois Joliet, Illinois
Williamson County, Illinois Marion, Illinois
Winnebago County, Illinois Rockford, Illinois
Woodford County, Illinois Eureka, Illinois

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