The City of Jonesboro was established in 1800 and was incorporated in 1818. No records could be found before the year 1872. The Mayor of Jonesboro in 1872 was Paul Frick. Jonesboro is the County Seat for Union County. Jonesboro is also one of the sites for the famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates. The population of Jonesboro as of the 2010 Census is 1832.
City Hall 1101 Public Square / P.O. Box 330
Office Hours: M-F 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone # 618-833-2712 Fax # 618-833-3822
For emergencies after 4:30 p.m. call Union County Sheriff's Office 618-833-5500.
Jonesboro Police Department 1101 Public Square / P.O. Box 330
Phone # 618-833-5174
Volunteer Fire Department 102 W. Market St. / P.O. Box 330
For emergencies call 911
|City Clerk||Barbara Casper|
|City Treasurer||Shelly Pender|
|City Attorney||H. Wesley Wilkins|
|Chief of Police||David Wilkins|
|Fire Chief||Tim Bowen|
|City Superintendent||Billy Alsip|
|A-J Water Commission Board||Doug Edwards|
The Jonesboro City Council is made up of a Mayor and 6 Aldermen. The Mayor and Aldermen are elected for 4 year terms. The Aldermen handle all issues relating to the city management, budgets, ordinances & resolutions, labor contracts, utilities and city streets. The Jonesboro Council meets the 1st & 3rd Monday night of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Jonesboro City Hall.
|Ward I||Jimmy Watkins|
|Ward II||Michael Hunter|
|Ward III||Mike Stegle|
The City Clerk records the Jonesboro Council meeting minutes, ordinances & resolutions and maintains those records as permanent.
The City Treasurer keeps record of all receipts of revenues and disbursements of city funds. The City Treasurer prepares a monthly treasurers report detailing all monthly receipts and disbursements in comparison to the yearly budget.
The Zoning Board of Appeals is composed of a 7 person board. The board shall hear and decide appeals from and review any order, requirement, decision or determination made by the Zoning Inspector. The board shall hear and decide all other matters upon which it is required to pass or make a determination under this code.
Building Permits can be picked up at the City Hall after talking with the Zoning , John Pickel. The minimum building permit fee is $40.00.
Limbs and Brush that were trimmed or cut by property owner and placed curb side will be picked up periodically.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests should be directed to the Attention of the Jonesboro City Clerk at Jonesboro City Hall, P.O. Box 330 Jonesboro, IL 62952.
FOIA fee schedule
1st 50 pages of printed material No Fee
Black & White copies after 1st 50 pages $.15 per page
Color copies after 1st 50 pages $.30 per page
CD/DVD Cost to Produce
HOLIDAYS observed by employees of Jonesboro are as follows:
|New Year's Day|
|Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday|
|Lincoln's Birthday||Thanksgiving Day|
|Presidents Day||Friday after Thanksgiving|
The Jonesboro City Council has adopted a new streamlined administrative procedure for the issuance of municipal citations in cleaning-up the community. Effective December 1, citations may be written by the Jonesboro Police for violations such as tall grass and weeds, accumulation of trash, litter, and debris, inoperable motor vehicles and other public nuisances, which will carry mandatory fines/penalties ranging from $100 for the first offense, up to $750 for multiple offenses.