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Government

This site has basic information about the Carthage government, services, and meetings. You can jump immediately to these sections, or just browse on down...

Our Government

The Carthage city government is Mayor/Aldermanic. There are two Aldermen from each of the three city wards. They can be reached at City Hall, 217-357-3119.

Jim Nightingale, Mayor

Ward 1 - Danny Neally, Ed Owen

Ward 2 - Gary Smith, Jim Fink

Ward 3 - Randy Flemming, Donna Walker

City Meeting Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the City of Carthage Offices, 538 Wabash, Carthage, IL (South side of the Square). For agendas and minutes of Council Meetings since 2005, click here.

Meeting 
 Scheduled Time
Regular Council Meeting
8:00 PM - Second and Fourth Tuesdays of every month, and typically on the last business day in April to close out the fiscal year.
Public Property Meetings
6:30 PM - First Monday of each month.
Public Safety Meetings7:30 PM - Monday prior to first council meeting of each month.
Finance Meetings6:30 PM - The Monday immediately prior the first regularly scheduled council meeting of the month.
Public Works Meetings6:30 PM - Same days as the regularly scheduled council meetings.
Plan Commission Meetings
5:15 PM - First Wednesday of each month.
Board Of Appeals MeetingsScheduled as needed.
Museum Board Meetings

 5:00 PM - Third Tuesday of each month.

Police

Carthage City Police, 538 Wabash St., 217-357-2245 (emergency: 911)
Hancock County Sheriff/Jail, 98 Buchanan, 217-357-2115 (emergency: 911)

Fire

Carthage Clipper Fire Department
122 S. Adams St.
217-357-2110 (emergency: 911)
The department has about 35 volunteers.

Tax Levies

(1994): 8.23/$100 assessed valuation. Breakdown:
  • $1.59 - County
  • $0.78 - Township
  • $1.00 - City
  • $3.95 - School District
  • $0.43 - College District
  • $0.21 - Park District
  • $0.24 - Library District
  • $0.04 - Other

Hancock County Government

Hancock County is governed by an elected board. The county government is run from the county Courthouse located in the center of the downtown Carthage business and historical district. You can learn more about Hancock County from the Hancock County Economic Development Association web site and the Hancock County Clerk web site.

Click here for the county site.

State of Illinois

Illinois was admitted to the Union in 1818. The state capital is in Springfield, 100 miles south-east of Carthage. Illinois state government pages are here.