Knox County Government COVID-19 Updates

The offices at the Knox County Government have modified their access due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Knox County courthouse has been placed on restricted access until further notice.  Patrons with any business with the County are encouraged to call the office they need for instructions.  Phone numbers are available from the County website at by clicking the link to the office you need.  Please do not arrive at the courthouse without prior direction to do so.  Court security will be monitoring all access to the building. 

Knox County COVID Unified Command Dashboard is now LIVE.

The following offices have posted more specific procedures:

Assessment , GIS & Zoning Office’s

-July 7, 2020-

Due to the legislative changes enacted to protect vulnerable citizens
during the COVID-19 crisis, the Knox County Supervisor of Assessments

will not require individuals already receiving the specified homestead
exemptions to renew their applications for 2020. The office will
automatically install these exemptions for individuals who received them
in 2019.

Any new filings will still be accepted as usual, however mailing or email
is preferable. The following exemptions will not require renewal for 2020:

. PTAX 340-Senior Freeze Exemption

. PTAX 342R-Renewal for Veterans with Disabilities

. PTAX 343R-Renewal for people with Disabilities

Highway Department

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, our facility will be closed to the public except by appointment. If you have an issue please call our regular office number, 309-289-2514, or submit an email to If we need to set up a meeting or a site visit we can handle that with a phone call or email. We will be maintaining our normal business hours in order to provide a safe county highway system for the traveling public. This will be our plan of operation until April 7, at which time it will be re-evaluated.

Circuit Clerk – Patrons paying fines, traffic tickets or child support should make their payments by mail or online at using code a001L1.  No personal checks accepted.  No entry into the Circuit Clerk’s office is allowed without an appointment, unless you have a pending court case scheduled for the date.  Call the office at 309-345-3859 to check whether your case is still taking place as previously scheduled.  Pursuant to a recent order entered by Chief Judge Vancil and the Illinois Supreme Court, persons exhibiting certain symptoms and those accompanying them may be denied entry into the Circuit Clerk’s office.

County Treasurer – Mobile Home Taxes may be paid by mail or you may use the drop box at the parking lot exit on South Street.  Do not mail or drop cash payments.

County Clerk – Patrons can order birth, marriage, and death records can be ordered on-line or through the mail.  No in-person genealogical searches will be allowed.  If you need to obtain a license to get married in Knox County, please call to make an appointment.  If you need to pay for Delinquent Property Taxes, please call the office to obtain the current amount and make payment through the mail with either a money order or certified check.  No personal checks can be accepted for delinquent taxes.

County Recorder – Office is closed to the general public.  You may call 345-3818 and they will attempt to assist you on the phone.  Attorneys and certified title searchers/surveyors will be allowed.

Public Defender – Office is not seeing clients at the Court House or Annex Building without an appointment.  Clients are directed to call the office for any update, concerns, or questions.

State’s Attorney – The office is closed to the general public, attorneys, and courthouse staff.  Please call the office by telephone for assistance.  If a personal contact visit is required, persons may only enter the office at the direction of an Assistant State’s Attorney or support staff.

We thank you in advance for your understanding as we try to make the courthouse safe for both visitors and employees.  We will let the public know when these restrictions are lifted or modified.