Sheriff’s Office


On Friday, March 20th, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10, which can be viewed here, requiring all Illinoisans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.  You can view answers to frequently asked questions about the order here


Citizens and visitors of Hancock County,

To limit the opportunity of COVID-19 being introduced into our county jail, we will be suspending all in-house visitations effective March 17, 2020 until further notice.  This suspension is for precautionary purposes only as there are no known cases of COVID-19 among our staff or any offenders in our custody.  These security measures are recommended by the Illinois Department of Corrections.  Please do not call the county jail for updated information.

For the safety and security of our staff we would also like the public to limit their interaction in the lobby of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.  The health safety of our staff is paramount during this time.

If you have an emergency, call 911.  If you need assistance on other non-emergency issues, please call 217-357-2115.

Thank you for being patient and understanding during this time.


Sheriff Scott Bentzinger