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Large Item Pickup

Large item pick-up and drop- off services now available for Sangamon County residents

Monday, October 02, 2023

SANGAMON COUNTY, IL – Sangamon County has announced the start of the Large Item Pick-up Program, catering exclusively to residents living outside the City of Springfield Corporate Limits. Beginning today, October 2nd, the new program allows eligible residents to schedule pick-up or drop-off of large items not typically accommodated by regular waste management services. The Sangamon County Board unanimously approved the partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County at its September Board meeting.

County Board Member and Chairman of the Public Health Committee, James Schackmann, says, “The Large Item Pick-up Program meets County residents’ unique needs by providing a convenient disposal option of large unneeded items. In addition to assisting some of our more rural residents, the new program will contribute to overall County cleanliness.”

All eligible residents qualify for free scheduled residential curbside pick-up of up to six items per calendar year. Pick-ups can be divided into two transactions.

Eligible items include furniture, appliances, mattresses, and other bulky household objects. Restricted items include hazardous materials, tires, TVs, and other electronic goods. A complete list of eligible and restricted items can be found at SangamonIL.Gov/Habitat.

County Board Member Annette Fulgenzi said, “By offering this service, we are empowering residents to dispose of their large items properly, reducing illegal dumping, and maintaining the aesthetic appeal of our County.”

Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County provides Springfield residents with an identical large item pick-up program. The City of Springfield program is unchanged by the new partnership with the County; Springfield residents should continue to use the service as they have in the past.

“We are glad to see the Large Item Pick-up Program extending to the entire County,” said Colleen Stone, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County. “Our program has been very successful within the City of Springfield, and I believe all residents will benefit from this service.”

Upon scheduling a pick-up, residents will receive detailed instructions and guidelines for preparing their items for collection. The program prioritizes environmentally friendly disposal methods, including recycling, repurposing, or appropriate disposal at designated facilities, in alignment with Sangamon County’s commitment to sustainable waste management practices.

Residents must schedule pick-ups and drop-offs in advance by contacting Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County at 217-523-2710, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by scheduling service online at

Flu Clinic

Sangamon County Public Health will be offering the Flu Clinic at the Jerome Civic Center on October 17, 2023 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Please bring with you your insurance cards.

stainless faucet

Water Issue

Due to current weather, Lake Springfield is stagnant and very warm.  A perfect incubator for algae growth that causes taste and odor compounds.  They are not harmful, but can give a dirty taste to the water.  CWLP is  feeding powdered activated carbon to help with the taste, but it will not remove it completely.

Copies of the information will be posted and available at the Village office.

Keep Calm and Wear Your Mask

The following is from the Illinois Department of Public Health:

Work from Home if Possible

For the next three weeks, work with your employer to plan to work from home unless it is necessary for you to be in the workplace.  We ask employers to make accommodation for this.  Our goal is to reduce transmission as we head into the holidays so businesses and schools can remain open.

Participate in Essential Activities Only

For the next three weeks, stay home as much as possible, leaving only for necessary and essential activities, such as work that must be performed outside the home, COVID-19 testing, visiting the pharmacy, and buying groceries.

Limit Travel and Gatherings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health experts tell us that gatherings and travel in and out of communities present a high risk of spreading the infection. In our current situation, with a rising prevalence of the virus, attending even small gatherings that mix households, or traveling to areas that are experiencing high rates of positivity, is not advised and is potentially dangerous.  Please, travel only if necessary.

*All data are provisional and will change. In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time. Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email

DEA Drug Take Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Administration is once again sponsoring a nationwide drug take back day. Locally there will be a take back location at the Prevention First building and at the Sangamon County Department of Public Health building. Both will be open from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm October 24th.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Saturday, November 7
8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

MUST have a voucher in-hand or show on a mobile device in order to drop off items.
Register for a free voucher today at www.Springfield.IL.US/HHW.

• Voucher registration will end at 12-noon on Friday, November 6,
or when all the time slots have been occupied, whichever occurs first.
• Questions about the drop-off event or issues filling out the form?
Call Springfield’s Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255.


  • This event is not open to businesses, institutions, or not-for-profit organizations.
  • Vouchers are limited to one per household, per delivery.
  • Vouchers are valid for the time slot listed only.
  • No latex/acrylic paint will be accepted. For a full list of acceptable and unacceptable items, please visit

COVID-19 Guidelines

  • Participants are required to wear a face-mask as soon as they enter the fairgrounds until they leave.
  • Participants must stay in their vehicles at all times as soon as they enter the fairgrounds until they leave.
  • At the collection point, designated staff will unload the items being dropped off from the participant’s vehicle.
  • Please place the items in the vehicle’s trunk or truck bed for easier access and removal.
  • We cannot ensure that containers will be returned. Please make sure items are delivered in disposable containers

Village Fire Permits

To obtain a fire pit permit please complete the fire permit application and place it in the deposit slot to the right of the Village Office front door or mail it to the Village of Jerome 2901 Leonard St., Springfield, IL 62704.  Public Health Trustee Leigh Irons will then contact you by phone to complete the application process. There is no fee for this permit.

Be Weather Aware

March is traditionally the beginning of the severe storm season in Illinois. This weekend is shaping up to have a strong potential for strong and severe storms throughout the state. Be sure to make sure that you have multiple ways to receive weather warnings from the National Weather Service. Remember that the sirens are intended to alert people who are outside and may not be audible during a storm indoors. Additional information about being prepared can be found at

The latest forecast and advisories for the area can always be found at

Message from Village President Lopez

Good Afternoon all. In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, the Village of Jerome, as well as other governmental bodies, are undertaking measures to ensure public health and safety! We ask our residents to follow best practices.

Please stay at home if it all possible and practice social distancing when out in public. As the Village President of Jerome, I will exercise everything in my power under consultation with the Village Board of Trustees to keep our 1600 residents safe.

Governor JB Pritzker’s Executive Order

Governor Pritzker has announced new rules beginning Saturday evening for people to shelter in place. Please see the full order by following the link to the right.

Read Here

Our village is called home by individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Many of our residents are elderly and are at high risk. Please check on your neighbors’ well-being. This village is built on being strong and caring.

I simply ask for you to follow the CDC Guidelines:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds!
  • Stay home if sick!
  • Work from home if available!

I ask all to stay educated!

I ask all to stay calm!

I ask all not to hoard food and other consumer goods!

Most importantly, take care of one another!

Michael Lopez

Village President