Sainte Marie is a small village (population 250) in Southeastern Illinois that has maintained its vibrancy and quaintness despite decades of seeing its offspring leave town for better jobs and more opportunities in more urban environments.  Over 175 years old, the village has maintained strong ties to the Catholic Church whose massive bulk still dominates the center of town.


From its founding in 1837 by French emigrants who sought to establish a new social order that would provide them the freedom to worship as they pleased and also thrive in the richness of the Midwestern prairie, Sainte Marie has met challenges with ingenuity and resourcefulness.  Today is no different.  Those French and German ancestors would be proud to see that Ste. Marie still is fighting the norm, still working to attract businesses and new residents to a town that by all rights should be in steep decline, like many rural towns across America.

Illinois Governor's Hometown Award Winner



Jack Thompson, President

Annette Kirts, Clerk

Jane Ochs, Treasurer

Matt Borgic, Trustee

Jane Geltz, Trustee

Christina Goss, Trustee

Aaron Ochs, Trustee

Bruce Ochs, Trustee

Roger Wheat, Trustee

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