Chester City Hall is located at 1330 Swanwick Street, Chester, IL 62233; phone: 618-826-2326.
Originally known as Smith's Landing, Chester was founded by Samuel Smith. In the summer of 1829 he erected a dwelling, established a ferry and began construction of a mill. His wife was a native of Chester, England, and her name was Jane Thomas. She came to Illinois with the Swanwick family and bestowed the name of her home town on the new settlement. Smith kept a hotel and ferried passengers across the river on a flatboat. [wikipedia.org, accessed April, 2015]