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City of Lanark, Illinois

Established in 1861, Lanark is a beautiful, peaceful rural community located in Northwest Illinois, in Carroll County. We are 5 minutes south of Lake Carroll, 20 minutes east of the Mississippi River,  and 2 hours west of Chicago. The city is known for its stately trees, historic, picturesque business district and magnificent homes, both old and new.

Lanark is proud to be within the Eastland School District with its excellence in academics as well as its sports and other extracurricular activities. Eastland continues to produce State Championship victories in football, volleyball, basketball, track, band, wrestling, FFA, and more. Lanark is the home of the Eastland Junior-Senior High School.

There are plenty of recreation opportunities nearby with Lake Carroll, the Mississippi River, golf courses,  a nationally known summer stock playhouse theater, movie theater, camping, hunting, fishing, and much more. We thank you for visiting our website, and we hope you will stay!

Lanark News

New Medicare Fraud Scam-Beware!

A new "spin" on the scam scene is making itself known in the area, and it is targeting Medicare this time.

The Lanark Police Department received two reports within the last week from people who have received a phone call from a person representing themselves to be with either Social Security or Medicare. According to Chief Matt Magill, the scam usually starts with a series of questions from the caller which is designed to make the call seem legitimate. The scammer says the call is about doing a "Medicare Home Assessment", and may say it is because of COVID-19 that they are "doing this by telephone now".

After some of the questions, the scam caller will mention some information that is on the victim's Medicare Card, but not specifically ask any question. The caller will say "The bottom corner has a number on it that is your ID number", and then pauses. If the victim is not being careful, they will then read the number off, which is exactly what the scammer wants to hear.

Remember, NEVER give out personal information over the phone, EVER! Chief Magill reminds us that the IRS, Social Security, or other agencies will NEVER ask for such information over the phone. If you receive a call such as this, simply hang-up. Don't say anything, or try to out-smart the caller. Just hang-up, it is always your best move!

Local Area Faces New COVID-19 Restrictions

On Tuesday, the Governor and the Illinois Department of Public Health, announced that due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in our region, new mitigations will be implemented beginning this Saturday October 3rd.

The Office of The Governor provided a press release outlining the measures, which include ceasing indoor food and alcohol service in all restaurants and bars, earlier closing hours, social group event limit at 25 persons, and several other restrictions. These restrictions will remain in place until the Region sees a positivity rate drop below 6.5% for three consecutive days, and more stringent measures if the rate does not fall within 14days. Click here to read the release.

Important Reminder About Brush Pickup

Reminder! The City will no longer accept large piles of brush or tree trimmings. All brush must be able to fit into the large 55 gallon plastic trash cans, and not weigh more than 50 Lbs. Multiple cans ARE allowed. If you have brush that exceeds these limits, please contact the Maintenance Department for further instructions on how to dispose of the brush. 815-493-6832

DO NOT place any stumps, roots, landscape material, lumber, firewood, or other foreign objects in the cans. The City has a location for you to discard these items near the front gate of the Sewer Plant. Please notice the signs in that location to direct you where to place your items.

Important Notice on IRS Phone Scam!

Individuals impersonating Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees are making unsolicited threatening telephone calls to taxpayers. They use the threat of arrest to obtain money from victims by falsely representing that the victims owe back taxes or other fees.

Please be aware that it is HIGHLY UNUSUAL for the IRS to contact you by telephone! This is a growing scam that is costing innocent taxpayers many thousands of dollars, and we have had calls to several Lanark residents already. Please be wary of any such calls, and do not give any information at all over the phone. Your best course of action is to hang up immediately, and call the Lanark Police Department at 815-493-6931 to report the attempt.

CLICK HERE and read the scam notice from the Treasury Inspector General's Office

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