Mayor Ken Viglietta, the City Council and the Lanark Chamber of Commerce
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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

Important Notice for City Services


The City of Lanark, in response to both the Federal and State emergency declarations and in following a set of best-practices for such an event, has made the following changes:

Effective immediately, the Lanark City Hall, the Lanark Public Library, the Heritage Center and the Police Department Offices are closed to the public. City Hall will be staffed during normal business hours, and will be available by phone. Water bills may be paid online on this website, or you may pay by phone with the City Hall staff. Maintenance Crew services will continue as normal, but without public access to the building.

The Police Department will respond to certain types of calls by telephone only. An officer will contact you and get the required information for a report and investigation as appropriate. Please understand this helps protect not only the officer, but you the caller and your household as well. As first responders, the officers are routinely exposed to potential illnesses and disease, and we feel limiting their contact at your residence is a logical safeguard for all involved, while still providing you with the services  you need. In any case of emergency, an officer will be coming to your aid immediately.

We ask for your cooperation and understanding during this unprecedented event, and look forward to resuming normal operations as soon as conditions and directives from health experts allows.


Leaf Pick-Up to Begin March 24th 2020

Leaf pick-up is being conducted by the Maintenance Crew every Tuesday of the month.

Remember to put the leaves in a continuous row and not placed in a big pile.

Only leaves are accepted. Do not place sticks, grass clippings, rocks, lumber, trash or any other foreign objects. These items can damage the collection equipment. If such waste is placed curbside, city crew will refuse collection until the matter is taken care of.

Do not park vehicles, trailers, semis, or any other piece of equipment/vehicle on or immediately next to the leaf pile.

Please do not cover the storm drains, and do not park vehicles on or immediately next to your leaf pile.

Watch this post for any changes regarding leaf pick up.

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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