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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

Inoperable Vehicle Enforcement Notice

Notice to all owners of inoperable/unlicensed vehicles in the City of Lanark:

After a relaxation period due to COVID-19 restrictions and financial impacts, it has been determined that reinstating enforcement of many of our City Codes and Ordinances that have been set-aside is now required. Vehicles that are not currently registered (Expired Sticker) will be tagged, owners notified, and if the vehicle is not removed or the registration brought current, it will be towed at the owner's expense. There may also be an associated fine imposed upon the owner as well.

So, *please* get your vehicle registrations up to date and remove any vehicles that are inoperative from your property, or place them inside a garage. Simply moving them into your yard does not satisfy the requirements of the Ordinance. Any questions, please call the Police Department at 815.493.6931

Thank you!

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!

UTV/Golf Cart Ordinance is now in effect!

This is a reminder post about the UTV/Golf Cart Ordinance, now that nice weather is upon us again!

The full text of the ordinance is available HERE.  Registration stickers are available, and registrations are taking place. Please contact Matt at the Police Department number, 815-493-6931 to set up a time for the registration process. The process includes a brief inspection at the Police Department, and owners should ensure they have obtained insurance for the vehicle and possess an Illinois Insurance Identification Card that specifically states it is for the non-highway vehicle. Cards that only list automobiles will NOT be accepted.

Once the inspection is complete and all requirements are satisfied per the Code, a numbered registration sticker will be placed on the non-highway vehicle plus a sticker indicating the year it is valid for.

Please read and familiarize yourself with all of the requirements of the Code, paying close attention to where operation of the non-highway vehicles are and are not allowed. Violators of any portion of the Code are subject to be issued a citation, plus a fine, and in more serious cases, the non-highway vehicle will be impounded. Read the rules! If you have any questions, please contact Matt Magill at the Police Department; 815-493-6931.

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