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

Spring Leaf Pick-Up Guide

This information supersedes any previously published instructions prior to February 24, 2022.

NEWPlease help us by placing your leaves on the edge of the parkway/yard, rather than out in the street.

The Maintenance Department will begin its Spring 2022 leaf pick up every Tuesday of the month starting Tuesday, April 4th, 2022 through Tuesday, April 26, 2022. If for some reason we have a late winter, we will adjust our schedule. Please call or visit the City’s Website or Maintenance Facebook page for any changes. Any leaves placed at the curb before or after the dates listed above, will be the responsibility of the resident to discard. This includes any bullet point listed below that are not fixed prior to the dates listed above.

Please note:

  • Leaves must be placed in a continuous row at the parkway.

  • Only leaves are accepted. Please do not place grass clippings, yard waste sticks, rocks, trash, or any other foreign objects. These items can damage the collection equipment. If such waste is placed on the parkway, 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.

  • Leaves will not be picked up in alleys with the exception of Willow Alley, Huggins Ln. & Prairie Alley

  • Please do not cover storm sewer grate with leaves.

The city has a spot located by the sewer plant where yard waste may be disposed of. Contact the Maintenance office for instructions at 815-493-6832

Winter Parking Rules in Effect NOW!


Please be aware that this winter the City Police will be enforcing the Winter Parking Rules established by the City Council. The Street Department will plow the EVEN ADDRESS side of the street on EVEN CALENDAR DAYS and plow the ODD ADDRESS side of the street on ODD CALENDAR DAYS. Please have all vehicles, including trailers, campers, cars and trucks moved out of the way as required.


Please contact the Street Department, the Police Department or City hall if you are not sure what this rule means. VIOLATORS WILL BE TICKETED, OR TOWED AWAY!

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!

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