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

Lanark was established in 1861. It 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! Leaf Pickup Starting October 16th

City-Wide Leaf Pickup to Begin October 16th

The Maintenance Department will begin community-leaf pick-up each Tuesday of the month, starting Tuesday, October 16, 2018 and will continue until the first measurable snowfall. Please be advised that other duties may arise that are priority or an emergency and may push pick-up to a different day. The city crew can move through an area very quickly, and once they pass your address they will not return until the following pick-up date. So Please have your leaves out the night before pick-up date.  This information supersedes any previously published instructions prior to the date listed above. Unacceptable items must be removed within five (5) days of being notified or a violation notice may be served.

Please note:

Leaves must be placed in a continuous row at the curb line.

Only Leaves are accepted. Please do not place any grass clippings, yard waste, sticks, rocks, or trash in the leaf pile, or any other foreign objects. These items can damage the collection equipment; If such waste is placed curbside, city crews will refuse collection.

Please do not park vehicles on or immediately next to the leaf pile.

Please do not cover storm sewer grate with leaves.

Maintenance will continue to collect brush year-round throughout the city.

Crews will collect brush every Monday as long as the weather is permitting. Please be advised that other duties may arise that are a priority and may push brush pick-up to a different day. Major storms may also affect the schedule, and notice of any special brush collection will be posted here on the city website.

Notice of Election-Petitions Available

It's election time for the City of Lanark.

Petitions for election of offices for independent candidates for the City of Lanark for the Consolidated Election to be held April 2, 2019, are available from the City Clerk and may be circulated starting September 18, 2018. Petitions may be obtained Monday-Thursday between 9 A.M. and 4 P.M. at the City Hall, 111A South Broad Street (815) 493-2431. Petitions must be filed with the City Clerk, Kim Hunter, between December 10-17, 2018.

The offices include: (3) City Aldermen (4 Year Term) and City Clerk (2 Year Term)

The terms of City Aldermen Lance Leverton, Mark Macomber, and Weston Burkholder, expire.

The term of City Clerk, Kim Hunter, Expires.


UTV/Golf Cart Ordinance is now in effect!

The Lanark City Council voted August 7th to pass an ordinance permitting the operation of certain "UTV's" (Utility Task Vehicle, also known as a "side by side") and Golf Carts on City streets, with some exceptions.

The full text of the new ordinance is available HERE.  Registration stickers are now 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. With the end of 2018 approaching, the newly issued registrations will be good through 2019, with renewals due in 2020 before the vehicle is used in that year.

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.

Online Bill Pay Added to Site

The online bill pay application has been added to the website.

Click above (or hover) on "City Hall & City Services" then select "Water Bill Online Payment". This is the same website bill pay service we have used before (Pay-GOV.US) so it will be familiar for those of you who have used it before. If you haven't used it yet, give it a try! It is a real time-saver, and many people have already found it to be very useful.


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