Welcome to the Village of Lakemoor

The Lake County Municipal League welcomes the Village of Lakemoor — the newest municipal member.

Lakemoor is a Village with two beginnings. First, from 1938 to 1943, as the Village of Lily Lake incorporated through the actions and votes of part-time residents and then dissolved by election. It was incorporated again, as the Village of Lakemoor, in 1952.

In the mid 1800’s, the earliest European settlers in the area were farmers attracted by good soils and innkeepers attending to hunters and fishermen coming to the Fox River, local lakes and woodlands. The first organized subdivision of property, immediately west of the Lake/McHenry County line along Route 120, was completed by Sampson & Sex in 1926. Lots were advertised as including lake and beach rights and were target marketed for summer homes and cottages. The earliest commercial buildings were associated with the services to the summer residents and visitors but by the early 1930’s some permanent residents had settled and year round businesses established.

Summer visitors outnumbered the permanent residents through the 1940’s it was part-time residents who pushed for and controlled the Village of Lily Lake incorporation in 1938 – but more and more people were converting summer homes or building year round residences. The maintenance of roads, clearing the Lily Lake Drain, refuse pick-up and other municipal services placed burdens that property owner associations and other dues paying organizations had a difficult time funding and accomplishing.

In 1951 a new petition for incorporation for an area generally described as east of Lily Lake Road, west of the county line, on both sides of Route 120 was filed with McHenry County. In a close election incorporation was approved and Lakemoor became a Village in June 1952.

The Village grew slowly. A few hundred people at incorporation in 1952 had only expanded to 723 at the 1980 census. By 1990 the suburbs had begun to reach into the area and the population reached 1165. The 2000 census figures more than double those of 1990 at 2788 and the Village is now set squarely in the path of suburban growth with an estimated 5900 residents today.

The Village President is currently Ryan “Todd” Weihofen.

More from The Village of Lakemoor website.


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