A progressive community located in Iroquois County, 90 miles south of Chicago, Watseka, Illinois provides big city convenience in a rural setting.

City Hall


Watseka’s New City Municipal Center was built in 2009. It now holds the police department offices and City Hall offices.  The Current Mayor is John Allhands.  All City Committee meetings and Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers. The water bills are paid at this location as well as getting any permits that are needed through code enforcement. City Hall is open Monday thru Friday from 7:30 to 4:30

Lakeview Park


Lakeview Park was built in 2007. I has a ¾ mile walking path around a 5.5 acre stocked fishing area. Lakeview also has a fishing pier. There is a pavilion that was donated by the local Kiwanis club that can be reserved at any time for parties by calling City Hall at 815-432-2711. Lakeview Park also has a skate park, playground equipment and a basketball court.

Ordinance NO. 2418

An Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2403, Authorizing the issuance of General Obligation Bonds is available as a DOWNLOAD PDF

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The National Weather Service still has our area under a Flood Warning Status. There has been a steady rise to the Iroquois River and Sugar Creek flood levels in the last 48 hours even though predicted levels have dropped a little.

The City of Watseka is still recommending to those citizens who reside in the flood prone areas to start making preparatory plans to protect your property, valuables, and vehicles at this time. It is also recommended that you pack an emergency bag with items needed in case you are out of your homes for a few days. At this point the City is advising these instructions to error on the side of caution and preparedness rather that certainty regarding flooding issues. City Officials will be meeting with ESDA officials today to discuss procedures in the event of a flood situation coming to reality. Details will be communicated as deemed necessary. 

Residents of Watseka, our City's Public Works Department has made arrangements for sand bagging efforts that may be needed. Three additional semi loads of sand have been ordered for these efforts. We do have a good supply of sandbags, but it is wise to see if there are additional sources of sandbags that you can obtain in case the City runs out. The sand bagging location will be moved at some point today from Public Works department to the vacant ice skating rink to the north of City Hall at Lakeview Park. Please follow the instructions from City employees as to where you can park and how to proceed with your filling of your sandbags. Please check the city website periodically to see when this change will happen or call City Hall. To start our this morning sandbagging will resume at 7:00 a.m. at the Watseka Public Works Department located at 230 W North St. 

Remember you can follow the river levels at and go to river hydrologic tab and look for Sugar Creek and Iroquois River.