Lyons, Illinois

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Lyons is a village in Cook County, Illinois. The population was 10,255 at the 2000 U.S. Census. Lyons is in Illinois' 3rd Congressional District.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Illinois city websites
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedules are posted online.[1]
    • Meeting agendas and minutes are posted.[2][3]
  • Elected officials are listed along with contact information, including an e-mail address, office address and personal phone number.[4]
  • Planning forms, applications and guidelines are posted online.[5]
  • Administrative officials are listed with phone numbers and positions.[6]

The bad

  • Zoning ordinances are linked on the site, but as of July 5, 2012, lead to a 404 error.
  • Administrative officials do not post their e-mails.
  • The current budget and ones for the past five years are not posted.
  • The current audit and ones for the past five years are not disclosed.
  • Bids, RFPs and approved contract statements are missing.
  • There is no mention of whether the village employes a lobbyist or if they are members of taxpayer funded lobbying associations, along with their membership dues.
  • Local tax rates are not disclosed.
  • Information on the Illinois Freedom of Information Act is not provided. Also, there is no contact information, including e-mail, for a public information officer.

Scandals

In 2002, the town's safety supervisor was found guilty of accepting payoffs.[7]

In 1998, village president Kenneth Getty was convicted of theft and money laundering. He was involved in a bid-rigging scheme for two public works projects, where he received $179,000 in kickbacks.[7]

In 1990, police officers Donald Kroft and William Tweeter pleaded guilty to having sex with prostitutes in return for overlooking crimes at a strip joint.[7]

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