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Former Lyons Mayor, an Ex-Convict, used Village vehicles/personnel for birthday party –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On June 3, 2018


Village President of Lyons, Illinois, Christopher Getty, apparently helped his father, former Lyons Mayor and convicted felon / ex-convict Kenneth Getty, throw his 77th birthday party on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

In photographs submitted to us by a concerned citizen, it apparently shows village vehicles, equipment, and personnel used to block off parts of two lanes of the road running past the birthday party, and to assist party-goers in crossing the road. It was also reported to us that the Lyons Township bus was used to transport people to the private party.

We could not find any meeting minutes authorizing this use of public vehicles, equipment, or personnel.

It is our understanding that a Police electronic sign, Police vehicle(s), personnel, and a township bus were used for this birthday party. Cristopher Getty is also the Lyons Township Supervisor (read this).

We have filed FOIA requests seeking more information on the actual numbers and actual cost to the village, including any reimbursement made to the village.

We are almost certain that a birthday party for an ex-con does not serve a public purpose.

See photos below:


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  • Danni smith
    Posted at 08:39h, 04 June

    lyons long known for corruption, and the 17 year cicadas.

  • Joanne
    Posted at 18:08h, 04 June

    As usual, the politicians do as they please and nobody says a word.

  • Marie M
    Posted at 19:57h, 04 June

    And yet, just 4 years ago, this same man cut manpower of the Lyons PD to save money. Was it so he could throw this awesome party?

  • Earl
    Posted at 09:02h, 02 June

    Now Getty Jr. is being investigated by the Better Government Association and FOX 32 news for corruption and questionable things. Like Father like Son.