Sunday, July 31, 2011

Beware of scams -- Police Bulletin

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4901 W. Cermak Rd – Cicero, Illinois 60804
(708) 652-2130
                               Community Bulletin
In the past few weeks our department has been documenting various scams throughout the town targeting home owners, in particular senior citizens. The descriptions of the offender(s) and vehicle(s) are varied but the purpose of the scams remains the same. The purpose of these scams is to distracting the home owner by deception, to gain entry into the home to ransack it for currency or jewelry. The recent scams are employees of water proofing service, flood control or a utility employee needing to gain entry into your home for service. This bulletin is to make our residents aware of this ongoing problem and to help us combat this crime. Remember that every division and member of this department is committed to assisting anyone with questions, concerns or information. We thank you in advance for your assistance.

Our department recommends the following precautions and suggestions:

·         Always request an identification of any individual(s) offering their services.
·         Remember that uniforms can be duplicated or stolen to play the role.
·         Ask the individual if they are registered with the Town of Cicero.
·         Be aware of how many individuals are present & if they are driving a vehicle.
·         Always act as if someone else is home with you.
·         Never confront an individual(s) yourself.
·         Immediately dial 911 if you need police assistance. If you can not call police with information, dial 911 from your phone and leave it off the hook.
·         Be a good witness or investigator yourself to pass along the information to police. (Subject(s) or Vehicle Description)
·         Always remember that these individuals work in teams.
·         Under no circumstance should you allow anyone you do not know into your home.
·         Do not give any individual cash or admit to having cash in the home.
·         If the service seems to good to be true, it probably is. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Town of Cicero protests Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Sunday July 31

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Officials, employees, and residents of the Town of Cicero, and neighboring communities, are planning to march in protest of the METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT (“MWRD”).

The march will be held on Sunday, July 31st, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon).

The meeting point will be at Lincoln School Parking Lot,

3501 South 61st Avenue. We intend to leave the Parking Lot and begin our march toward the Water Reclamation Plant at 12:00 p.m. (Noon).

The March route will be along 35th Street to Austin Blvd, south along Austin Blvd. to the MWRD PLANT. We will then return along the same route back to the Parking Lot. The march will be exclusive to sidewalk travel only. There will not be any vehicles available for travel.

If you are disappointed with the MWRD and their handling of storm-water, and sewer water management, then please join in this march. Millions of Cicero Tax Dollars are paid each year to the MWRD to manage our storm water, however, our Town continues to flood. This peaceful march is to demonstrate our frustration and to let the MWRD know that the flooding has to stop.

Please bring your own homemade signs to carry your “family friendly” message. We need to come together as a Community and let the MWRD know that we want action taken to protect our homes and families. We pay for their services through our property taxes, and we demand better service.

If you have any questions about the march, please call Cicero Town Hall, 708-656-3600, ext. 224.

The Town of Cicero

Monday, July 25, 2011

Letter from Town President Larry Dominick in the Chicago Sun-Times responding to their biased news coverage

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Letter from Cicero Town President Larry Dominick in the Chicago Sun-Times today responding to the newspaper's one-sided and imbalanced coverage of the community.

Dear Editor:

As president of the Town of Cicero, I answer to the citizens and taxpayers of the town.

To that end, I am proud of my accomplishments and record. Since the Sun-Times has taken up so much space to write about me, I thought there might be a little space to cover positive stories from Cicero.

Cicero continues to offer the widest range of health-care services, most for free or for minimal costs, to our residents.

Every week, the Town of Cicero features entertainment and out­door activities for all of our families.

Our seniors program is one of the most comprehensive in the Chicagoland region, and the town is proud of its expanding program to employ the disabled.

As the children ready to return to school, the town provides many school supplies and clothing.

We supplied hats, gloves and holiday gifts to the children so they wouldn’t be without basic necessities.

In many cases, the donations are the only new pieces of clothes many children will receive this year.

We provided turkeys for Thanks­giving and Christmas to families in need and gave the children gifts so that they might enjoy the holidays.

I could go on and on about the programs we offer that the Sun-Times chooses not to cover, but my point is clear.

While I understand that sensationalized news sells more papers than stories about the good being done in a community, I do think balance is required.

I believe in open government and the right of the people to be informed about their elected officials, and we never once denied your reporter any information that was requested.

However, your responsibility should include informing your readers about all information, not just that which you think is more likely to sell papers.

Larry Dominick,


Town of Cicero
(Published Monday July 25, 2011)

Click here to read the letter in the Chicago Sun-Times

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Governor of Zacatecas Mexico to be honored at festival in Cicero Sunday July 24

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Governor of Zacatecas Mexico to be honored at festival in Cicero Sunday July 24

Miguel Alonso, the governor of the Mexican State of Zacatecas will welcome guests Sunday at the La Feria Zacatecana Festival Sunday July 24 at Community Park, 34th and Laramie. The festival will feature food, carnival rides, clowns, live music and arts and crafts. The event is free to the public and runs from 12 noon until 9 pm. Gov. Alonso is expected to be at the festival between 12 and 3 pm.

Many of Cicero's residents originate from the State of Zacatecas in Mexico and we are very proud to be hosting him here. Joining him will be Bernabe Cabral, president of the Zacatecano Federation. If you are free, please join in welcoming them Sunday.

Cooling Center PSA for Town of Cicero, and WLS News Report

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Town of Cicero Assessor Emo Cundari taped a PSA to broadcast on Comcast Ch 6 TV to help get the word out to residents about the cooling centers. You can view it here.

Cicero Heat Advisory from Steven K on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cicero hosts health fair for community

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The Town of Cicero hosted its annual Health Fair July 14 attracting hundreds of attendees. The health fare offered a wide range of services and guidance and tips on staying healthy. Here are an assortment of photographs from the health fare, held at the Town of Cicero Community Center.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cicero residents enjoy "Activities in the Park" Wed & Sun thru the summer

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Town President Larry Dominick and the board of trustees are proud to offer residents, families and children an opportunity to enjoy the summer with a wide range of activities this summer at Community Park at 34th and Laramie Avenue. "Activities in the Park" is free to the public and features a variety of entertainment, inflatables for the children, clowns and pets.

The events are open Wednesday and Sunday through the summer from 6 to 9 pm on Wednesday and 5 to 9 pm on Sunday.

Here are some photos from Activities in the Park:

Town opens Police and PSO building as overnight cooling centers

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Message from President Larry Dominick:

With temperatures rising to unbearable levels, the Town of Cicero is making the Police Headquarters at 4901 W. Cermak Road and the Public Safety Office building at 5410 W. 34th Street available as Cooling Centers.

... if you have a heat related emergency, call 911 ... if you need help to get to a cooling center, call 708-652-2130 ...

All government offices during the day, such as the Town Hall and the Community Center are available during the day as cooling centers. The Police Headquarters and PSO building will remain open throughout the night until this heatwave dissipates

Remember, check on your neighbors especially if they are elderly or disabled and do your part to help ... thank you


Video: Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias and Trustee Larry Banks sworn in to office

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Maria Punzo-Arias was sworn in as the first Mexican American Clerk of the Town of Cicero and Larry Banks was sworn in to fill her vacancy as trustee at the July 12, 2011 Town of Cicero Board meeting. The meeting featured a powerful speech by State Sen. Martin Sandoval. This was a meeting that the biased Chicago Sun-Times refused to cover in their slander campaign against the Town of Cicero.

But despite the failure of the Sun-Times and other major media to cover the positive stories of the Town of Cicero, we bring you the video here to enjoy and celebrate.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Statement from President Dominick on jury decision on Rojas firing case

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A jury threw out the false claim that Merced Rojas, a town employee, was fired and discriminated against by Town President Larry Dominick because he was Mexican. We consider that a vindication against an ugly and false charge.

But the jury ruled, wrongly, that Rojas, who stole money from the taxpayers of Cicero, was fired for "political" reasons. We are going to appeal that decision.

Mr. Rojas was found to have stolen time and money from the taxpayers and he was fired for that. "I was elected to defend the rights of the taxpayers and I will not back down. I will not be discouraged by this jury ruling," President Dominick said.

Dana Kurtz, the attorney for Mr. Rojas, turned the trial into a circus putting all politics and all politicians on trial in an atmosphere poisoned by biased media reporting. During the trial, US District Chief Judge James Holderman repeatedly described the tactics used by Ms. Kurtz as "sleazy."


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Chicago Sun-Times publishes outrageous story attacking Town of Cicero

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The Chicago Sun-Times published an outrageous story alleging that a former employee fired for failing to do his work has accused Town President Larry Dominick of using ugly racial epithets about Mexican Americans in firing the employee, who is married to the publisher of the El Dia "Newspaper." The lawsuit is a vicious politically motivated attack by the El Dia Newspapers owners who have milked the Town of Cicero for millions in contracts over the years.

But the hypocrisy is most obnoxious from the Chicago Sun-Times which has NEVER covered any of the dozens of Hispanic American celebrations hosted by Dominick and the Town of Cicero, including the most recent Mexican American Cinco De Mayo festival.

Where was the Chicago Sun-Times to cover the positive news of the Town of Cicero and especially the Hispanic community. Yet, the newspaper doesn't mind republishing some of the most pernicious slanders against Hispanics, made in the lawsuit.

Merced Rojas, the husband of Ana Maria Montes d'Oca, who founded the El Dia scandal sheet, is the plaintiff in the harassment suit filed in the Federal Courts. President Dominick's lawyers are confident they will win the lawsuit and prove that the Rojas claims are slanders and exaggerations motivated by politics.

"As a journalist for more than 30 years, I have never seen a newspaper actually publish the offending epithets against any race except to make the person accused of the false charges look bad. The Chicago Sun-Times has it out for the Town of Cicero and they are happy to exploit slanders against the Hispanic community to make their case," said Town Spokesman Ray Hanania.

"We have dozens of great festivals honoring Mexican American and the Chicago Sun-Times has NEVER been to one of those events. In other words, they don't mind slandering a community but they have no interest in covering the important, positive events that showcase the achievements of Hispanics."

Rojas, Hanania said, was fired for failing to do his job as an employee long after Dominick was elected Town President.

"It was not politically motivated," Hanania said. "It was justified. President Dominick discovered him not doing his job that he is being paid for by the taxpayers and fired him for just cause."

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