Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Suspect sought in T-Mobile store armed robberies - $5,000 reward offered by T-Mobile

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         Contact: Ray Hanania
Feb. 29, 2012                                                                                 708-656-3600 ext 855
                                                                                                            312-933-9855 cell
 Cicero Police seek information on suspect believed responsible for
Multiple armed robberies of T-Mobile outlets

CICERO, IL/Feb. 29 --  Cicero Police are searching for a suspect who is believed to be behind three armed robberies in recent weeks of T-Mobile retail store outlets, including one this past Wednesday in the Town of Cicero.

T-Mobile is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the African American suspect. Video surveillance has captured his face and Cicero police are asking that if anyone knows the individual to contact them immediately at 708-652-2130.

The most recent robbery occurred on Feb. 27 at  3036 S. Cicero Avenue in the Town of Cicero. Two prior robberies took place on Dec. 19 and Jan. 23. The suspect is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall, about 210-220 pounds. He wears a “hoodie,” dressed usually in dark blue jeans, black jacket and black shoes. The backpack he wears is black and has a graphic design on it.

The suspect is believed to be working with an accomplice. He has forced employees to open their safe at gun-point and then puts the money in the backpack before fleeing the stores.

Cicero Police Chief Bernard Harrison said that he is asking the public to see if they can identify the suspect and call the police immediately.

“He is armed and dangerous,” Harrison said. “This is the third time he has robbed this retail franchise and we believe he will continue to do this. So far, no one has been hurt and we hope it stays that way.”

Harrison said that anyone recognizing the suspect should not confront the suspect but instead contact police immediately.

T-Mobile has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest and conviction.


Monday, February 27, 2012

Cicero Youth Task Force recognizes supporters

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The Cicero Youth Task Force which brings together local agencies and organizations to work towards the betterment of Cicero Youth, hosted a breakfast Thursday Feb. 23 to recognize its many volunteers.

The organization includes more than 50 local groups including the Mental Health Center of Cicero, Corazon Community Services, Youth Crossroads, Youth Outreach Services and several Town of Cicero officials.

The CYTF coordinator is Jennifer Froemel who works with the Family Services and Mental Health Center of Cicero.

(Photos courtesy of Gerardo Lopez.)

Pictured, from left, Deputy Cicero Police Gangs Crimes Jerry Chlada, Community Liaison Frank Aguilar,  Jennifer Froemel, Cicero Trustee Victor Garcia, Cook County Commissioner Jeffrey Tobolski.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cicero celebrates Developmental-Disability Awareness Month Wed March 7

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President Larry Dominick and The President's Office for People with Disabilities cordially invite the public to join us for the Developmental-Disability Awareness Month Kickoff

What: Celebrating Developmental-Disability Month
When: Wednesday March 7th 2012, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Cicero Community Center, 2250 S. 49th Ave

Cicero has a special program to hire individuals with disabilities to specific jobs in the Town. Cicero has more than a dozen employees who are disabled.

Developmentally Disability Awareness Month is a National celebrated  event to recognize efforts to help people that are disabled to shine and to help the public become more educated about the challenges facing disabled people.

The event is intended to showcase the importance of the Town of Cicero’s Disability Hiring Program. The event will Feature music, dance and speakers. This event will show the disabled community all the organizations that provide help when  needed. Lunch is included.

Please RSVP by February 25th 2012

Contact:  Kathy Ordman – (708)656-3600 Ext. 537

The media is invited to cover the event.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Town moves forward with LED Street Lights to improve safety

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Town moves forward with LED Street Lights to improve safety

The Town of Cicero received a Federal Grant to begin a program to replace the lamps in public street lighting using new LED technology.

LED lights are white, and are brighter compared to the amber (or high pressure sodium) lights used by the Town of Cicero and most other Chicagoland communities.

Town President Larry Dominick said the new LED lights will not only increase visibility and safety but also reduce costs by as much as 25 percent. The LED lights also reduce coal burning pollution because the LED lamps require lower energy to illuminate streets and with longer life expectancy, the LED lamps will require less maintenance.

“When we can both save taxpayer money and also improve safety in our community, that’s good for everyone, including our senior citizens,” Dominick said.

Dominick said eventually the LED lightings will replace all of the existing street lamps but he said the grant will permit the program to convert lights in Hawthorne, Drexel and four blocks on 60th Court and 61st Avenue near Roosevelt Road for a total of 120 of the Town of Cicero’s neighborhood blocks.

More conversions will be approved once the Town can secure more funding.

The difference in the lighting is obvious when you see the new LED lit streets compared to the old ones:

New LED Lights installed

Old Street Lights with an Amber, darker glow


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Cicero Town Attorney & colleague honored with legal industry’s top honors

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Cicero Town Attorney & colleague honored with legal industry’s top honors

Berwyn/Il – Super Lawyers Magazine, one of the legal industry’s leading publications, recognized two members of the Del Galdo Law Group for their annual "Super Lawyers" honor which recognizes the State's top attorneys in their field.

The magazine named Del Galdo Law Group LLC principal Michael Del Galdo and James M. Vasselli as recipients of the  2012 “Rising Stars” distinction.

This is the third year in a row Michael Del Galdo has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the legal profession.

It is rare to have two members of the same law firm to be honored.

“I am very proud to again receive this recognition,” said Del Galdo who was also recognized by Super Lawyers in 2010 and 2011.

“My main priority is to provide the highest quality of professional legal services for my clients and to contribute in a positive way towards the betterment of the cities in which I work.”

Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in any state receive this honor.  Super Lawyers Magazine, a Thomson Reuters business, selects lawyers for this distinction using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

Del Galdo praised Jim Vasselli noting that the recognition by Super Lawyer Magazine reflects the high esteem that members of Illinois’ legal profession have for the award recipients.

"Mr. Vasselli's work at our firm and for our clients has always been internally recognized as of the highest caliber and I am proud that the legal community has also recognized this fact,” Del Galdo said.

Del Galdo is the founding attorney and managing member of Del Galdo Law Group, LLC and James Vasselli Chairs the Real Estate and Public Finance Practice Groups at the Firm.  Del Galdo Law Group, LLC is comprised of 16 attorneys concentrating in the governmental and public sector practice areas, including Municipal Law; School Law; Zoning & Land Use; Real Estate; Economic Development; Litigation; Transactional; and, Government Affairs.  The Firm's clients include some of the largest school districts and municipalities in Chicagoland.

A graduate of DePaul University College of Law, Del Galdo is also a frequent lecturer on municipal government.

Vasselli is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law and holds an MBA from The Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Cicero members of Naperville Church volunteer to help clean Town Streets

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About 150 volunteers from the World Mission Society Church of God in Naperville came to Cicero to help clean up litter and debris on the Streets of Cicero on Jan. 29 as a part of a worldwide coordinated cleanup day. The church selected Cicero because many of its members are from the Cicero community. The area cleaned was located between Cicero Avenue and 46th Street and 16th Street and Cermak Road. The church website is

President Larry Dominick said, "We are very grateful to the volunteers from the World Mission Society Church of God who came here from Naperville to help in this cleanup campaign. I know many of their members are from Cicero and I'm proud of the global activism to help clean up our world and our community."

The event was coordinated by Special Events employee Cynthia Salvino.