Tuesday, March 27, 2012

ComEd details electrical grid improvements for region Region-wide improvements launched in the Town of Cicero

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Ray Hanania
March 27, 2012                                           rhanania@thetownofcicero.com

ComEd details electrical grid improvements for region
Region-wide improvements launched in the Town of Cicero

Cicero – Officials of Commonwealth Edison and its parent company Exelon detailed a multi-million plan to upgrade their electrical grid beginning with improvement in the Town of Cicero at a Town Board meeting Tuesday.

Fidel Marquez, ComEd’s senior vice president of governmental and external affairs and chief governmental and community affairs officer, told board members that work has already begun on the improvements to help prevent future grid blackouts for Cicero’s 55,000 customers.

Marquez noted that the region-wide upgrade is starting in Cicero and will continue over the next decade, but will show results for local residents fairly soon.

"ComEd is performing work in the village here that will improve the reliability of the service … over the next 10 years, ComEd will invest $10.2 million to replace thousands of miles of underground cables further reducing power outages during storms,” Marquez said.

Town President Larry Dominick welcomed the improvements and Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias noted that the cost of the work will be paid by ComEd and will not involve increased fees or costs to taxpayers.

Marquez said that ComEd will be spending even more to digitize and upgrade the automated grid to digital standards to reduce outages for customers region wide by modernizing 10 existing sub-stations

“The first one is the upgrade of our ComEd station in Cicero. That started March 5 with our underground cable replacement program. It will take four years to replace 10 miles of underground cable with 3 miles that will be done in 2012,” Marquez said.

The improvements are a part of ComEd’s ongoing investment in its electric system and as a result of the Illinois Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act passed by the Illinois General Assembly. The utility company is partnering with the Town of Cicero to make the significant system enhancements to improve reliability and performance for Cicero residents.


ComEd Senior Vice President of Governmental and External Affairs and Chief Governmental and Community Affairs Officer Fidel Marquez details the ongoing upgrades for the electrical system beginning in the Town of Cicero and continuing throughout the region. Photo courtesy Town of Cicero and Gerardo Lopez.

 ComEd External Affairs Manager Fabiola Amezcua, Cicero Town President Larry Dominick and ComEd Project Manager Don Pellegrini viewing repair work plans. Photo courtesy Town of Cicero and Gerardo Lopez.


WLS TV Report: Cicero honors military veteran at Board Meeting

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A couple who met while serving their country was honored Tuesday by their friends and neighbors in Cicero.

With their sirens blazing, Cicero police and fire, along with bikers from the Warriors Watch, pulled up to the home of U.S Army Sergeants James and Yuying Masuca Tuesday morning to escort the couple to a Town Hall ceremony honoring their military service.

"They were pretty surprised," said Mike Havansek, Warriors Watch riders. "Yuying thought it was for her husband and then, actually, it was for both of them."

For Sergeants James and Yuying Masuca, it was not a traditional homecoming since they have been stateside for a while. They met in October 2010 in a waiting room at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC. Formerly an intelligence officer stationed in Germany, she was in for foot surgery. He was learning to walk again and halfway through a four-year recovery after being shot seven times in Iraq.

"In 2007, we had a high value detainee that was Saddam," said Ret. Sgt. James Masuca. "We were transporting him back and forth at that time. I was working at the detention center. I got hurt on one of the field missions."

"Serving the Army was a great thing," said Ret. Sgt. Yuying Masuca. "I enjoyed my time. It's about brotherhood, it's about sisterhood. It's about helping out each other, guarding each other's back."

Back in Cicero for six months now, the town's board held a brief presentation for both the Masucas during their weekly meeting.

"We honor all our returning military people and all the sacrifices they have gone through," said Larry Dominick, Cicero town president. "To me, this is the least we can do.'

Between them, the Masucas have served 26 years of military service, and though their injuries have sidelined them, both insist they will find a way to continue to serve into the future.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cicero teen located with mother of three children in Florida

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Town of Cicero News Bulletin
Tuesday March 20, 2012

Cicero Police have been actively working the case of the missing Cicero 17-year-old Destiny Gruba who was believed to have fled with Aurora mother of three boys Laureth M. “Laurie” May. Gruba was reported missing more than a month ago by relatives on February 16.

Destiny Gruba

Cicero police have been working with Aurora Police and had information that the two women and three young boys had fled to Florida.

This morning, Gruba and May were pulled over for a traffic stop by police in Port St. Lucie Florida. Florida police immediately identified Gruba from information provided by the Cicero Police and they were all taken into custody.

Cicero Police Chief Bernard Harrison said he believes all of the individuals, including the three boys, are in good health and they will be brought back to Cicero.

Shortly after leaving Aurora on Feb. 16, May made her way to Cicero with her three boys, where she met with a former student Destiny Gruba, a 17-year-old girl.  It was unknown what Gruba was wearing at the time she left her home. Gruba has a piercing above her right eyebrow and a tattoo on her right calf of dice and playing cards.  But photographs were distributed to police agencies around the country and in areas where police suspected they might have fled.

Gruba is a Female White with long brown curly hair, hazel eyes, medium build, 5'10' and weighing approximately 235. Gruba may be traveling in May's 2001 Volvo station wagon with Illinois license plate 9590986. A pink cancer ribbon may be affixed to the rear of the vehicle.