Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ribbon Cut on improved Roosevelt Road

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Ribbon Cut on improved Roosevelt Road

Cicero Town President Larry Dominick joined dozens of local, county and state officials Thursday August 23 to cut the ribbon on the completion of major enhancements for 1.25 miles of Roosevelt Road.

The construction improvements between Austin Blvd and Harlem Avenue are a part of the state’s $100 million road improvement program for local communities.
Dominick, who was joined by Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero and Oak Park President David Pope, said the road improvements will help streamline traffic flow and enhance the physical appearance of the major roadway in the three communities.


Gov. Pat Quinn, Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero, State Sen. Martin Sandoval
and Town President Larry Dominick. Photo courtesy Gerardo Lopez


“This is an important project that we have been working on for the past two years and we appreciate the support that we have received from the state and the county,” Dominick said.

Gov. Pat Quinn and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle were on hand to tout the project. Other dignitaries included Congressman Danny Davis, Cook County Commissioner Peter Sylvestri, State Senator Martin Sandoval, DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin, and State Rep. Lisa Hernandez. Also attending the event were Melrose Park Mayor Ron Serpico, Will County Executive Larry Walsh, and Cicero Town officials including Cicero Town officials including Supervisor Joe Virruso, Assessor Emo Cundari, Collector Fran Reitz, Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias, and trustees Dennis Raleigh, Lorraine Walsh, Victor Garcia and Larry Banks.

Dominick later noted that the improvements  were the result of a “Great cooperative effort” among the leaders of the three west suburban communities and the county and the state.

Improvements include: New street lights, benches, planters, and trees to beautify the corridor, increase safety and add a welcoming feeling to visitors; First implementation of the “In Roadway Light Crosswalk” in Illinois on a State Road, which will enhance pedestrian safety at traffic crossings. One was located at the intersection of Lombard and Roosevelt Road.

Dominick said the project was recognized nationally with an Excellence in Economic Development  award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the world's largest network of economic development professionals.

The project was also recognized for “New Form Based Zoning code” created and adopted by all 3 communities receiving the “Roosevelt Road Multi-Jurisdictional Economic Development Plan and Form Based Code” award.

Quinn told the gathering of predominantly Cicero and Berwyn residents and regional officials that the $100 million capital investment addressing local transportation needs “will put people to work throughout Illinois.”

The funding is part of the Quinn’s six-year, $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! capital program to fund the repair of municipal, township and county infrastructure and improve public safety. Called “Illinois Jobs Now!” the program has created or supported more than 140,000 new jobs since 2009.

“At a time when many states are cutting back on critical transportation and infrastructure projects, Illinois is moving forward,” Governor Quinn said. “This latest capital investment will provide local communities with the resources they need to move forward on immediate projects, while also paving the way for future improvements to create jobs and support economic growth.”

Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider said the $100 million annual investments to fund municipal, township and county projects statewide is the third installment of capital funds for local transportation project needs.

“We are proud to partner with local communities to improve the quality of life for residents, stimulate the economy, and help advance immediate road and bridge projects where needed the most,” Schneider said.

Cicero created a Roosevelt Road Advisory Committee to help oversee implementation and design. Committee members included: Luis Guido, Mary Neal, Barbara Harris,. Lucy Schmidt and Dominick Gatto. Staff members and consultants assisting the committee included: Rosa Raygoza, James Wood, Sam Jelic, Craig Pesek and Tim Geary.









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Thursday, August 16, 2012

SEGUIN CONDUCTS RAFFLE TO BENEFIT CONSTRUCTION OF NEW GROUP HOME Exceptional 1990 Red Mazda Miata Convertible is Grand Prize

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Date:               August 15, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:         Kelley Currier
708.222.5143
kcurrier@seguin.org


SEGUIN CONDUCTS RAFFLE
TO BENEFIT CONSTRUCTION OF NEW GROUP HOME
Exceptional 1990 Red Mazda Miata Convertible is Grand Prize


Seguin Services “Home is Where the Heart” Raffle  will benefit the construction of a new group home – the Nakroshis House – located at 708 E. Berkshire Avenue in Lombard.  This house will be a state-of-the-art residence to six individuals, many of whom have physical as well as other disabilities.  Because of their major gift to Seguin, the home will be named for Tony & Estelle Nakroshis of Homer Glen, proud parents of T.J. Nakroshis who has been served by Seguin for over 25 years.

The “Home Is Where the Heart Is” Raffle prizes include a beautiful 1990 Mazda Miata red convertible, a men’s Rolex watch, and $1,000 cash. Recently Seguin’s good friends Tom and Taylor Gleitsman donated their beautiful red 1990 Mazda Miata convertible to benefit the Seguin cause. The car has low mileage and is in showroom condition. It sports soft top as well as a hard top for convertible lovers living in colder climates like Chicago. 

Tickets are only $20 each or 6 tickets for $100.  Tickets can be purchased online by calling 708-222-5143, or online at https://seguinorg.presencehost.net/news_resources/miata_raffle.html.  The winning tickets will be drawn at Seguin’s Carr Center on September 26, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Seguin Services is a major nonprofit charity providing residential and employment services as well as life skills training, enrichment and case management services across the greater Chicagoland area.  The mission of Seguin is to integrate, enrich and empower people with disabilities and other special needs, so they can be productive, valued members of society.  This new home will enable Seguin to expand its mission to deserving individuals seeking high-quality services and supports in a beautiful residential setting.  Over 20,000 individuals with developmental disabilities throughout the State of Illinois are waiting to receive services.  Please help us to begin to meet this enormous need today!

For more information, please call Kelley Currier at 708.222.5143 or visit www.seguin.org.

Seguin Services is a charitable not-for-profit agency serving metropolitan Chicago, always striving to integrate, enrich, and empower people with disabilities.  Seguin lives its mission of “supporting adults and children with disabilities and other special needs, enabling them to be productive, valued members of society.”  Seguin creates job opportunities and housing options that lead to greater independence, so that men and women with developmental disabilities can live, work, and socialize as their neighbors do.  In addition, Seguin provides safe and loving homes for children who have disabilities and serious medical or emotional conditions. 


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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Suspect arrested in Jewelry Store Heist, 2nd identified 3 more sought

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Suspect arrested in Armed Robbery, 2nd Sought
(Video of suspects online below plus mug shots of those in custody and sought)


In custody: Elijah ROBINSON, MALE, DOB 04/01/94, of 730 N Lomng in Chicago. 
Charged with Armed Robbery (class X) and Aggravated Unlawful Restraint. 

Wanted on warrant: Jamar Iszerk LEE, MALE, DOB 09/03/94 of 634 N Laramie, Chicago. 
Wanted for questioning involving Armed Robbery. (Wanted by Chicago PD for additional Armed Robberies).

We received hundreds of tips from viewers of the Youtube.com video of the robbery and from TV broadcasts.

Cicero Police Chief Bernard Harrison said that his investigators feel confident they will also apprehend all of the suspects involved in the armed robbery.

Photos courtesy of the Cicero Police Department:

Lee

Robinson (in custody)

If you have ANY information on these or the other suspects, call the Cicero Police Department at 708-652-2130.



Cicero Police seek suspects in brutal armed robbery
CALL 708-652-2130 with information

The Cicero Police are seeking the help of the public in identifying four suspects who brutally beat a jewelry store clerk on Monday afternoon at the Roosevelt Gold Exchange at 1203 S. Cicero Ave. The robbery took place at around 1:30 pm.

Four suspects and apparently a fifth lookout pulled up to the store in two vehicles. While two of the suspects spoke through the protective glass window of the jewelry exchange, a third used a crowbar to break into the store.

They tied the clerk up using a phone line and put a bag over his head before they began beating him. The suspects got away with more than $40,000 in jewelry. Ironically, they left an authentic autographed rookie football card for Mike Ditka.

Cicero police said the suspects face armed robbery and aggravated battery charges and are urging anyone who can identify any of the suspects to contact the Cicero Police and Detective Joe Melone at 708-652-2130 with any information.

The robbery and assault were captured on video. The faces of the suspects are easily seen in the store videos.

We edited video segments to show sequence of robbery. Best view of suspects at 3 minutes into the video.

Scenes:

Suspects arrive in cars behind store
Suspects enter through front of store
Suspects inside lobby at window
Victim behind counter, startled when suspects break in
Victim beaten, bound and hooded by suspects
Suspects leave through front door
Suspects enter their vehicles and flee

Here is a link to an edited version of the video:

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Cicero breaks ground on new METRA Station

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Cicero breaks ground on new METRA Station

Cicero News Wire – Town President Larry Dominick joined Metra Acting Chairman Larry Huggins and officials from IDOT and the state to break ground on a new $4.5 million improvement for the town’s trains station at 25th and 49th Avenue.

Dominick said the project was a priority he sought after his election in 2005 and last year received a commitment from the state and Gov. Pat Quinn that the improvements would be necessary.

“It’s not just an issue of convenience and improved accommodations for commuters,” Dominick said at the groundbreaking ceremony. “It’s also a matter of safety. The new Metra train station will be better lighted, safer and more accommodating to passengers and residents.”

Dominick said he hopes that improvement will be followed next year with plans to build new condominiums and apartments on vacant nearby land that has been unimproved for years.



“I am very grateful to the state and to Metra for their commitment to improve this train stop. Our residents deserve it,” said Dominick who was also joined by Illinois Senator Martin Sandoval, Metra Executive Director and CEO Alex Clifford, State Rep. Lisa Hernandez, State Rep. Nominee Silvana Tabares, RTA Chairman John Gates, RTA Exec Dir. Joe Costello and IDOT Chief of Staff Marva Boyd.

The project is funded by Metra's share of money from the state bond program, calls for: Two new seven-car platforms with tactile warning strips; A new warming house on the outbound side; A headhouse and ramp enclosure with a heated waiting area on the inbound side, and a reconstructed ramp to comply with ADA requirements; High-intensity overhead lighting; Utility improvements; Landscaping; and a new parking lot.
The Metra station at 26th and Cicero was last rebuilt in the 1970s. The trains run on the BNSF railroad lines.
Sandoval said he pushed Metra with Dominick’s backing to improve the station which is located in a region with the highest concentration of Hispanics.
“This is a tribute to Larry Dominick and this administration which has made it a priority to service Cicero’s residents,” Sandoval said.
Huggins said the project will also incorporate benefits under the Americans  with Disabilities Act (ADA) for easier access for disabled commuters.
“When this work is completed, this station will have rebuilt seven car platforms. A new warming house on the outbound side and new heated waiting area on the inbound side. It will have rebuilt tunnels and ramps that comply by ADA requirements. It will have high intensity lighting, new landscaping and a new paved parking lot,” Huggins said.
“It will be a safe and modern new station for our riders and area residents.”
Dominick said the new improvements will help build up the vacant land nearby.
“I am very fortunate to have a great Town Board that supports me and projects like this,’ Dominick said acknowledging town officials including Supervisor Joe Virruso, Collector Fran Reitz, Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias, Assessor Emo Cundari and trustees Dennis Raleigh, Lorraine Walsh, Victor Garcia and Larry Banks.
“We started this project in 2005. We finally got the funding secured. It is a long time coming. This will help us to build up this area. I am hoping to sell all of that vacant land and build condos and store fronts and businesses. Someday this section right here will be one of the most beautiful parts of town. People here can jump on the train here safely and efficiently and for a few dollars go downtown and back,” Dominick said.
Dominick said he hopes to see the improvements completed by the summer of 2013.
“Look at this station. Look around you right now. Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind that this station needs to be replaced. There is no doubt,” said Clifford, who recently took over as acting Metra director.
Boyd said Governor Quinn’s commitment is to support the needs of local communities like Cicero and the governor’s $1.6 billion in road and railroad projects throughout the state of Illinois.
“The reconstruction of the Cicero avenue station is one of seven Metra construction projects made possible through the state program. The station which operates on the BNSF line has an average boarding of 250 people per day,” Boyd said.
(Photos courtesy Gerardo Lopez and the Town of Cicero.)
Metra Exec. Dir. Alex Clifford, State Sen. Martin Sandoval,
Metra Acting Chairman Larry Huggins and Town President Larry Dominick

Sandoval and State Re. Lisa Hernandez and Town Collector Fran Reitz (far right).

Huggins addressing the gathering.


Sen. Sandoval and President Dominick being interviewed by Univision TV

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

CICERO VIDEO of suspects sought in Jewelry store armed robbery and aggravated assault

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Cicero Police seek suspects in brutal armed robbery
CALL 708-652-2130 with information

The Cicero Police are seeking the help of the public in identifying four suspects who brutally beat a jewelry store clerk on Monday afternoon at the Roosevelt Gold Exchange at 1203 S. Cicero Ave. The robbery took place at around 1:30 pm.

Four suspects and apparently a fifth lookout pulled up to the store in two vehicles. While two of the suspects spoke through the protective glass window of the jewelry exchange, a third used a crowbar to break into the store.

They tied the clerk up using a phone line and put a bag over his head before they began beating him. The suspects got away with more than $40,000 in jewelry. Ironically, they left an authentic autographed rookie football card for Mike Ditka.

Cicero police said the suspects face armed robbery and aggravated battery charges and are urging anyone who can identify any of the suspects to contact the Cicero Police and Detective Joe Melone at 708-652-2130 with any information.

The robbery and assault were captured on video. The faces of the suspects are easily seen in the store videos.

We edited video segments to show sequence of robbery. Best view of suspects at 3 minutes into the video.

Scenes:

Suspects arrive in cars behind store
Suspects enter through front of store
Suspects inside lobby at window
Victim behind counter, startled when suspects break in
Victim beaten, bound and hooded by suspects
Suspects leave through front door
Suspects enter their vehicles and flee

Here is a link to an edited version of the video:

Monday, August 6, 2012

Interview with Larry Dominick, president of Cicero: Cicero has never been a better place to live

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Interview with Larry Dominick, president of Cicero: 
Cicero has never been a better place to live

Cicero News Wire (CNW) August 3, 2012 – The Town of Cicero and Town President Larry Dominick have been the focus of several critical newspaper articles published in the downtown Chicago media.

But Dominick asked a public gathering recently in Cicero, “When has the Town of Cicero not been the target of negative stories by the downtown Chicago media? They have been writing negative stories about Cicero since the Town was founded in the 19th Century and we don’t expect that to change.”

Dominick said that the mainstream media has ignored the substantial positive changes that have taken place in the town and that continue to take place “because positive news does not sell their newspapers.”

“It’s really only one newspaper that is criticizing the Town of Cicero but they are working to promote the opposition,” Dominick said.

“And what does the opposition want? They want to bring change. Change what? What is it that they want to change? All of the great programs that we have brought to the Town of Cicero over the years, or maybe change our successful fight against street gangs?

“All that the critics will change is to turn back the progress we have made and I won’t allow that to happen,” Dominick vowed.

Last year, Dominick said with pride, “The Town of Cicero was named one of the top 20 Safest Cities in America by House Hunt which monitors crime and housing patterns around the country advising people where the best places are to live. That has always been my number one priority. When I came to office in 2005, there were 17 street gang related murders the year before. Last year, we had none. This year, we have only had one and the gang member was from Chicago.”

The Town of Cicero was the only city in Illinois to make the House Hunt list of Safest Cities in America.

Dominick listed the many changes that Town residents have seen and have come to appreciate during the past seven years.

“In addition to strengthening our police response to street gangs and increasing safety for our residents, we have done so much more to provide activities for our young people after school so they can resists the pressures from the street gangs. We’ve increased programs for families and also for our seniors. These programs all help to deter street gangs,” Dominick said.

Dominick noted that the positive changes have attracted many national businesses to relocate to the Town of Cicero.

“While communities are seeing their industry and businesses flee to safer areas, Cicero is witnessing just the opposite trend. We are seeing new industry and new businesses coming to and building in the Town of Cicero,” Dominick explained.

Earlier this year, Dominick and members of the Town Board, cut the ribbon on a 605,000 square foot, multi-use training and distribution center for Wirtz Beverage Illinois located at 34th and Laramie Ave.  The state-of-the-art facility includes corporate offices, conference centers, training facilities and 500,000 square feet of warehouse space. 

“It will have more than 1,100 employees who will bring their spending habits to the town and to Cicero businesses,” Dominick said. “They will also be hiring Cicero residents for several hundred new jobs that will be available.”

Adjacent to the Wirtz Building, a new Super Walmart will be built along Cicero Avenue that will create more than 500 new jobs. The Walmart will bring in additional sales tax revenue in addition to bringing consumers from the Chicagoland region to spend their money in the town.

“The new Walmart will help our local businesses because it will be a magnet to bring in new customers who might not have otherwise come into Cicero. This activity attracts consumers and customers. It does not chase them away,” Dominick said.

Cicero has also seen an increase in small businesses leasing store fronts and the opening of other new businesses including Menards, Fuller’s Car Wash, Sonic Restaurant and Cloverhill Bakery. The Wirtz and Walmart complexes also have out lots for as many as six major restaurants.

“All that brings in more retail sales taxes to the town and that eases the property tax burden on residents,” Dominick said.

“Over the years, we have worked hard to live within our budget, not increasing Town Spending to hold down property taxes. The entire state is witnessing increases in property taxes and that includes our residents but those increases are caused by other governments increasing their taxes, not Cicero.”

Additionally, Dominick noted that the Town of Cicero has absorbed the annual increases in the cost of water purchased from the City of Chicago.

“Chicago has increased our water charges every year and each year the Town has either absorbed all of the increases or shared in the increases to hold down costs,” Dominick said.

The positive changes in the Town of Cicero are reflected not only in improved programs for seniors, families and our youth, Dominick said, but is recognized by people living outside of the Town of Cicero.

“At each of the past festivals we have sponsored, we are seeing a larger and larger presence of outsiders from other communities coming to our events,” Dominick said.

“We had a record 25,000 people who came to Cicero and Berwyn for the Houby Day Festival. We expect that to be even bigger. But we also saw the same trend at the AmericanFest in July and just recently the Mexican American Gospel Festival, Mi GraciaFest. About 60 percent of the people attending were from outside of Cicero.


“What does that say? That says that people outside of Cicero are coming to Cicero to get away from the problems they are facing in their communities. Cicero is the bright alternative and that’s good for our community, good for the fight against street gangs and good for our businesses.”

Additionally, several neighboring communities like Stickney and Berwyn call on Cicero’s Animal Control to assist with animal hording and strays.

Dominick said that most Cicero residents see these positive changes every day.

“It is easy to take them for granted and to listen to people who come from outside of Cicero where their crime rates are at record highs and where taxes continue to not just increase but skyrocket,” Dominick said.

“They are running from their troubles in their communities to come to our community where it is better.”

Dominick said, “The word is out there. Cicero is a better, stronger and safe community and everyone agrees.”

He cited one of his critics, Juan Ochoa, who is originally from crime plagued Chicago but chose to move to Berwyn.

“He didn’t even think Cicero was worth living in and he moved to another suburb,” said Dominick who has lived in Cicero since 1960.

“Now, he claims he moved into Cicero last February to run for office. We welcome everyone to move here and live here. But don’t bring your problems from Chicago to our Cicero when you come.”

President Dominick is seeking re-election in the February 2013 with running mates Clerk Maria-Punzo-Arias, Supervisor Joe Virruso, Collector Fran Reitz, Assessor Emo Cundari and trustees Larry Banks and Lorraine Walsh. Trustees Dennis Raleigh and Victor Garcia were re—elected in 2011.

Dominick appointed Punzo-Arias as clerk, Cicero’s first Mexican American Clerk, in 2011.

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