Monday, December 23, 2013

Seat Belt Enforcement Zones and Saturation Patrols Conducted for 2013 Christmas/2014 New Year’s Season “Click It or Ticket” Campaign

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Seat Belt Enforcement Zones and Saturation Patrols Conducted for 2013 Christmas/2014 New Year’s Season “Click It or Ticket” Campaign

(Cicero, IL) – IDOT is partnering with Illinois State Police, the Cicero Police Department and nearly 250 local law enforcement agencies to crack down on seat belt law violators now through Christmas/New Year’s Season week.  More than 700 Safety Belt Enforcement Zones will be conducted across Illinois during this high visibility enforcement campaign period.   More than half of the SBEZs will be conducted during night-time hours, when belt use is typically at its lowest. 


WHO:             The Cicero Police Department on behalf of the Illinois Department of Transportation.

WHAT:            Seat Belt Enforcement Zones and Saturation Patrols will be conducted during the 2013 Christmas/New Year’s Season “Click It or Ticket Campaign”.  This is a highly visual event with the opportunity to gather footage of a live Seat Belt Enforcement Zone in progress and also the opportunity to interview law enforcement spokespeople.

WHEN:           Friday January 3, 2014

WHERE:        Cicero, IL 6:00pm to 1200am (midnight)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Cicero receives USS Arizona relic honoring Pearl Harbor veteran

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Cicero receives USS Arizona relic honoring Pearl Harbor veteran

Cicero, IL – The Town of Cicero received a relic of the U.S.S. Arizona that was removed from the underwater battleship where it has rested since it was sunk during the Japanese attack on Dec. 7, 1941, 72 years ago.

The relic, which was removed by the U.S. Government from the mid-ship of the U.S.S. Arizona, is about 22 inches long.

The Town of Cicero received the relic during its annual Pearl Harbor memorial service because a resident of the Town, Joseph Philip Steffan, served and died on the ship during the attack.

“All of the people in the Town of Cicero are very proud of the sacrifices that all of our military personnel and veterans have made to defend this country,” said Town President Larry Dominick.

Cicero Town President Larry Dominick holds the USS Arizona relic that was donated to the Town of Cicero for display in honor of fallen Cicero resident and veteran Joseph Philip Steffan who was killed at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 while serving on the USS Arizona.

“Joseph Philip Steffan was serving on the U.S.S. Arizona when it was hit and then sunk at Pearl Harbor. He was a member of our community and his sacrifice represents the sacrifice that many Cicero residents have also made since and before in defense of our great nation.”

The Town had applied for the relic earlier in the Fall. As the ceremony was concluding, the relic was delivered by the U.S. Post Office to the Town and was opened at the podium.

“It was like a scene from the movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’,” said former Cicero Assessor John Kociolko who emceed the event. “As we were hoping to have the relic in hand in time for the ceremony it arrived in the nick of time.”

Steffan’s relatives included Steffan’s niece, Karen Toner and her husband Ed, and cousin Ed Breck and his son. Breck helped coordinate the application to Pearl Harbor for the receipt of the relic.

“We are very excited to have this relic as a reminder for the public of what took place in 1941,” Breck said. “We talk about Pearl Harbor and commemorate it every year, but seeing this relic brings it home and makes it personal not just for us as family members of Joseph Steffan but also to members of the public.”

Dominick said the relic will be encased along with the diagram designating the location on the U.S.S. Arizona where the relic originated, the certificate from the U.S.S. Navy and the letter detailing the decision to present the relic to the Town of Cicero.

It will be placed on permanent display along with the memorial that was commemorated in Steffan’s memory in 2009.

The Town of Cicero has a Veteran’s Memorial displaying the flags of the various U.S. Military Services.


Steffan's nephew Ed Breck, who was instrumental in working with the Town of Cicero to obtain the USS Arizona Relic, displays the certificates presented by the US Navy with the war relic.

The same day as the Pearl Harbor memorial service, the Town of Cicero board also honored U.S. Air Force Sergeant Emilio J. Montez, a Cicero resident currently on leave from military service. The ceremony thanking Montez for his service was co-sponsored by Military Families of Cicero United, which provides support to families of veterans.

“I am really honored not only to have been recognized for my service to this country by the Town of Cicero and President Dominick, but to also be here to actually be able to hold a relic of the U.S.S. Arizona that was presented here today,” Montez said after the ceremony.

“The Town of Cicero and President Dominick do so much for military veterans and it means so much to all of us.”

A formal ceremony will be scheduled once the relic is encased and prepared for permanent public display.


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Monday, December 2, 2013

Hull Ice Rink Officially opens with Christmas in the Park celebration

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Hull Ice Rink Officially opens with Christmas in the Park celebration

The Town of Cicero officially opened the Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink Sunday Dec. 1, 2013 during the Christmas in the Park celebration that featured reindeer, hay rides, train rides, pictures with Santa Claus, and ice skating.

Officials from the Town included Town President Larry Dominick, Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias, Assessor Emilio Cundari, Collector Fran Reitz, Supervisor Joe Virruso, and Trustees Dennis Raleigh, Larry Banks and Victor Garcia. Recovering from a brief illness and not able to attend was Trustee Lorraine Walsh.

Photos courtesy Gerardo Lopez for the Town of Cicero














Ismael Vargas sworn in a Town of Cicero Chaplain

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Ismael Vargas sworn in a Town of Cicero Chaplain

Business license manager Ismael Vargas was sworn in as the official Chaplain for the Town of Cicero. Vargas is a Trustee with the Cicero Library Board, and also works with Vida Abundante Church in the Town of Cicero. Previously, he worked with Corazon Community Services.

Vargas was sworn in as the official Town of Cicero Chaplain by Cicero Police Chief Bernard Harrison at the board meeting of the Town of Cicero Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013.

Photos courtesy Gerardo Lopez for the Town of Cicero






Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Seat Belt Enforcement Zones Conducted for Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket

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Seat Belt Enforcement Zones Conducted for Thanksgiving
Click It or Ticket

(Cicero, IL) – IDOT is partnering with Illinois State Police and nearly 250 local law enforcement agencies including the Cicero Police Department to crack down on seat belt law violators now through Thanksgiving weekend.  More than 700 Safety Belt Enforcement Zones will be conducted across Illinois during this high visibility enforcement campaign period.   More than half of the SBEZs will be conducted during night-time hours, when belt use is typically at its lowest. 

WHO:             (Cicero Police Department) on behalf of the Illinois Department of Transportation.

WHAT:            Seat Belt Enforcement Zones will be conducted during the Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket Campaign.  This is a highly visual event with the opportunity to gather footage of a live Seat Belt Enforcement Zone in progress and also the opportunity to interview law enforcement spokespeople.

WHEN:           Friday, November 29th  


WHERE:        (4901 W. Cermak Rd Cicero , IL 6:00 pm to 12 midnight)

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Cicero welcomes President of Juanacatlan, Mexico; Donates Fire Equipment to help Mexican City

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Cicero welcomes President of Juanacatlan, Mexico
Donates Fire Equipment to help Mexican City


Town President Larry Dominick met with Mr. José Pastor Martinez Torres, 36, the President of the municipality of Juanacatlan, Jalisco, Mexico, and presented a large donation of firefighter equipment to help the city.

The equipment includes fire safety jackets, oxygen masks, hats, and other equipment that the Cicero Fire Department has replaced in an upgrade this year. The Town Board in August approved an ordinance that allowed for the donation of the equipment once it was replaced by new equipment purchased by the Town of Cicero.

"We are very pleased to be able to donate this equipment to a community that needs it, like the city of Juanacatlan in Mexico," President Dominick said.

Through an interpretor, President Martinez Torres said he is very grateful for the donation of the equipment which will help strengthen his city's fire department and fire fighting efforts.

President Martinez Torres was elected to the post last year. He was accompanied to meet with President Dominick and Fire Marshal Ron Opalecky on Thursday by Alderman  Rafael Moreno Soriano.

Juanacatlan is located downtown in the central eastern part of the state of Jalisco and the town has 20,000 inhabitants.


President Martinez Torres traveled to the city of Chicago to come and support the Tenth annual dinner - dance that the Club Pro Juanacatlan has been working on, in order to collect funds to benefit various institutions of the municipality this coming Saturday November 23.

Photos with Juanacatlan guests, courtesy of the Town of Cicero, Gerardo Lopez Photographer







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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cicero launches Family Fun Friday Nights Dec. 6

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Cicero launches Family Fun Friday Nights Dec. 6

Town President Larry Dominick and the Town of Cicero Board are again joining Morton District 201 in hosting the weekly Family Fun Friday Nights at the Morton East High school Field House.

The events begin every Friday night at 6 pm and continue through 10 pm.

Activities include sports events, competitions, including volley ball, soccer and basketball, inflatables and games for the children, exercise classes including yoga instructions and a live DJ break dancing performance.

The events are also sponsored by the Town of Cicero Police Department.


Town President Larry Dominick and Cicero Board launch effort to help Tornado victims

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Town President Larry Dominick and Cicero Board launch effort to help Tornado victims

In an effort to help victims of this weekend's devastating Tornadoes, and to ensure that families impacted by the storm can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal, Cicero Town President Larry Dominick and the Town Board of Trustees are asking residents to participate in a Cicero Food Drive for Tornado Victims. Residents are asked to drop off NON-PERISHABLE food items ONLY at the new Community Outreach Building (New Cicero Resource Center) located at 6019 west 26th street. 

Residents can drop off items from 10am to 6pm, today through FRIDAY, November 22nd. We also encourage residents to consider donating baby food, formula or diapers. PET FOOD WILL ALSO BE ACCEPTED. Any questions can be directed to the New Cicero Resource Center at 708.863.7232 or by emailing Luis Duarte at lduarte@thetownofcicero.com.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cicero Job fair draws big crowd

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Cicero Job fair draws big crowd

More than 50 employers took resumes and conducted interviews for hundreds of potential local jobs at the Secnd Annual Cicero Jobs Fair hosted by Town President Larry Dominick Saturday October 26.

More than 400 members of the public pre-registered and attended the event.

The event drew employers from retail industries, construction, healthcare and professional services.

“We were really pleased with the event. We know there are many people out there who need work, given the nation’s struggling economy. But it is good to know that so many employers are willing to meet with job seekers to review potential jobs and offer advice and even hire,” said Town President Larry Dominick.

Luis Duarte, Cicero’s Community Outreach Liaison and coordinator of the Job Fair, said that volunteers processed a total of 429 job applicants and that many were given follow-up interview appointments.

“We are always very optimistic about the outcome of these job fairs and we hope that each candidate is successful,” Duarte said.

“Meeting potential employers gives these job seekers a leg up on everyone else because they get to meet the potential employer face-to-face, rather than just answering a classified job advertisement or corresponding by mail or email.”

Duarte said employers represented at the Job Fair included Marriott, Brookfield Zoo, the Illinois Secretary of State and the Department of Homeland Security and Harmony.

“This is the second job fair hosted in the town of Cicero as a partnership between the Cicero Community Outreach Department and the Illinois Department of Employment Security,” Duarte said.

“This is an additional effort by President Dominick to help residents find employment on top of all the newly created jobs out of Wirtz and the upcoming Walmart.”

Duarte said that the event had many volunteers who helped attendees organize their documents and provide advice on presentation and introductions. He thanked many including co-organizer Cristina Leanos.

“I know not everyone who wanted to be there could attend that day but for those who could not attend, they can still register with the Illinois Department of Employment Security's Joblink program to be matched with a potential recruiting employer,” Duarte said.

Duarte said that people seeking jobs can register free of charge at www.illinoisjoblink.com.













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Monday, October 21, 2013

Temporary Drivers License workshop in Cicero draws more than one thousand attendees

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Temporary Drivers License workshop in Cicero draws more than one thousand attendees

A workshop hosted by Cicero Town President Larry Dominick and State Rep. Lisa Hernandez to help non-citizen residents apply for and obtain temporary drivers licenses through a new Illinois State Law attracted more than a thousand attendees Saturday.

The workshop featured information on how undocumented residents can apply for Temporary Drivers Licenses under the new State of Illinois Program that begins Dec. 1, 2013. 

Dominick and Hernandez, who co-sponsored by the bill in the Illinois General Assembly, said the temporary licenses will help improve safety and reduce insurance costs. Temporary Drivers License applicants must take drivers training courses and also purchase insurance before receiving the temporary licenses.


Cicero Town President Larry Dominick and State Rep. Lisa Hernandez

The meeting was held at the Town of Cicero Community Center, 2250 S. 49th Ave., and is the second one sponsored by Hernandez.

"There is clearly a need to help potential applicants understand what is involved and how they can obtain these drivers licenses," Hernandez said.

"The turnout at the two workshops have been very large and that is encouraging."

Hernandez hosted a workshop on Sept. 21 at Piotrowski Park in Chicago where more than one thousand people attended.

"This is important legislation because it will not only allow non-citizens to obtain drivers licenses which will allow them to better provide for their families, but it also requires drivers training and drivers insurance making it safer for all citizens," said Dominick, who was one of the first municipal mayors to support the program when it was initially proposed last year."

"We have had many instances were non-citizens have been driving without a license or drivers training and without insurance and have gotten into accidents. That situation is not good for anyone."

Early this year, the Illinois General Assembly approved the new law, which enables undocumented immigrants in Illinois to get temporary visitor driver’s licenses (TVDLs).  Illinois is the fourth state to authorize undocumented immigrants to drive legally. The new program begins Dec. 1, 2013.

Hernandez co-sponsored legislation, SB 957, which was introduced by State Rep. Ed Acevedo. The legislation creates the "Temporary Visitors Drivers Licenses" (TVDL) to qualified individuals in Illinois who do not have U.S. Citizenship but who have taken drivers education and have purchased drivers insurance.

The workshops are designed to help applicants ensure they have all the paperwork they need to apply and also understand all of the requirements.

For more information, call Rep. Hernandez’s office at 708-222-5240, visit her web site at www.StateRepHernandez.com or visit her office at 3948 W. 26th Street in Chicago.









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