Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cicero honored by national group for financial and budget reporting

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Cicero honored by national group for financial and budget reporting


Cicero Town President Larry Dominick said he is proud to announce that the Town of Cicero has been notified that the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Town of Cicero all three of its prestigious awards for the 2011 Fiscal Year. 

At the very least, we can refer to this honor as being awarded the GFOA tri-fecta:

* Award for Distinguished Budget Presentation for the Fiscal year Beginning January 1, 2011.  (This award has also been received for the Fiscal year Beginning January 1, 2012).

** The Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the Town's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal year Ended December 31, 2011.

*** The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2011.

For the 2010 Fiscal Year, the Town of Cicero was one of only four Illinois municipalities to receive both the Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting.  The results for 2011 nationwide have not yet been published.

These are the highest forms of recognition bestowed upon local units of government by the Government Finance Officers Association, an association serving nearly 17,400 government finance professionals throughout North America.

This is truly a notable accomplishment for the administration of Larry Dominick and the Town's governing Board.

The GFOA also cited Donald L. Schultz, Cicero's Chief Financial Officer.

Rabies Shots on Wheels March 3, 2013

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Rabies Shots on Wheels March 3, 2013

In order to be able to provide Rabies vaccinations to pet owners of Cicero the town will be working with Animal Care League in order to provide Rabies shot at a discounted rate to all Cicero Residents. This is the first of many Rabies Shots on Wheels Event to come in to Cicero. Cats need to be on Carries and Dogs must be leashed. 

If you are afraid you’re your dog may bite a muzzle is a must.  Animals must be 4 moths or older in order to be vaccinated. Proof of residence will be required. Also, someone will be present at the event to register your pet with the town on Sunday.

Rabies will be giving at $15 dollars a Shot for both Canine and Feline Companions.
The program will run from 11 am to 2pm at Waggin’ Tails Animal Shelter, 1634 S Laramie Ave Building B, Cicero. Call 708-208-7382 for more information
Co-sponsored by the Animal Care Leagues, 1013 Garfield Street, Oak Park, 708-848-8155

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Golden Gloves Champion David Diaz applauds Dominick work for children

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Golden Gloves Champion David Diaz applauds Dominick work for children




Cicero, Illinois – Three time National Golden Gloves Light WelterWeight Boxing Champion David Diaz applauded Cicero Town President Larry Dominick for his work with children at a press conference Tuesday at Town Hall. Diaz, 36, said that after school programs Dominick has organized for the community have helped keep young children from joining street gangs but more importantly has given them options for their future careers. “President Larry Dominick has done so much for the Hispanic community and I am proud to call him my friend. Larry Dominick is a Champion in my book for all of the things that he has done for the community and for our kids.” Diaz was meeting with Dominick to announce a new program in the spring to provide mentoring for young kids through Clyde Park District in Cicero. Photo courtesy Town of Cicero.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Cicero Named one of the Top 20 Safest Cities in America for 2013 by national house and crime monitoring group

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Cicero Named one of the Top 20 Safest Cities in America for 2013 by national house and crime monitoring group

HouseHunt, which measures crime statistics and data and then compiles it into a list, has named the Town of Cicero as one of the safest cities in America. In the list of cities with populations of 75,000 or more, Cicero was named as one of the nation’s Top 20 Safest Cities ranking number 19.

Here is the web site


There are 12 cities in Illinois with populations over 75,000. Cicero is the Only one from Illinois on the list. There are some 600 cities in the country with populations over 75,000.

Cicero is very proud again to be included in the list. We were included in the 2011 list, also.

“Safety is what Cicero residents want,” said Town President Larry Dominick.

“Street gangs destroy families, take lives and steal our youth. I have fought hard over the past 8 years to defeat the Street Gangs and while we have made a tremendous effort, we won’t stop until every last street gang is eliminated from our community. It’s good to see that our efforts are being recognized and it will encourage our residents to join us in helping to discourage street gang activity and focus our children to the many alternative programs we offer in our parks, our schools and in our community centers.”

In 2004 before Larry Dominick was elected President, there were more than 14 street gang related murders using a gun. In 2010, there was only one. In 2011 there were none, and in 2012 there was one. Street gang violence is preventable through a strong Gang Crimes Unit and their hard work, and by providing programs to the Town’s Youth and families to compete with street gangs. Cicero has done that. (Domestic violence and killings, while also unfortunate tragedies, are much more difficult to prevent because they involve emotion, etc. Street gang activity, though, can be prevented.)

Cicero has an aggressive Graffiti fighting machine and several Graffiti blasters that respond to graffiti reports removing the graffiti the same day. Young juveniles who are identified as being in street gangs are enlisted in the Juvenile Intervention Program (JIP) and every Saturday work with Police to understand the threats street gangs pose not only to them but to their families and their friends and their community. Several thousand kids have gone through this program and have moved on to become community leaders.

Being included on the annual HouseHunt Online ranking of Safest Cities is important not just for President Dominick, but for the residents of Cicero who agree that safety is the number one concern. By making Cicero Safe, we have attracted dozens of new businesses, and it has encouraged our youth and families to enjoy our many new parks and the new Ice Rink (600 kids a day on the weekend skate at the Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink).

(The House Hunt Safest City List is updated each week. Some weeks Cicero is listed as 21 and other weeks it is listed as 19, one of the only ones in Illinois listed.)

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