Wednesday, June 26, 2013

New Association of Business & Commerce (ABC Cicero) Launches

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New Association of Business & Commerce (ABC Cicero) Launches

The Association of Business & Commerce of Cicero (ABC) was officially launched Tuesday at a luncheon co-hosted by the Town of Cicero at the Community Center. Community leaders representing more than 100 Cicero businesses attended the luncheon kick-off along with Town President Larry Dominick and officials of the Town Board.

For more information, contact ABC Executive Director Leticia Aguilera at 708-863-6000 or by email at ABCCicero     @     YAHOO   dot COM.

Craig Pesek addresses members

Jorge Rueda addresses members

ABC Executive Director Leticia Aguilera addresses the founding members detailing services that the new ABC Business Association will offer to members and to the Cicero Business Community.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Cicero officials salute fast police work in Albanos murder case

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Cicero officials salute fast police work in Albanos murder case

Town President Larry Dominick and officials of the Town of Cicero board saluted the Cicero Police Department for their fast work in arresting a suspect in the tragic murder of Giovanni Donancricchia, the owners of Albanos Pizzeria.

Donancricchia was gunned down by suspect Matthew Brown-Turner, 25, in his restaurant just after midnight on Friday June 21. Brown-Turner allegedly confronted Donancricchia and his wife Angelea with a gun as they were closing their establishment.

Donancricchia’s immediate concern was for his wife and his fact action, escorting her out of harms way saved her life. When he returned to confront the intruder, he was shot, according to police investigations and extensive video surveillance in the restaurant.

“Our first priority is the safety of our citizens,” Dominick said at Tuesdays board meeting. “Our efforts to fight crime have made Cicero a safer community. But when tragedy strikes, as it will do, we will do everything possible to apprehend the individuals involved.”

First Deputy Police Supt. Jerry Chlada, who headed the investigation, told officials that police investigators were on the scene immediately early Friday morning. He said using surveillance video and testimony from witnesses, police were able to apprehend Brown-Turner at his Chicago home later that day.

“We have the best police investigators and detectives and we will not rest until we apprehend individuals who commit crimes in our community,” Chlada said.

1st Dep. Supt. Jerry Chlada talks about the Cicero Police crackdown on crime and the successful arrest of a suspect in the murder of Albanos Pizzareia owner Giovanni Donancricchia.

Cicero Collector Fran Reitz discusses the importance of Ceasefire Week

Community officials and participates in the CeaseFire Week Events

State Rep. Lisa Hernandez addresses the media and public

State Senator Martin Sandoval addresses the media and public

Chlada credited the following officers for their work on the investigation: Dep. Supt. Jose Gonzalez;  Sgt. Rodolfo Flores, Det. Mathew Ramirez, Det. David Leuzzi, Det. Alberto Pelayo, Det. John Savage, Det. Stephen Struska, Det. Ricardo Sanchez, Tact. Ofc. Cesar Zepeda, Tact. Ofc. John Ingve and Tact. Ofc. Salvador Orozco.

Joining Chlada were Town Collector Fran Reitz and Chief Bernard Harrison at a press conference on Monday morning to launch Ceasefire Week, an annual weeklong program co-sponsored by the Town of Cicero with Corazon Community Services that is in its 7th year.

Ceasefire Week provides young people in the community with programs and training and mentoring opportunities to help them resist the pressures from street gangs and has been credited with helping to reduce the influence of street gangs in the Town of Cicero.

“Over the past nine years we have witnessed under Town President Larry Dominick a significant reduction in crime in Cicero,” said State Rep. Lisa Hernandez during the Ceasefire press conference.

“The year before President Dominick was elected, there were 14 street gang related killings. In the past two years, we have had only one. That’s a victory but I know he will not stop until all street gang crimes are eliminated completely.”

State Sen. Martin Sandoval noted that Cicero has been recognized by national organizations as among the safest communities in the country in terms of crime.

“What we saw this week was a fast, professional and successful response by the Cicero Police Department to this tragic killing of a very popular and well known businessman, Giovanni Donancricchia,” Sandoval said.

“This has a lot to do with President Larry Dominick’s career as a police officer before he became Town President. He knows how important fighting crime is and his commitment to making Cicero the safest place for families, young people, seniors and everyone is unwavering.”

Ceasefire Executive Director Mary Johnson of Corazon said that Ceasefire Week has been successful in raising public awareness of strategies and programs to confront crime and to bring it under control.

Joining Reitz from the Town were Trustees Larry Banks, Dennis Raleigh and Assessor Emilio Cundari.

“We are very proud of the work that the police have done. Our hearts and condolences go out to the family of Giovanni Donancricchia,” Reitz said.

Also attending the press conference were Ceasefire Liaison Ismael Vargas, Morton High School District 201 Supt. Michael Kuzniewski, Morton Elementary School District 99 Supt. Donna Adamic, Clyde Park District officials Mark Kraft and Tony Martinucci, in addition to representatives of local not-for-profit organizations including CeaseFire.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cicero closes deal to build Wal-Mart Super Store

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                               Ray Hanania
Tuesday June 18, 2013                             

Cicero closes deal to build Wal-Mart Super Store

Cicero, IL – Town President Larry Dominick and officials of Arkansas-based Wal-Mart formally closed an agreement Tuesday to build a Wal-Mart Super Center on the eastern half of the former Sportsman’s racetrack.

Under the contract, Wal-Mart will pay $7.5 million for 24.67 acres of land at the former racetrack to construct a190,000 sq. ft. Super Center.

President Dominick said the sale was achieved without any tax or TIF incentives from Cicero taxpayers but will bring huge benefits to the community.

“We’re very proud of the agreement and very excited to have Wal-Mart bring their successful retail brand to our community,” Dominick said.

“Wirtz Beverage Illinois is up and running and doing well. With Wal-Mart now taking over most of the remaining property, we believe that the old vacant Sportsman’s property will become a powerful commercial hub that will strengthen Cicero’s economic engine.” 

Cicero sold 35 acres of the vacant Sportsman’s Park in January 2011 to Wirtz Beverage Illinois, which has since built a $75 million, 600,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art distribution center that employs more than 1,000 people.

As a part of that deal, Wirtz agreed to pay for the construction of a regulation-sized outdoor hockey stadium in Cicero Community Park. Since it’s opening in 2012, the ice rink has attracted thousands of young kids to the ice rink during winter months and roller-skating during summer months.

The new Wal-Mart is expected to generate more than $1 million a year in sales taxes for the Town of Cicero, Dominick said and it puts the property back on the tax rolls.

“The new Wal-Mart Super Center will also serve as a retail magnet to bring consumers who might otherwise drive to other Wal-Mart locations to spend their money and that will benefit not only the Town and the taxpayers, but also all of the local businesses,” Dominick said noting that many of the customers who will shop at the new Wal-Mart will be coming in from outside of Cicero.

“This project will only help to strengthen all of our existing businesses. It will bring new customers into the Town and they will spend their money here. And that’s good for our residents.”

Wal-Mart agreed to a request from President Dominick to host a job fair to allow Cicero residents to compete for the more than 400 jobs that the new store will create.

“We can’t guarantee that Wal-Mart will hire anyone, but we wanted to make sure that Cicero residents had an equal chance to obtain any of the hundreds of new jobs that will be created,” Dominick said. The new store is expected to create 400 new jobs and 200 temporary construction jobs.

Wal-Mart’s Cicero store is expected to do very well. The Cicero Sam’s Club was hailed last month as the number one retail establishment in the Sam’s Club chain, which is a subsidiary of Wal-Mart.

“The sportsman’s property remained vacant and an eye-sore for years. When Larry Dominick was elected president in 2005, he made it one of his top priorities to turn that land into productive, revenue-generating property,” said Town Spokesman Ray Hanania.

“It was one of his priorities. The closing of the Wal-Mart deal on Tuesday make’s that promise a reality. A promise made and another promise to the residents that President Dominick kept.”

Cicero will continue to own 10 acres of the remaining Sportsman's property, which is reserved for future retail expansion and development.