Sunday, September 29, 2013

Cicero welcomes Gov Pat Quinn as Grand Marshall of Houby Day Parade Oct 6

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Cicero welcomes Gov Pat Quinn as Grand Marshall of Houby Day Parade Oct 6

Town President Larry Dominick and the Town of Cicero Board of Trustees are proud to welcome Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn as the Grand Marshall of the 45th Annual Houby Day Celebration.

The Houby Day Festival and Parade is considered one of the biggest communitywide celebrations of Czech and Slovak culture in the West suburbs and draws more than 25,000 attendees with nearly 100 floats and parade participants.

Dominick said that Gov. Quinn’s participation is acclamation of the Parade and Festivals importance not only to the people of Cicero and the West suburbs but to the entire state.

“We’re honored that the Governor can serve as the Grand Marshall of the Houby Day Parade,” Dominick said.

The Parade will begin at East Avenue and Cermak Road and head east along Cermak road beginning at 12 noon on Sunday Oct. 6.

The Houby Parade first began in 1968 as an effort to celebrate the rich heritage of the regions Czech and Slovak communities and commemorate the beginning of the Fall Harvest with the mushroom (houby) as its symbol. Over the years it has drawn large support from all of the region’s ethnic groups including the Mexican American community.

In 2012, President Dominick launched the Houby Mushroom display to honor the Houby Day festival and Parade. Dozens of local businesses sponsored decorative Mushrooms that continue to be displayed in front of their businesses through the Cicero-Berwyn region.

Over the years, the Houby Day parade has featured many celebrities and officials including honoring our military veterans, who continue to have a large presence in the parade each year.

For more information on the parade visit the Town of Cicero website at and the Town’s Facebook page.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Cicero prepares for El Dia de los Muertos Nov. 1

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Cicero prepares for El Dia de los Muertos Nov. 1

The Town of Cicero and the Cicero Mexican Cultural Committee is proud to sponsor artist Teresa Magaña and "El Dia de los Muertos" on November 1, 2013 at the Cicero Public Library.  

Ms. Magaña will be working with elementary school children from the Cicero Public Schools District 99 on after school projects throughout the month of October leading up to the exhibit and celebration on Friday, November 1, 2013.

Children will be learning while creating art work, writing poetry, and reading about the history and meaning of this ancient Aztec-Mayan tradition. This program was designed to make history fun by hands on activities and developing creative skills. On Friday,  November 1, 2013 their will be a Dia de los Muertos celebration with traditional music, Mexican refreshments, like candy skulls, pan de muerto, and punch. The children's work will be on display at the library together with some of the poems they wrote.

Visit our Facebook to see how this project develops leading to "EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS EN CICERO".

Teresa Magaña, Artist Bio

Teresa Magaña is an emerging artist living and working in Chicago, IL. She was born in 1979 and raised in Chicago and southern Texas. Her work is influenced by her rich Mexican culture and heavily themed around the celebration Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). She is self taught in her craft and works with plaster, acrylic, wood, and canvas.

In November 2010, she launched her online business Vida Y Alma (Life & Soul) where she sells her art pieces to the public. Focused on promoting her works of art, she has participated in various fairs, festivals, and has exhibited in Texas and Illinois.  During 2011 and 2012 she’s been able to make a name for herself in the art community and has proved to be a talented artist with a strong determination to master different mediums.

Statement from the artist, Teresa Magaña:

Vida y Alma is a true and real essence for me. Life and Soul is an energy and entity that just simply exists, but yet is so complex to fully explain through words. The thoughts and feelings evoked by these ideas are what inspire my colorful, intricate work thus resulting in a lucid, liveliness all on its own.

For most people, skulls signify death. For me, it signifies the life it once held. The contrast of making a commonly, dark symbol an object of beauty, symbolizing life, is what I hope my art to convey.

Many of my designs have been created directly from my brush to the surface of each piece, skipping the drafting or sketching phase. The precision and flow of every line, curve, dot, and shape continue to evolve through every new piece I paint.

I am most comfortable using a mixed media of plaster, wood, acrylic paint, and canvas.
I use plaster in creating a variety of skull molds which I mount on wooden frames, plaques, and shadowboxes. I also like to use pre-made skulls that I transform into my own creations by changing the base color and painting with my unique design. I don’t limit myself to these mediums and like to explore painting my designs on other surfaces and objects.

Being Mexican-American and raised in a predominately Mexican Community, I must acknowledge the impact my heritage has made on my art. This series of my artwork is a heavy inspiration of the Mexican celebration Dia de los Muertos. This meaningful celebration of life my ancestors have celebrated for many years has become a colorful part of my culture and my art. I’m grateful for this influence which allows me to celebrate the essence of Life & Soul through my art.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Lineup of Spanish entertainment at Houby Day Festival There will be two stages offering Hispanic and mainstream entertainment

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Lineup of Spanish entertainment at Houby Day Festival There will be two stages offering Hispanic and mainstream entertainment

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Cicero's Haunted House opens October 4 -- scariest Halloween event in Chicagoland

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Cicero's Haunted House opens October 4 -- scariest Halloween event in Chicagoland

Cicero's Haunted House will open on October 4 and continue through Halloween on Oct. 31.

Get more information on this frightening Halloween celebration on our Facebook Page at:

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Houby Day Festival and Parade Flyer October 5 and 6

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Houby Day Parade to showcase Czech culture with Hispanic flavor

The Houby Day Parade begins along Cermak Road at 12 noon on Sunday October 6. It caps a week long festival that includes the Carnival at Austin and Cermak Roads Oct. 3 through 6th. The food and music festival will be held October 5 and 6th. 

Among the guests will be Gov. Pat Quinn serving as this year's Grand Marshall.

Also in the parade will be "The Chicago Boyz" the gymnastic group that performed to great acclaim during the popular TV program "America's Got Talent." They were among the TV competitions final 8 top performers.

During this Houby week-end Fest, if you are looking for local, raw honey, the best potato mushroom soup, apple strudel, potato pancakes  or goulash tacos, Klas Restaurant 5734 W. Cermak is the place for you.  Klas opened in 1922 and is the oldest Czech Restaurant in the country.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Businesses will be focus of this year's Houby Festival & Parade

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Businesses will be focus of this year's Houby Festival & Parade

The Houby Fest Committee annouces that the 45th Houby will be October 1 - 6th to be held on the "L" strip from Lombard to Austin.  The parade will be Sunday October 6th at noon.

The theme of this year's Fest will be Shop President Larry Dominick's "New Cicero."  

Cicero is encouraging all Cicero businesses to hand in coupons from their business to be put in shopping bags that will be handed out to residents, patrons and visitors. Business owners should bring the coupons to Cicero Town Hall 4949 W. Cermak  3rd Floor by Sept 26.

"We want to create handout bags that include information about the various businesses that will be distributed to Houby Festival attendees, and we need our local businesses to participate," explained Town President Larry Dominick. "We have a lot of businesses in Cicero and we wan tot support them. If they have coupons, we'd like them to print them up and bring them to the Town for inclusion in the Business giveaway bags."

Dominick urged businesses that wish to participate to contact the Town of Cicero Special Events Department at 708-656-3600 for more information.

Other events planned include the traditional "Houby Powder Puff Football Game" will be played Wednesday September 25 at 7:00p.m. at Morton West between the girls of Morton East and West.  

The official Kick-off of the Houby Fest will be October 1 at Central Federal Savings, Austin and Cermak Road beginning at 11:00a.m.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Thousands attend Mexican Independence Day Parade despite light rains

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Thousands attend Mexican Independence Day Parade despite light rains

Thousands of Cicero and area residents came out Sunday Sept. 15 to celebrate Mexican Independence at the annual Mexican Independence Day Parade on Cermak Road in the Town of Cicero.

The parade, which featured 40 floats and parade participants, was sponsored by Town President Larry Dominick and the Town of Cicero Board of Trustees and by the Cicero Mexico Cultural Committee (

"This is one of my favorite parades as it brings out the excitement and the culture of Cicero's Mexican American community every year," Dominick said.

The parade feature floats from the Town of Cicero, local representatives including State Rep. Lisa Hernandez, State Senator Steven Landek and State Rep. Silvana Tabares, local TV and radio stations including Teleguia Magazine, Telemundo TV, Univision, and also from businesses including McDonalds. Also participating were floats sponsored by Morton High school.

"It was great to see so many Morton High school students participating in the parade despite the weather. It was a great parade," said High school Board member Kal Lwanga.

Hernandez distributed candy to parade attendees and said, "It's so nice to see so many families come out to support this important cultural event in our community. The floats and participants have really go all the way to reflect their pride in their heritage and in the Mexican American community."

Tabares said that she is honored to be a part of the parade and to showcase the important community contributions of the Mexican American community.

The parade capped a week of festivities that included the crowning of this year's Mexican Independence Day Pageant Queen Lupita Diaz-Donato, and the El Grito festivities. A carnival with rides, entertainment and food was also held at Community Park at 34th and Laramie Ave.

State Rep. Silvana Tabares with Town President Larry Dominick

Town Assessor Emilio "Emo" Cundari with Morton High School Board President Jeffry Pesek

Town Supervisor Joe Virruso joins celebrants one a float in the parade

The Hawthorne Park District

Crowds lined the street on Cermak Road during the parade despite the rains

Morton High school board member Kal Lwanga walks with the students next to their float

Teleguia's float and attendees


Monday, September 16, 2013

Cicero cautions West Suburban residents to take precautions against West Nile Virus infection

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Cicero cautions West Suburban residents to take precautions against West Nile Virus infection

Cicero -- Cook County announced Monday that a 67 year old man from the Town of Cicero is the first fatality this year from the West Nile Virus.

The death is the second reported confirmation of West Nile Virus, officials said. The first infection involved a resident in suburban Oak Lawn.

Health officials said the victim was also suffering from other medical complications.

“We are very saddened and express our condolences to the family,” said Town President Larry Dominick. “I am urging everyone to take necessary precautions to protect themselves and to also monitor elderly relatives and residents, especially those who live by themselves for symptoms.”

Anyone can be infected by West Nile Virus, so it is important for people to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

But people over the age of 50, and those with chronic diseases such as heart disease or cancer, may be at more risk.

County health officials said that frequently, most people with West Nile Virus show no symptoms. Some become ill between 13 and 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Symptoms include fever, headaches and body aches. More severe symptoms may include high fever, stiff nick, confusion and muscle weakness.

Health officials recommended that you wear lightly colored, lose fitting clothing and use mosquito repellent when outdoors.

Remove any standing water near your home as standing water can breed mosquito larva.

Dominick said Town employees were canvassing the area to identify and eliminate any areas of standing water.

“Water that is allowed to remain for three or four days becomes a breeding ground for mosquitos,” Dominick said, noting examples might be stagnant swimming pools, bird baths, and water in objects such as discarded tires, or pooling near homes.

If you show any symptoms, you are urged to immediately contact your health provider for immediate assessment.

For more information, please contact Cook County at


Hernandez hosts workshops for temporary drivers license applicants

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      Lisa Hernandez
Tuesday Sept. 17, 2013                   
                                                                         Tel: 1-708-222-5240

Hernandez hosts workshops for temporary drivers license applicants

State Rep. Lisa Hernandez will join with state agencies including the offices of Secretary of State Jesse White to help non-status residents receive drivers licenses under the new state law that takes effect on Dec. 1, 2013.

Hernandez co-sponsored the legislation, SB 957, which was introduced by State Rep. Ed Acevedo, to provide "Temporary Visitors Drivers Licenses" (TVDL) to qualified individuals in Illinois who do not have U.S. citizenship.

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.

Hernandez will host a workshop on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Piotrowski Park 4247 W. 31st St. Chicago beginning at 10:00 am. The workshop is open to the public.

“While many might focus on the issue of the driver’s immigration status, the legislation was adopted because it increases safety for all residents of the state by requiring these new licensed drivers to receive proper training from the Secretary of State and to have insurance,” Hernandez said.

“Too many undocumented residents who are unable to obtain drivers licenses under the past laws, were driving anyway without training and without insurance. This is an effort to make Illinois Safer and to require these drivers to have insurance.”

Hernandez said that her office is working with Acevedo and White to help applicants prepare the paperwork needed to qualify for the TVDLs.

“We are organizing workshops to help the public properly collect the information they need to apply and also help streamline the process for the state,” Hernandez said.

“There is also a concern that these residents may be exploited by individuals who will seek to profit from them without delivering the services.”

Hernandez said the Sept. 21 seminar with Secretary of State Jesse White's office will also include officials from the offices from the Illinois Department of Insurance, the Illinois State Police, the Cook County Circuit Court, and the offices of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

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


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Lupita Diaz-Donato crowned Mexican Independence Day Queen at Cicero sponsored pageant

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Cicero Crowns new Queen at Mexican American Independence Day Pageant

The new Pageant Queen is Lupita Diaz-Donato. She is joined by Cicero Supervisor Joe Virruso, President Larry Dominick and Trustee Larry Banks at the pageant ceremony Thursday Sept. 5.

The event is a part of the week long celebration of Mexican Independence Day that includes a two-day festival at Community Park (34th and Laramie), a Health Fair on Saturday from 1 to 5 pm, El-Grito and the Parade Sunday kicking off at 12 noon at 59th to Town Hall.

Trustee Larry Banks, President Larry Dominick, Alfonso Adieu representing the Consul General of Mexico, local businessman Cristos from Cristos Fur Salon, and Cicero Mexican Cultural Committee Chairman Frank Aguilar.

Amalia Schwardtmann, who represents as Board President the Miss Illinois & Miss American Scholarship organization, with President Larry Dominick


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

West Nile Virus precautions

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There have been reports of potential West Nile Virus in the West Suburbs. 

The Town of Cicero urges you to monitor friends, neighbors and especially seniors for symptoms that may include high fevers and severe headaches. 

Anyone can be infected by West Nile Virus through mosquito bites. Wear lose fitting clothing. Use mosquito spray. Eliminate any standing water near or around your property. If you believe you have symptoms, contact your health practitioner immediately.