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.


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.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

More than 20,000 come out for Houby Day Parade

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More than 20,000 come out for Houby Day Parade

Thousands of Cicero and Berwyn residents flocked to Cermak Avenue this past week to celebrate the communities' Czech and Slovak heritage through the 45th Annual Houby Festival. There was something for everyone between the street festival along the "L" Strip featuring live bands, food and rides, the powder-puff football game between  Morton East and Morton West high schools, the Houby Queen Pageant, and the Houby Day Parade that culminated the week of events.

Cicero Town President Larry Dominick and Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero welcomed Illinois Governor Pat Quinn as grand marshal of the parade. Joining them in the parade were floats from Cicero's various organizations and Cicero institutions filled the street, including the marching bands from Morton High School District 201 and Berwyn's District 100, Morton College's dance squad, Clyde Park District, the Houby Day Queen and Court, and Southpaw from the Chicago White Sox. The rich diversity of the city was on display with groups representing Mexican, Czech and Slovak heritage marching along the route, as well.

"It's a great sight to see when businesses, school groups and the Town can celebrate our past and embrace our future," Dominick said. The Houby Festival celebrates the Czech and Slovak heritage that comprised the two communities from the turn of the 20th Century and through the next several decades. Named for the Houby, a Czech and Slovak word for mushrooms, the festival has established itself as one of the most esteemed events for Cicero, with numerous ethnicities and cultures mixing into a unified display of the Town's pride for the community, and visitors, to enjoy.

Prior to the parade, the Houby Pageant crowned a new queen in Abby Arevalo, who wowed judges with her talent in dancing, her poise during the question and answer portion and her presentation during the evening gown portion of the pageant.

"We really enjoyed watching all the ladies display their talent and really wish Abby the best during her competition for Miss Teen Illinois," said pageant director Patty Dominick.

This year's festival was sponsored by the Town of Cicero and the Department of Special Events. The parade was also sponsored by the City of Berwyn.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Board of Fire and Police of the Town of Cicero will be accepting applications for the position of full-time firefighter with the Cicero Fire department

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The Board of Fire and Police of the Town of Cicero will be accepting applications for the position of full-time firefighter with the Cicero Fire department.

Application packages may be picked up from the office of the Fire and Police Commission located at 5410 W 34th St Cicero IL, between the hours of noon and 6:00PM, Monday through Thursday beginning on October 07, 2013 through October 10, 2013. Applications must be complete with all required documents and must be returned in person by applicant only, to the fire and police commission office at the Public Safety Bldg Monday through Thursday beginning on October 14, through October17, 2013 between the hours of 4:00PM to 7:00PM.   A non-refundable $50.00 application processing fee, payable with a certified check or money order, is due with completed application.


>  U.S Citizen
>  Minimum age of 23 and maximum age of 35 at time of applications
>  Able to speak, read and write English
>  High school diploma or equivalent
>  Minimum of (30) hours of college credit. Military veteran or active Firefighter 2/paramedic accepted                              
    in lieu of college requirement.
>  Possess a valid Illinois driver's license
>  No criminal background

Additional Requirements:

>  Certified copy of a birth certificate, or copy of naturalization papers
>  Copy of Social Security Card
>  Copy of valid Illinois drivers license
>  Must submit proof of education ( high school and college)
>  Evidence of military record

The items of additional requirements will be required at the time of application and will not be returned

There will be a Mandatory Orientation on November 02, 2013 beginning at 7:00PM Sharp at the Public Safety Bldg at 5410 W 34th St Cicero,IL. Admittance will not be allowed after 7:00PM.

Qualified candidates will be required to pass the following tests:
Orientation, written, physical agility, oral interview, psychological, polygraph, background investigation and medical examination to include alcohol/drug screening.

Note: The Commission reserves the right to refuse incomplete or incorrect application packages

The Town of Cicero is an Equal Opportunity, Zero Tolerance Employer