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