Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Walmart Supercenter officially opens in Cicero with 420 new jobs

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Walmart Supercenter officially opens in Cicero with 420 new jobs

Officials of the Town of Cicero officials and Walmart Tuesday cut the ribbon on a new 191,000 sq ft Walmart Supercenter store at 33rd and Cicero that created more than 400 new jobs in the West suburban community.

Town President Larry Dominick and store manager Lisa Perez, a Cicero resident, said nearly one quarter of the new jobs have gone to Cicero residents. The store officially opened to the public the following day on Wednesday May 21.

Walmart officials said more than 8,300 people submitted applications for the jobs during hiring events coordinated with the Town.

“I began my career with Walmart a little over 18 years ago as an hourly associate at the Joliet store. I have had six different positions and I am now proud to lead this great team of people into this Cicero community. They are excited as I am to be here and provide our customers with the best shopping experience,” said Peres, who lives in Cicero along with several of the new stores management.

“We have an expanded Hispanic grocery selection offering and many locally produced product offerings.  … At Walmart, it is our mission to help our customers to save money so they can live better on what they want and what they need. Our store is about making our community stronger.”

The ribbon cutting included performances by the Morton High school Marching Band and the Morton High school Mariachi Band. Town officials who participated at the opening included Town Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias, Supervisor Joe Virruso, Collector Fran Reitz, and Trustees Dennis Raleigh, Victor Garcia and Larry Banks. Assessor Emilio Cundari and Trustee Lorraine Walsh both saluted the Walmart opening but were unable to attend Tuesday’s ceremonies.

Dominick thanked the Town officials and the Town’s legal team for finalizing the deal that took nearly a decade to complete.

“I want to thank Mike Del Galdo and his law group for so many countless hours of working on this. We started in 2005 and it took a long time, but we are finally here,” said Dominick, who also acknowledged the work of Cicero Project Manager Craig Pesek in completing the negotiations.

“I want to thank all the Town officials. They have been very patient. I can’t believe we are finally here. It has been a dream of mine to have Walmart here in Cicero. I love Walmart. I shop at Walmart. And we are glad they are here today. We’re very happy that so many local residents were able to find positions at the new store, too.”

Dominick thanked Perez for several charitable donations that Walmart has made to local schools and to the local park districts.

Dominick presented Perez with the Code Enforcement License so the store can serve food to the public, and the License Department that recognizes the store as a legally licensed establishment.

Dominick said he was so inspired by the performance of the Morton High school bands that he will donate $500 to help them with their projects.

Perez said that the Cicero Walmart Supercenter will continue to hire employees and estimated that at least 40 more jobs remained unfilled.

“We will be continuing to review job applications to fill those positions,” Perez promised. Interested applicants can go online to to fill out an application.

Cicero is home to Walmart’s sister company, Sam’s Club, which is ranked as the number one revenue producing store in the country. Officials said they believed the new Walmart will also lead the country in Sales.

“Over the years, we have worked hard to prove to businesses and companies throughout the country that Cicero is the best place to locate in terms of retail success and also industry and employment,” Dominick said.

Dominick noted that since 2005, more than two dozen major companies have relocated into Cicero including Wirtz Beverage Illinois, Menards, Sonic Restaurant, Fuller’s Car Wash, and Clover Hill Bakery.

Also present at the store launch were representatives for local officials including State Senator Martin Sandoval, State Senator Steven Landek, State Rep. Lisa Hernandez, State Rep. Mike Zalewski and State Rep. Silvana Tabares.

(PHOTO CAPTION: Cicero and Walmart officials cut the ribbon on the new 191,000 sq ft Cicero Walmart Supercenter, located at 33rd and Cicero Avenue.)


Monday, May 5, 2014

Cicero celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Mexican Consul General

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Cicero celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Mexican Consul General

Town President Larry Dominick and the Town of Cicero co-hosted the annual celebration in honor of Cinco de Mayo honoring the Mexican Consul General Carlos Jimenez Macias and the Town’s Mexican American community.

Nearly 100,000 people were estimated to have attended the festivities which began with a welcome from Mr. Macias on Friday followed by a weekend of celebrations that included entertainment, food and family carnival rides.

On Sunday night, President Dominick was joined by Town Officials and members of the organizing Cicero Mexican Cultural Committee (CMCC).

“We are very proud to welcome all of the residents to celebrate this important holiday honoring an important date in sustaining Mexico’s independence and today helps recognize the many contributions that Mexican Americans contribute to this country,” Dominick said.

The celebration of Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862 at the battle of Puebla. The battle ensured Mexico’s independence.

Cicero Mexican Cultural Committee Chairman Frank J. Aguilar told the crowd, “Do you realize how important you are, the people of Cicero, that the Consulate General of Mexico came to Cicero to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?” Aguilar said, noting that Cicero’s celebration was the only one in which Macias attended.

Macias thanked President Dominick and the Cicero Mexican Cultural Committee for their commitment and wide-ranging services to the Mexican Community.

“Cinco de Mayo is an important event in our community in celebrating the history and the culture of the people of Mexico. This event symbolizes how the people of Mexico came together, united to force the French forces out of our beloved Mexico to bring forth a stronger nation. Que viva Mexico!” Macias said.

“I love coming to Cicero. I always feel warmly welcomed when I come here. I look forward to seeing this great community in September.”

Macias was acknowledging the festivities that Cicero and the CMCC

Each year, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Cicero officials and the Mexican American community host the annual “Cicero President’s Cup” soccer competition at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, hosted with the support of State Senator Steven Landek who is also mayor of Bridgeview.

The championship was won by the Cicero-based Clyde Park District soccer team, defeating Chicago’s Championship Team The Dragons, which has held the “President’s Cup” named in honor of President Larry Dominick, for the past two years.

Dominick, Consul General Macias, and Cinco de Mayo Festival “Senorita Cicero” Lupita Diaz Donato congratulated the Clyde Park District Soccer team, which is based in Cicero. The Clyde Park Soccer Team defeated Chicago’s Dragon’s Soccer Team by a score of 2 to 0.

Also congratulating the team were Trustee Larry Banks, Town Assessor Emilio Cumdari, Dr. Dana Grove of Morton College which was a soccer tournament sponsor. The Trophy was presented to the winning team by 1st princess Marisol Campos and 2nd princess Mary Ester Sanchez. Also attending the event were Supervisor Joe Virruso, Collector Fran Reitz, Trustees Victor Garcia, Dennis Raleigh and Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias. A special welcome was read from Trustee Lorraine Walsh.

Dominick thanked members of the committee who also helped including tournament organizer Gerardo Solis and Josefina Vega, members of the President's Office of Special Events & Recreation including Patty Dominick, Cynthia Salvino and Jeff Pesek, and Maru Ayala of Mas Enterprises for their hard work in organizing a successful weekend.

“I am very proud at our successful festival,” Ayala said. “With the help of President Dominick, the officials of the Town of Cicero, our sponsors, organizers, the volunteers, the Office of Special Events, and the support from the Cicero Police Department, we have had a great Cinco de Mayo celebration here in Cicero. I think everyone agrees that ” 

We would like to thank our Cicero Police Department for keeping everyone safe during this festival.

(PHOTO CAPTION: From left, President Larry Dominick, Consul General Carlos Jimenez Macias, Assessor Emilio Cundari, Trustee Larry Banks, and Frank Aguilar. Photo Courtesy of the Town of Cicero and Gerardo Lopez.)