Challenger calls for Cicero Town President Larry Dominick to be removed from ballot
CICERO — Cicero Town President Larry Dominick’s political grip may be loosened if the results of Friday’s election hearing don’t go his way.
Juan Ochoa, a candidate running against Dominick for town president, and David Donahue, a candidate for town collector, want Dominick removed from the ballot.
The hearing was held in the wake of allegations that Dominick received work permits for maintenance and remodeling work done at his Cicero home, according to media reports. Dominick testified that his ex-wife oversaw the renovations done at the home.
A Cook County judge last month disqualified the town’s election board, made up of Dominick, Town Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias and Town Supervisor Joseph Virruso and alternate Dennis Raleigh, a town trustee, whom the judge claimed that the board had a vested interest in pay and benefits. The judge replaced the board with three substitutes, according to media reports.
The board is expected to make a decision on Dominick’s fate in the coming days, but Dominick can appeal the decision and the matter would be taken up by a Cook County election judge.
Ochoa, who has the backing of U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, is hoping to win a majority of Cicero’s Hispanic vote as well as the non-Hispanic vote, he said. The western suburb is about 80-percent Hispanic.
The board recently voted to keep Ochoa and Donahue on the ballot after Dominick contested their residency.
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