Dominick wins Cicero election, but investigation looms
CICERO — Cicero Town President Larry Dominick won his third four-year term handily in the non-partisan primary last week, and as a result, there will be no need for an election in April.
But all may not be so sunny in Cicero.
Because Dominick garnered more than 50 percent of the vote, there won't be an election for town president this spring. A candidate who wins 50 percent of the vote plus one wins the seat, said town spokesman Ray Hanania.
However, one of Dominick's opponents, Juan Ochoa, filed a lawsuit in December 2012 claiming Dominick launched a campaign of harassment and intimidation against the candidate to block him from running for the president's seat.
Dominick also defeated candidate Joseph Pontarelli on Feb. 26.
Allegations of intimidation and vote fraud during the campaign has prompted an investigation by county and federal authorities at the behest of the Cook County Clerk's Office.
In a statement issued from Cook County Clerk David Orr regarding the Cicero town president's race, Orr said allegations from both sides were passed on to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, U.S. Attorney's Office and the U.S. Department of Justice.
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