SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
“They do more harm by their evil example than by their actual sin”

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012

* Who doesn’t love Cicero politics?

Um, what I mean is, if you don’t have to live or work there, who doesn’t love Cicero politics?

A new Cicero town president race is once again upon us, and it includes allegations by incumbent Larry Dominick that one of his opponents, Juan Ochoa, is using gang members on his campaign

Dominick would not comment for this story, but Cicero town spokesman Ray Hanania said, “Dominick is probably using CeaseFire members and volunteers to help him get re-elected.” But he added that some of the individuals on the Ochoa campaign have been included by the Chicago Crime Commission in its current book of known gang members.

“That’s the difference,” Hanania said. “Our guys aren’t in that book.”

Ochoa said he doesn’t understand what relevance that has.

Actually, the relevance seems pretty obvious.

* And a “scuffle” reportedly broke out between campaign workers after this happened

According to Ochoa… a truck denouncing him and Gutierrez attempted to block Ochoa and his campaign workers while they were walking in the parade. The billboard on the flat truck read “Tell Luis Gutierrez and Juan Ochoa to take their Street Gang Friends back to Chicago.”

Man, that’s old school.

* Of course, there are the obligatory allegations that some folks have been put into the race to split an ethnic voting bloc. The town is 80 percent Latino. Dominick is not a Latino. So, some say this guy is a plant

De Loera, a lifelong Cicero resident, said he’s still developing a plan for the town… “President Dominick has done a good job bringing new businesses to town, but I am younger and have a hunger to do even more for the community.”

Hey, at least he answered his phone, so maybe he isn’t a plant because they tend to go way underground, or to Florida.

* Meanwhile, this local campaign story is decidedly un-Cicerolike

Independent challenger George Wissmiller won a DeWitt County Board seat on a coin toss Monday, but he didn’t approve of settling the tied race by “gambling.”

“I am obviously pleased with the results,” Wissmiller said of winning the third District B seat up for vote in the Nov. 6 election. […]

Prior to the flip of the coin by County Clerk Dana Smith, Wissmiller read a prepared statement voicing his opposition to the manner in which the election was settled.

“I don’t gamble,” Wissmiller said. “This process here today is very clearly gambling.”

He said he resolved his conflict by deciding not to accept the nominal pay for the office if he were to win the toss.

“If I refuse to accept pay for this office, it ceases to be gambling,” he said. “The office itself is a responsibility and not a thing of value.”

People can rationalize just about anything, I suppose.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


24 Comments
  1. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 12:52 pm:

    “Our guys aren’t in that book.”

    At least not yet.


  2. - Statesman - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 12:58 pm:

    What is most puzzling is why a chrony career bureacrat like Ochoa would like to be president of Cicero? He should relegate himself to county appointments and get a real job.


  3. - train111 - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 1:08 pm:

    Let’s see Al Capone moved his operations out to Cicero in 1924 when the heat got to be too much in Chicago. One has to wonder what has actually changed in the past 88 years?
    One thing to keep in mind is that Dominick is part of the Cicero Township Republicn Organization for all those who think only Democrats are corrupt in Cook county.

    train111


  4. - Hyperbolic Chamber - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 1:16 pm:

    Why would a government spokesperson comment on his employer’s campaign activity (& speculation)?


  5. - Skeeter - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 1:33 pm:

    Can anybody remember way back when Ray used to be a respectable journalist?

    But I bet he’s getting paid better now.


  6. - Been There - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 1:37 pm:

    ===allegations that some folks have been put into the race to split an ethnic voting bloc. ===
    That backfired in Cicero a couple of years ago when they accidently elected a state rep who was just suppose to split the vote.


  7. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 1:44 pm:

    This could get pretty wild.

    According to news reports over the years, some of Dominick’s allies have some pretty strong ties to the traditional (since 1924) sub rosa power structure in Cicero, as well as their one-percenter hog-riding associates.


  8. - Plutocrat03 - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 1:55 pm:

    There was a time I respected Ray Hanania…..


  9. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 2:03 pm:

    –But I bet he’s getting paid better now.–

    He is if he’s making Proft money, close to $600K from Cicero taxpayers for one year of no-bid p.r. contracts.

    It’s good to be a “conservative,” small-government champion of the taxpayers.

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2008-09-25/news/0809242317_1_town-pacts-school-districts


  10. - shore - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 2:09 pm:

    Chicago Magazine ran a great story earlier this year or last year about the ties between african american aldermen, state reps and other elected officials in the city, and the gangs and gang leaders operating in their areas. Quite a few of them have business ties and also work with them on community issues and their political campaigns. This is not a new thing or unique to cicero or chicago by any stretch.


  11. - zatoichi - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 2:43 pm:

    My dad grew up in Cicero when Polish was the primary language. An uncle played in the Capone party band. The faces/names may have changed, but the policy/procedure manual on how to play is exactly the same.


  12. - one of the 35 - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 2:45 pm:

    I’ll bet Betty is shocked by all this bad Cicero publicity!


  13. - carbaby - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 2:55 pm:

    Having worked here in Cicero for the last several years; have staff who also live here and know people who work for the “town”, it has been very eye opening on how things work here.
    This election is going to be very interesting. This is especially in light of hopefully the unfolding of interesting information that Elizabeth(soon to be Larry’s ex)will reveal to the Fed’s. She’s a very interesting person- I had the misfortune to meet her in my office last year(that’s a story).
    However, given what I know, nothing ever surprises me. I was just at the Town Board meeting two weeks ago to present and it really appears that there’s very little care about any of the Fed stuff or the actual corruption that goes on. I have to say that many people appear to be drinking the same “Dominick” water so to speak.


  14. - P. - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 3:21 pm:

    Free Betty!


  15. - On the Real - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 4:03 pm:

    Will Bill Brady reciprocate and throw a fundraiser for Juan Ochoa?


  16. - too obvious - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 4:08 pm:

    For cryin’ out loud, it’s public knowledge Larry Dominick is Outfit connected, and he’s never denied it.

    Of course that’s never stopped Dan Proft, one of the main guys who made Dominick mayor, from lecturing the Dems on a daily basis.


  17. - reformer - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 4:10 pm:

    Is Dan Proft back running the Dominick campaign in pursuit of more good government?


  18. - anon for a reason - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 4:18 pm:

    Ochoa is reported to be using the Latin Kings for street support. The Latin Kings have the reputation for widespread extreme violence.
    Pick your posion.


  19. - Ktown - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 4:34 pm:

    But Ochoa and Frias were 2-6 boys, why would Latin Kings help them?


  20. - JL - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 5:08 pm:

    During the 2010 Election, Larry Dominick supported Governor Quinn and Juan Ochoa supported Senator Brady. Politics sure does make for some strange bedfellows.


  21. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 5:36 pm:

    To the other half of the post…
    The geniuses at “ABC NewsChannel 20″ had to retract their report on the results of the coin flip last night. They identified the wrong guy as the winner.
    Talk about not knowing heads from tails.


  22. - Boone Logan Square - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 6:04 pm:

    Larry Dominick wouldn’t be able to diss Jeff Fort on criminal activity without coming across as a hypocrite.


  23. - amalia - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 6:31 pm:

    keep smiling and knocking on doors, Madigan gal!


  24. - Senate Minority - Wednesday, Nov 28, 12 @ 9:39 pm:

    Radogno wins 12-6-1 vote.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Good morning!
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * The Wolf Among Us now available on Google Play Store
        * Google Wallet now accepts recurring transfers, shows Low Balance alerts
        * 10 cleverest Lumia shots of the month: Color Pop special
        * Sony Xperia Z3 now available for purchase through T-Mobile
        * Tapkast Brings Ephemeral Status Updates To Your iPhone’s Lock Screen
        * Google Drive, Docs for Android updated with better search, PDF viewer
        * Lenovo Has Completed The $2.91 Billion Acquisition Of Motorola From Google

        * Tim Cook Tells the World ‘I’m Proud to Be Gay’
        * Caught between China and low-cost phones, Samsung’s mobile profits plunge
        * Angry Birds Transformers Launched On Android
        * Spend Rarely but Freely to Rebuild Your Wardrobe Over Time
        * Apple CEO Tim Cook officially says that he is gay
        * 13 Inch Lenovo Tablet 2 Windows Announced
        * Lenovo officially buys Motorola Mobility, is now the no. 3 smartphone vendor in the world

        * The offseason begins with a new Chicago manager and old arguments
        * World Series Game 7: Notes and discussion
        * Guillen, White Sox look back on '05 championship
        * White Sox offseason plan roundup: Designated hitter
        * Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent
        * World Series Game 6: Notes and discussion
        * Thomas proud with Big Hurt Brewhouse set to open


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Amazon To Open First Illinois Distribution Faci.....
        * Dave McKinney: Mensch..
        * Advisors, Money Managers Eye Governor Races In .....
        * The demotion of Dave McKinney..
        * Waukegan School Board member apologizes for tel.....


        * Dedication set at memorial of 1994 plane crash
        * Illinois' US Senate candidates spar in last debate
        * Candidates spar in final debate US Senate debate
        * Chicago mayoral candidate says he can raise $3M
        * Judge denies ex-representative new bribery trial
        * Chicago pol investigated in prizes-for-votes plan
        * Restructuring to close 9 Chicago Catholic schools
        * Grocery chain sues Clorox for price discrimination
        * Lawyer: Rap reference in complaint misleading
        * Waukegan school board apologizes for actions

        * Judge denies ex-representative new bribery trial
        * Libertarian candidate for governor gets union cash
        * Illinois Supreme Court justice faces opposition
        * Quinn pledges $1.3M for 3-state intermodal port
        * Vallas: Rauner ‘doesn’t get it’ on minimum wage
        * Acquiring first seeds a dilemma for medical marijuana growers
        * Election 2014: Background on the big races, endorsements, videos
        * Medical pot dilemma: Where to get the first seeds?
        * Vallas: Rauner “doesn’t get it” on minimum wage
        * Ex-state lawmaker could change plea in child porn case

        * Apple CEO: 'I'm proud to be gay'
        * Is this the cheapest price yet for college textbooks?
        * 10 Things to Do
        * Classy in the classroom
        * Allstate profit more than doubles


        * Durbin, Oberweis square off for final time
        * Refund those unfair yellow-light tickets
        * Sad day  when  Catholic  schools  close
        * Let’s not oversell CTA terrorist screenings
        * Let’s not oveRsell CTA terrorist screenings
        * Tourism biz should be more transparent
        * Emanuel: ‘World is different now,’ defends CTA random bag checks
        * Schneider, Dold fighting for the Jewish vote in 10th District: Sweet
        * Off-duty correctional officer shot; wounded suspect arrested at hospital
        * Man awaiting trial on sex assault charges accused of murder


        * Man charged in downtown convenience store robberies
        * Police shoot man in Back of the Yards
        * Waukegan school district, teachers announce tentative contract
        * Trauma center protesters target U. of C. capital campaign
        * U of C: No deal with nurses by Friday; union eyes strike vote
        * Teen shot in Marquette Park
        * Durbin touts record; Oberweis blasts 'political speak'
        * In video, mother tells how she wrapped newborn in plastic, put him in trash
        * Cops: Elgin man charged with murder in park stabbing
        * Cardinal: Closing 7 schools unavoidable in cash-strapped district


        * As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions Of Gallons Of Water Lost
        * Authorities: Springfield Woman's BAC Three Times The Legal Limit
        * 2014 Election Coverage: Citizens, here's your homework!
        * Aldermen skip chance to ask about city’s handling of police commander
        * Immigrant Rights Groups: Demand Oustrips Slots For Driver's Licenses
        * U-S Senate Candidates Differ On Ebola Response And More
        * Listen to State Week - October 24, 2014
        * A Look At Amazon's Move To Illinois
        * Bedrock 66: Charlie Parr Plays Springfield Friday
        * What's New With The Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony? Quite A Lot


        * Eugene Robinson: Ben Bradlee and the whole story
        * George Will: In Georgia, a capitalist struggles
        * Richard Dye and Richard Winkel Jr: Illinois’ fiscal situation is worse than you know or candidates will admit
        * Steve Herr: Benedictine in the administrative age
        * Quote of the Day: Thursday, Oct. 30
        * On Lincoln’s Side: A Just Pardon
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Bell accuses Scherer of ‘illegally’ taking tax break while he got same exemption
        * Judge denies ex-representative new bribery trial
        * Bill Edley: Will history repeat itself in the 17th?
        * Michael Gerson: A matter of ends


        * Daily business briefing: Stimulus ends, dollar strengthens
        * Part of Moline's 15th Street closed today
        * Temperatures taking a scary turn
        * SIU retention numbers up from last year
        * New-Gazette Publisher John Foreman 10/30/2014
        * Police wonder: Why is this many giving out money to metro-east children?
        * Police wonder: Why is this man giving out money to metro-east children?
        * Clerk and sheriff seats contested in Saline County
        * Illinois bands corner
        * Jim Dey: Centennial senior keeps eye on master goal


        * Chicago adds 2 electric buses with federal grant
        * Memory quilt to preserve New Lenox
        * 2nd round of Illinois marijuana patients to apply
        * Ex-Pekin youth pastor charged in child porn case
        * WhatsApp founders own nearly $9B in Facebook stock

        * Patrick Cannon defense strategy rare but n...
        * Feds fine Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign com...
        * Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces sen...
        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Sends Letter...
        * Rep. candidate pushes to uphold marriage b...
        * Reps. Schakowsky and Waxman Introduce Bill...
        * Statement by Representative Jan Schakowsky...
        * U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning An...
        * FAA Rejects Call For New O'Hare Noise Stud...
        * Representatives Quigley, Duckworth, Schako...

        * Amazon To Open First Illinois Distribution......
        * Illinois' US Senate candidates spar in las......
        * Dems rush to save suddenly vulnerable incu......
        * DCCC Head, Rep. Steve Israel: ‘We’re In Tr......
        * DCCC Head, Rep. Steve Israel: ‘We’re In Tr......

        * Hearing on ISIS's Atrocities Against Women......

        * Republican Jim Oberweis to speak in Englewood
        * Boo! Chicago Center for Green Technology closes
        * Beachwood Photo Booth: Skully Bungalow
        * Many Questions But Few Answers At Red Light Camera Hearings
        * Protestors Shutdown Wicker Park Intersection Tuesday Night
        * Have gift cards replaced turkeys as 21st Century preference for buying a vote?
        * The Off-Year Infections
        * Facebook To Hold Q&As With Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates
        * Facebook To Host Q&As With Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates
        * Report: Emanuel's $13 Minimum Wage Plan Would 'Shortchange' Women, Minority Workers


        * Another Democrat Runs Away From Pat Quinn
        * Quinn on buying votes with taxpayer money: “Is that a crime?”
        * Editorial: Ebola politics and health practices
        * Governor Pat Quinn Directs State Education Chief to Help Reach Resolution in Waukegan Local Teachers' Strike
        * Governor Quinn Announces Cronus Has Chosen Illinois for New $1.4 Billion Fertilizer Plant - Major Expansion Project to Create Thousands of Jobs in Central Illinois




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller