Cicero’s Larry Dominick denies rivals’ charges at electoral board hearing
BY BECKY SCHLIKERMAN Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org January 11, 2013 9:50PM
Cicero Town President Larry Dominick testifies. The Cicero election board holds a hearing to determine if Dominick should be removed from the ballot after allegations about a no-bid, no contract million-dollar town job. Friday, January 11, 2013. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times
Updated: October 7, 2013 10:29PM
Cicero Town President Larry Dominick denied Friday that he has ever been a partner in a controversial plumbing company, as his opponents try to get him thrown off the ballot because of alleged unpaid license fees incurred by that company.
At a hearing before an appointed electoral board, Dominick calmly responded to questions by lawyers representing his political challengers.
Those challengers, who include Juan Ochoa, are trying to get Dominick thrown off the ballot for unpaid license and permit fees. They allege Dominick was a partner in a plumbing company owned by George Hunter, and that the company owes the town for years of business licenses. The challengers in the Feb. 26 election are also alleging that Dominick built or expanded a new garage at his home, but didn’t have permits and didn’t pay the permit rate to the town.
If these allegations are proven, Dominick could be disqualified.
He said he has known Hunter for nearly two decades, saying the two used to go to riverboat casinos together. But Dominick said they never did business together.
“Did the two of you ever engage in any business enterprise?” asked attorney James Nally.
“No,” Dominick responded without hesitation.
Hunter was just as sure.
The gruff plumber said “no” when asked if Dominick had ever been a business partner.
Their relationship has come into question before.
In 2011, the Sun-Times reported that Hunter’s company, then named Superior Sewer Solution, got more than $1.8 million worth of work from the town without a contract and without submitting a bid.
In court depositions for a lawsuit filed by one of Dominick’s brothers against the town, several people testified Hunter and Dominick were partners in a sewer business in the 1990s.
While Hunter received the windfall, the plumber bought Dominick’s Stickney home for $100,000 more than the town president paid for it.
In 2006, the year before he bought the house from Dominick, Hunter listed that Stickney address as his business address.
Though he couldn’t recall exactly when he moved into the house, Hunter couldn’t deny one thing.
“Who did you buy the property from?” Hunter was asked Friday.
“Larry Dominick,” the plumber answered.