Election board in Cicero lets Dominick remain on ballot
BY BECKY SCHLIKERMAN Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org January 16, 2013 2:24PM
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: January 16, 2013 6:26PM
Cicero Town President Larry Dominick can remain on the Feb. 26 ballot, an election board ruled unanimously Wednesday to claps and cheers from Dominick’s supporters.
The three-member panel ruled against challengers who were trying to get Dominick tossed off the ballot for alleged unpaid license and permit fees.
Those challengers alleged 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 also alleged 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.
But the election board determined that without prior complaints to the town about the unpaid fees, which could have included tickets against Dominick, it couldn’t determine if Dominick owed money because it’s not within its jurisdiction.
The challengers vow to appeal in circuit court.
One challenger and opponent said the message in Dominick’s victory is “Larry Dominick can do anything.”
“If it would have been anybody else that is not an insider, they would have gotten ticketed for not getting the proper construction permit,” said Juan Ochoa, one of the challengers who is running against Dominick for town president.
A spokesman for Dominick brushed off the claims.
“They threw everything going back seven years in front of an independent election board that determined none of it was accurate,” the spokesman, Ray Hanania said.
Last week, Dominick testified he’s never ordered major work done on his home’s garage. He also denied being a partner in Hunter’s company.