Cicero Town President Larry Dominick’s wife files for divorce
BY STEVE WARMBIR Staff Reporteremail@example.com November 7, 2012 7:32PM
Cicero town president Larry Dominick leaves the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn, with wife Elizabeth at day's end Tuesday July 5, 2011. He is fighting a federal civil suit filed by plaintiff Merced Rojas. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times
Updated: December 9, 2012 7:37PM
Once, Cicero Town President Larry Dominick and his wife, Elizabeth, were the smiling, happy couple, appearing hand in hand at town events.
This week, they are trading allegations of abuse.
Elizabeth Dominick — who quit her job earlier this year as the director of the town’s health clinic after citing “horrific mental abuse” on the job — filed for divorce this week from her husband. She cites “abuse” as the grounds, with no further details. She was making more than $80,000 a year in her town job.
Larry Dominick, through Town Spokesman Ray Hanania, shot back in a statement; “Larry Dominick has never been abusive to Elizabeth or to anyone else in his life in fact the only victim of abuse in his current marriage is Larry Dominick.”
Elizabeth Dominick, 55, did not return a phone message Wednesday.
In the statement, Larry Dominick said he has been estranged from his wife for more than a year, that she had deep-seated “emotional issues” and that he had urged her to seek medical attention.
When she left her job, Elizabeth Dominick departed with a bang, telling the Sun-Times she hated working at the town, in part because many top town managers did not regularly show up to work.
She said her only regret in leaving was “that I failed in leading more people to Christ.”
Elizabeth Dominick married the town president in December 2006 and soon after, she was hired for her town job. As part of the divorce, she is seeking the couple’s residence in Cicero, according to the filing.
Various activities of the Town of Cicero government have attracted the interest of federal law enforcement. While Elizabeth Dominick has previously acknowledged speaking to FBI agents, she said it was only in relation to personal threats she had received and that she was unaware of any wrongdoing in town government.