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Cicero election draws grand jury subpoenas, sources say

Updated: April 2, 2013 6:22AM

Grand jury subpoenas seeking evidence of potential voter intimidation and fraud during this week’s Cicero election have been issued, sources confirmed for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Town President Larry Dominick sailed to victory for his third term as leader of the western suburb Tuesday, easily besting challengers Juan Ochoa and Joe Pontarelli.

But his win came amid scathing allegations from Cook County Clerk David Orr, who claimed in a letter to Town of Cicero attorney Michael Del Galdo that “uniformed employees of the town” knocked on voters’ doors and “questioned them about their voting intentions or actions.”

Orr said that easily could have been construed as an attempt at voter intimidation, but a Cicero town spokesman has said the real intimidation came from the Ochoa team.

Now a source has confirmed that Ochoa’s campaign received grand jury subpoenas from Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s office on Feb. 22 seeking any and all evidence related to voter intimidation.

A separate source said subpoenas also have reached Cicero Town Hall, and the investigation by Alvarez’s election fraud unit also could explore a large number of absentee ballots pulled during the election.

This year, 2,418 mail ballots were requested by voters in Cicero. Typically, just a few hundred have been requested. In November, 399 were requested, according to data from the Cook County Clerk’s office.

This is the first suburban primary election since Illinois law changed to allow any voter to vote by mail — one possible explanation for the surge in mail ballots.

Contributing: Becky Schlikerman

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