CHICAGO, IL, February 18, 2014 – Who will be the next American politician to follow in the repulsive steps of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner or Anthony Weiner? That booby prize belongs to Larry Dominick, the town president of Cicero, Illinois.
In Cicero, a city located just South West of Chicago, taxpayers foot the bill for more than city services. In August, Cicero attorneys announced a $675,000 settlement in a sexual harassment case filed four years ago alleging abuses by Dominick.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYTZ4Vm2WTw[/youtube]
The suit was filed by Cicero cop, Janidet Lujano and follows Cicero agreeing to pay former town employee Sharon Starzcyk half a million dollars after she filed a suit claiming Dominick attacked her and flooded her cellphone with dirty text messages.
“He would make vulgar comments about things he wanted to do to me sexually,” Ana Maria Roja, another Cicero employee, said. Dominick has answered his critics in a videotaped deposition, one that doesn’t really help his case.
ATTORNEY: Have you ever referred to any woman’s breasts in the workplace as ‘titties?’
ATTORNEY: Have you ever referred to women as sluts?
ATTORNEY: Does the town of Cicero have a zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment?
ATTORNEY: What does that mean?
DOMINICK: It means there’s zero tolerance. You can’t talk like that, you can’t touch ‘em.
In the video, Dominick shrugs, furrows his brow in annoyance and confusion. He stretches when he says this. It seems like hard work. You can’t touch ‘em? This isn’t the first sexual harassment case town attorneys have settled for Larry Dominick and it probably won’t be the last.
Here’s a short list of Dominick’s other expenditures to benefit the residents of Cicero:
– In 2011, Dominick used town funds to create a comic book of himself as a Santa Claus-type figure giving gifts to the poor.
– Since 2005, Cicero has spent more than $600,000 to a company owned by a town board members on promotional items, most bearing Dominick’s name, including 250 rubber chickens, 9,500 backscratchers, 6,000 custom balloons, and 11,200 beach balls amongst the loot given to voters.
– $120,000 spent on hot dogs from Dog Stop, another business owned by two Cicero consultants. Dog Stop is owned by Jeff and Craig Pesek, who were caught on FBI tape discussing the bombing of a Berwyn business with Mark Polchan, and were later convicted of the crime. Polchan is a top associate of mob boss Michael Sarno. The Peseks also own a downtown Chicago nightclub with a convicted drug dealer.
– Library board Craig Pesek voted himself free healthcare for life. His brother, Jeff, doles out no-bid contracts as head of Cicero’s Morton School district.
– Dominick has proudly carried on the town’s corrupt legacy by putting twenty of his relatives on the town payroll including Dominick’s mother, sister, brother-in-law, his wife, the mother of his son’s child, her parents and daughter-in-law, the daughter-in-law’s sister, Dominick’s ex-wife, and on and on.
– Urquhart Media’s Dan Proft earned more than $1 million a year in fees representing the town. He was paid a separate $300,000 to represent a single Cicero building. Proft is now a speaker with the Illinois Opportunity Project, run by John Tillman, which also pays Proft a consulting fee and contributes to his second campaign for Illinois governor, touting reform.
But Dominick, unlike San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, won’t even be stuck with the legal fees. Cicero taxpayers will. Other cases of sexual harassment have been filed against Dominick and are still pending.
Unfortunately, Cicero, the former home of Al Capone, is the land of coarse politicians. The town’s former president Betty Loren Maltese was convicted of bilking $12 million from the city’s coffers and sentenced to eight years in federal prison.
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s parade of a dozen women claiming sexual harassment is repugnant but it looks like Cicero’s Larry Dominick has got him beat.
Dominick was re-elected for a third term. Only in Illinois.Click here for reuse options!
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