Officials Keep Extra Eyes On Cicero Election

Congressman Luis Gutierrez last week called for a probe of voter intimidation allegations in Cicero

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013  |  Updated 10:49 AM CDT
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Officials Keep Extra Eyes On Cicero Election

TheTownofCicero.com

Cicero President Larry Dominick

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Extra eyes are on south suburban Chicago as the town of Cicero comes closer to picking a new leader.

Congressman Luis Gutierrez last week called for a probe of voter intimidation allegations in Cicero along with Juan Ochoa, who's challenging current Town President Larry Dominick in the Tuesday primary.

Both want Cook County Clerk David Orr and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez to investigate allegations that Dominick's supporters, including town employees, tried to intimidate Latino voters requesting mail-in ballots. Most Cicero residents are Latino.

However, Cicero officials say they were investigating what appeared to be ballot irregularities. Town spokesman Ray Hanania says there was a jump in absentee ballots. In the past, roughly 400 absentee ballots were requested. About 2,000 went out this year.

Orr says his office would look at all allegations.

Dominick denies wrongdoing.

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