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New COVID-19 restrictions on Alcohol sales begins Friday Oct. 23, 2020

Cicero spokesman Ray Hanania addresses the Cicero Chamber of Commerce at a panel discussion on Wednesday Feb. 26, 2020 featuring editors of the local community news media.

New COVID-19 restrictions on Alcohol sales begins Friday Oct. 23, 2020

New Executive Order that impacts bars and restaurants prohibits drinking of alcohol after 10 PM, or the sale of alcohol for consumption on site by 9 pm
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Effective Friday, October 23, 2020 at noon regarding serving liquor:
Cease indoor and outdoor consumption of alcohol at 10:00 p.m. Restaurants and food establishments may continue to serve food for indoor and outdoor dining after 10:00 p.m.
Cicero spokesman Ray Hanania addresses the Cicero Chamber of Commerce at a panel discussion on Wednesday Feb. 26, 2020 featuring editors of the local community news media.
Cicero spokesman Ray Hanania addresses the Cicero Chamber of Commerce at a panel discussion
All bars that serve alcohol for on-site consumption must end alcohol service at 9:00 p.m. before closing at 10:00 p.m.
Cease all sales of alcoholic liquor for off-premises consumption between 10:00 p.m. and the following day at the hour at which the licensee is permitted to resume.
Restaurants or establishments serving food may continue operating after 10:00 p.m. to serve food and provide curb-side pick-up or carry-out delivery of food.
Carry-out or delivery of alcohol after 10:00 p.m. is prohibited.
Prominently post signage, in a form prescribed by the Town’s Local Liquor Commissioner or Deputy Local Liquor Commissioner at each publicly accessible entrance to the establishment and in any area of the establishment where alcoholic liquor is sold, informing patrons of the 10:00 p.m. closure or cessation of alcoholic liquor for sale.
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The full order is printed below:
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COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 2020-12
WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation (the “Disaster Proclamation”) due to the impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) and declared all counties in the State of Illinois as a disaster area, which has been continually renewed at least every thirty (30) days and on March 13, 2020 and President Donald Trump issued a proclamation declaring a national emergency concerning the COVID-19 outbreak; and
WHEREAS, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-43 on June 26, 2020, that affirmed a local government body may enact provisions that are stricter than those in the Executive Order; and
WHEREAS, recently there has been a rapid rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the past two weeks in the region; and
WHEREAS, it remains imperative to maintain social distancing and not permit groups of individuals across the Town of Cicero (the “Town”) to recklessly congregate and cluster at or near establishments that sell alcoholic liquor, in particular in the late evening, unacceptably placing their own health and the health of all residents in danger; and
WHEREAS, due to the lack of social distancing and crowds of people gathering at businesses and storefronts, in addition to stores not enforcing mask requirements, the risk of transmission of COVID-19 continues to rise in the community; and
WHEREAS, in order to stop the devasting spread of COVID-19, all individuals in the Town and visitors of the Town must practice a strict and disciplined adherence to social distancing guidelines; and
WHEREAS, in an effort to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the Town and its residents, it is necessary and appropriate to take immediate measures in response to stopping the spread of COVID-19;
NOW, THEREFORE, by the powers vested in me as the President of the Town of Cicero, and pursuant to Chapter 34 of the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Cicero, Illinois (the “Town Code”), I hereby declare that a state of emergency exists within the Town of Cicero and order the following:
SECTION 1: Effective Friday, October 23, 2020 at noon, any establishment operating in the Town as a restaurant, or bar that serves liquor, and/or maintains an outdoor patio license or sidewalk cafe permit issued in association with such license shall abide by the following:
(a) Cease indoor and outdoor consumption of alcohol at 10:00 p.m. Restaurants and food establishments may continue to serve food for indoor and outdoor dining after 10:00 p.m.
(b) All bars that serve alcohol for on-site consumption must end alcohol service at 9:00 p.m. before closing at 10:00 p.m.
(c) Cease all sales of alcoholic liquor for off-premises consumption between 10:00 p.m. and the following day at the hour at which the licensee is permitted to resume alcoholic liquor sales as provided by Chapter 10, Section 10-58 of the Town Code or as otherwise provided in the Town Code, ordinance, or executive order.
(d) All persons licensed to sell liquor for consumption off-premises including, but not limited to restaurants, bars, liquor stores, convenience stores, mini marts, and grocery stores, and any other establishment in which liquor is sold for consumption off­ premises shall cease all sales of alcoholic liquor at 10:00 p.m.
(e) Restaurants or establishments serving food may continue operating after 10:00 p.m. to serve food and provide curb-side pick-up or carry-out delivery of food. Carry-out or delivery of alcohol after 10:00 p.m. is prohibited.
(f) Prominently post signage, in a form prescribed by the Town’s Local Liquor Commissioner or Deputy Local Liquor Commissioner at each publicly accessible entrance to the establishment and in any area of the establishment where alcoholic liquor is sold, informing patrons of the 10:00 p.m. closure or cessation of alcoholic liquor for sale.
SECTION 2: Pursuant to Chapter 50, Section 50-37 and Chapter 10, Section 10-4, of the Town Code, in conjunction with enforcement authority granted in the Town Code to the following officers, this Executive Order may be enforced by the Town’s Police Department, and the Town’s Local Liquor Commissioner and Deputy Local Liquor Commissioner.
SECTION 3: In addition to any other penalty provided by law, any person who violates this Executive Order shall be subject to arrest pursuant to Chapter 50, Section 50-40 of the Town Code. Further, any business that violates this Executive Order shall be subject to sanctions, including but not limited to, closure pursuant to Chapter 10, Section 10-70 of the Town Code, and suspension or revocation of liquor license.
SECTION 4: All guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (the “CDC”) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (“IDPH”) shall continue to remain in effect for all businesses and establishments in the Town including, but not limited to, maintaining a social distance of at least six (6) feet, wearing proper face coverings as recommended by the CDC, and operating at the capacity limits established by IDPH.
SECTION 5: This Executive Order does not grant any licensee any privilege to sell liquor in contravention of, or less restrictively than allowed by any other applicable ordinance or Executive Order, or the license held by the licensee.
SECTION 6: This Executive Order shall remain in effect until a determination that the threat to public health posed by COVID-19 has diminished to the point that this Executive Order can be safely repealed, or until amended, superseded or rescinded.
SECTION 7: This Executive Order shall be distributed in accordance with the Town
Code.
SECTION 8: This Executive Order is not intended to, and does not, except as specifically set forth herein, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the Town of Cicero, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person. This Executive Order shall be deposited and kept immediately available on file for inspection in the office of the Town Clerk.
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Cicero Chamber supports Effort to extend 2020 Census Deadline

Cicero Chamber supports extension of 2020 Census filing deadline from Oct. 6, 2020 to Oct. 31, 2020

Cicero Chamber supports Effort to extend 2020 Census Deadline

The Cicero Chamber of Commerce joined Chambers throughout Illinois and the country in advocating the extension of the deadline to complete the 2020 Census from Oct. 6 through October 31, 2020.

The extension is important to ensure that residents have enough time to complete the Census forms and strengthen their community claims to Federal funding and programs.

Our letter below was among many distributed by local officials to U.S. Census officials.

Here is the letter:

Cicero Chamber supports extension of 2020 Census filing deadline from Oct. 6, 2020 to Oct. 31, 2020

Oct. 4, 2020

The Honorable Frank Aguilar
Cook County Commissioner
Via email: Frank.Aguilar@cookcountyil.gov

Dear Commissioner Aguilar:

The Cicero Chamber of Commerce with more than 350 business members, is proud to support you in your effort to extend the deadline for the filing of the 2020 Census Form.

A complete count of the 2020 Census is important to all of the nation’s communities and especially to the Town of Cicero. A complete count ensures that the Town of Cicero receives the funding it needs to support not only its residents but also it’s business community.

The owners and employees of the businesses in the Town of Cicero which total more than 7,000 people urge the U.S. Census to extend the deadline for Americans to complete the 2020 Census Forms beyond the current anticipated deadline of Wednesday Oct. 6, 2020.

Thank you Commissioner Aguilar for conveying our concerns to the U.S. Census officials.

Very sincerely yours

RAY HANANIA

Ray Hanania
Acting Director, Cicero Chamber of Commerce
CiceroChamberofCommerce@gmail.com

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President Dominick announces Amazon to open two fulfillment centers in Cicero

Bridge Development rendering of properties located at 14th and Laramie in the Town of Cicero. Image courtesy of Bridge Development

President Dominick announces Amazon to open two fulfillment centers in Cicero

New warehouse will reduce tax burden on Cicero residents by generating business real estate tax revenues and create hundreds of new job opportunities for Cicero residents

The Town of Cicero has been selected as the newest location in the expansion of the mega-retailer Amazon following negotiations with Town President Larry Dominick.

Dominick said Amazon, which employs more than 23,000 full and part-time workers in Illinois, plans to hire 15,000 more workers to staff fulfillment centers in several planned new warehouse sites including two that will open in Cicero.

The Amazon fulfillment center, which processes online orders from its popular website, will be located in two 575,000 square feet warehouses operated by Bridgepoint 290 Partners (Bridge Development Partners) and located at 1400 S. Laramie Avenue.

Bridge Development rendering of properties located at 14th and Laramie in the Town of Cicero. Image courtesy of Bridge Development
Bridge Development rendering of properties located at 14th and Laramie in the Town of Cicero. Image courtesy of Bridge Development

 

Dominick negotiated the expansion of Bridgepoint to Cicero with the opening of their first location in 2017 and the inauguration of a second location that opened in 2018.

“Cicero has become one of the most popular destinations for the building of new businesses and new industries, and for the expansion of existing business chains,” President Dominick said Wednesday Aug. 19, 2020.

“We have welcomed many new major retail businesses to Cicero including Walmart, Menards, Break Through Beverage (formerly Wirtz Beverage), Bimbo Bakery, Sonic Restaurant, Fuller’s Car Wash and CubeSmart storage, to just name a few. They have all chosen Cicero because of the benefits that the Town’s location offers.”

Rendering of Bridge Development Partners property in Cicero
Rendering of Bridge Development Partners property in Cicero

 

Dominick said that since taking office in 2005, his priorities have included making Cicero one of the safest communities in the Chicagoland region, and converting abandoned industrial lands for business development.

Dominick said the new businesses will not only generate new real estate property tax revenues that will reduce the tax burden on residents, but will also create new jobs and employment opportunities for Cicero’s residents.

“I understand that Amazon is already advertising for the new jobs that their fulfillment warehouse locations will be creating,” Dominick said.

“The fact that these major national companies have selected Cicero as their new location is a testament to the success we are enjoying as a community in making the Town of Cicero a much sought-after destination.”

Dominick said he had several meetings with Amazon representatives during the past year. And while Cicero touted its many advantages, Dominick said no incentives were requested or given to seal Amazon’s site selection decision.

“The taxpayers are not paying to get these businesses. These businesses want to be here,” Dominick said.

Bridge Development Partners bought a 33-acre property in Cicero in 2018, with plans for its latest venture into the hot industrial market.

The Chicago-based developer bought the land at 1400 South Laramie Avenue for for $11.7 million from Meridian Rail Corporation. It plans to build two industrial buildings on the site, one about 343,000 square feet and the other about 233,000 square feet, according to Cook County documents.

The complex would be next to Bridge Development’s Bridge Point 290 facility at 1531 South 54th Avenue, a 323,000-square-foot industrial building, purchased in 2017.

 

El Presidente de Cicero Larry Dominick anuncia que El Almacén de Amazon abrirá dos Centros Logísticos en Cicero

Los nuevos almacenes reducirán la carga de impuestos para los residentes de Cicero, al generar ingresos fiscales sobre bienes raíces comerciales y creará cientos de nuevas oportunidades de trabajo para los residentes de Cicero

Cicero, IL, Agosto 19, 2020 –El municipio de Cicero ha sido seleccionado como la más nueva ubicación en los planes de expansión del mega almacén minorista Amazon, luego de las negociaciones con el presidente de Cicero, Larry Dominick.

Dominick dijo que Amazon, que emplea a más de 23.000 trabajadores a tiempo completo y parcial en Illinois, planea contratar a unos 15.000 trabajadores más en varios nuevos sitios de almacenamiento planificados, incluidos dos que se abrirán en Cicero.

El centro logístico de Amazon, que procesa pedidos en línea desde su popular sitio web, estará ubicado en dos almacenes de 575,000 pies cuadrados operados por el consorcio “Bridgepoint 290 Partners” sobre la avenida 1400 S. Laramie Avenue.

Dominick negoció la expansión de “Bridgepoint 290 Partners” en Cicero con la apertura de su primera ubicación en el año 2017 y la inauguración de una segunda ubicación que abrió en el 2018.

“Cicero se ha convertido en uno de los destinos más populares para la construcción de nuevos negocios y nuevas industrias, y para la expansión de las cadenas comerciales existentes”, dijo el presidente Dominick el miércoles 19 de agosto de 2020.

“Hemos dado la bienvenida en Cicero a muchos nuevos negocios minoristas importantes, incluidos ‘Walmart’, ‘Menards’, ‘ Through Beverage’ (antes Wirtz Beverage), ‘Bimbo Bakery’, ‘Sonic Restaurant’, ‘Fuller’s Car Wash’ y ‘CubeSmart Storage’, para nombrar solo algunos. Todos han elegido Cicero por los beneficios que ofrece la ubicación de nuestra ciudad”.

Dominick dijo que desde que asumió el cargo en el año 2005, sus prioridades han incluido hacer de Cicero una de las comunidades más seguras en el área de Chicago y transformar las propiedades  industriales abandonadas para impulsar el desarrollo comercial.

Dominick dijo que los nuevos negocios no solo generarán nuevos ingresos para impuestos a la propiedad inmobiliaria que reducirán la carga fiscal sobre los residentes, sino que también crearán nuevos puestos de trabajo y oportunidades de empleo para los residentes de Cicero.

“Entiendo que Amazon ya está anunciando los nuevos puestos de trabajo que crearán en las ubicaciones de sus almacenes”, dijo Dominick.

“El hecho de que estas importantes empresas nacionales hayan seleccionado a Cicero como su nueva ubicación, es un testimonio del éxito que estamos disfrutando como comunidad, al hacer de la ciudad de Cicero un destino muy solicitado”.

Dominick dijo que tuvo varias reuniones con representantes de Amazon a través del año pasado. Y aunque Cicero promocionó sus muchas ventajas, Dominick aseguró que no se solicitaron ni se otorgaron incentivos extras para sellar la decisión del sitio electo por Amazon.

“Los contribuyentes no están pagando absolutamente nada para conseguir estos negocios. Estas empresas quieren estar aquí”, dijo el Presidente Larry Dominick.

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COVID-19 restrictions eased for Restaurants, Bars and Salons

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COVID-19 restrictions eased for Restaurants, Bars and Salons

The Town of Cicero Business License Department released new guidelines based on the directives set by the STate of Illinois for the expansion of services by restaurants, bars and salons during the coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic.

For further information or details, contact Business License Director Ismael Vargas.

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Here are each of the notices separated (Bars, Salons, Restaurants) to make it easier for each industry to focus on their concerns.

BARS

Attention Cicero Businesses:

We are happy to announce, by order of the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois, that all bars can open for temporary outdoor-person dining beginning, Monday, June 01st, 2020. For all the bars in Cicero, we will be allowing a TEMPORARY opportunity to have outdoor-person dining during the COVID-19 pandemic or until further notice. However, prior to opening your establishment for temporary outdoor-person dining, you must submit a plan and sketch detailing how and where you will have the outdoor-dining service offered to the public by email to ivargas@thetownofcicero.com along with your phone number, and I, the Business License Director, will contact you when everything has been temporarily approved. If you are not able to submit said plans and drawings via email you may also come and submit them in person to the Town of Cicero’s Business License Department. Your sketch must include the location of where you will be placing the temporary outdoor dining service and measurements of how far apart you plan to have the tables, chairs, host podium, etc. There is still NO DINE-IN allowed in any bars at this time.

In addition, all bars must continue to follow the Illinois Department of Commerce guidelines at all times. All guidelines can be found attached to this letter and can also be found online at https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo /pages/restoreILP3.aspx. All signs that need to be displayed at your establishment when you open for outdoor-person dining can also be found at said website. In addition, all bars in Cicero must follow the Noise Ordinance during if planning to have outdoor dining.

Any businesses defying this order or the Illinois Department of Commerce guidelines will be shut down immediately and may be issued a ticket or ordinance violation and may have their business and liquor license suspended or revoked. Our Town President Larry Dominick and Board of Trustees are working together to make our community a safe place for all of our residents and businesses. So we ask for your understanding so we can all work together in keeping our Town as safe as possible during these times. Should you have any additional questions or concerns please contact us at 708-656-3600 Ext. 165 and we will be more than happy to address your questions or concerns.

We know that together we will overcome this unfortunate situation.

Atención Negocios de la Cuidad de Cícero:

Estamos contentos de anunciar, por la orden de la Oficina del Gobernador del Estado de Illinois, que todas las bares pueden abrir temporalmente solo para comer afuera al aire libre “temporary outdoor-person dining” a partir de lunes, 01 de Junio de 2020. Para todos los bares de Cícero estaremos permitiendo una oportunidad TEMPORAL de cenar en persona al aire libre durante la pandemia COVID-19 o hasta nuevo aviso. Sin embargo, antes de abrir su establecimiento para temporalmente comer al aire libre, usted debe enviar por correo electrónico planes y dibujos detallando cómo y dónde tendrá el servicio de comida al aire libre ofrecido al público a ivargas@thetownofcicero.com junto con su número de teléfono y yo, el Director de Licencias de Negocios, me pondré en contacto con usted cuando todo haya sido aprobado temporalmente. Si no puedes enviar dichos planes y dibujos por correo electrónico, también puedes venir al Departamento de Licencias de Negocios de la Ciudad de Cícero para entregarlos. Su dibujo debe incluir en donde va a colocar el servicio de comedor al aire libre y las medidas de lo lejos que planea tener las mesas, sillas, etc. Todavía NO SE PERMITE COMER ADENTRO DEL LOS BARES “DINE-IN” en este momento.

Además, todos los bares deben seguir las reglas del Departamento de Comercio de Illinois en todo momento. Todas las reglas se pueden encontrar adjuntas a esta carta y también se pueden encontrar en línea en https:// www2.illinois.gov/dceo/pages/restoreILP3.aspx. Todos los letreros que necesitan ser mostrados en su establecimiento cuando usted abre para servir comida al aire libre se pueden encontrar en dicho sitio web. Además, todos los bares de Cícero deben seguir la Ordenanza de Ruido durante la planificación de comer al aire libre.

Los negocios que desafían esta orden o las reglas del Departamento de Comercio de Illinois serán cerrados inmediatamente y pueden recibir una multa o una infracción de la Ordenanza y pueden tener sus licencias de negocio y licor suspendidas o revocadas. El presidente de la ciudad, Larry Dominick y la Mesa de Directivos están trabajando juntos para hacer nuestra comunidad un lugar seguro para todos nuestros residentes y negocios. Así que pedimos su cooperación para que todos podamos trabajar juntos en mantener nuestra ciudad lo más segura posible durante estos tiempos. Si tiene cualquier pregunta adicional o preocupaciones por favor póngase en contacto con nosotros al 708-656-3600 Ext. 165.

Sabemos que juntos superaremos esta desafortunada situación.

 

Salons

Attention Cicero Businesses:

We are happy to announce, by order of the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois all Barber, Beauty, and Nail Salons can open beginning, Monday, June 01st, 2020. However, all said businesses must follow the Illinois Department of Commerce Guidelines at all times. All guidelines can be found attached to this letter and can also be found online at https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/pages/ restoreILP3.aspx. All signs needing to be displayed at your establishment when you open can also be found at said website.

Any businesses defying this order will be shut down immediately and may be issued a ticket or ordinance violation and may have their business licenses suspended or revoked. Our Town President Larry Dominick and Board of Trustees are working together to make our community a safe place for all of our residents and businesses. So we ask for your understanding so we can all work together in keeping our Town as safe as possible during these times. Should you have any additional questions or concerns please contact us at 708-656-3600 Ext. 165 and we will be more than happy to address your questions or concerns.

We know that together we will overcome this unfortunate situation.

 

Atención Negocios de la Cuidad de Cícero:

Estamos contentos de anunciar, por orden de la Oficina del Gobernador del Estado de Illinois todos los Salones de Peluquería, Belleza y Uñas pueden abrir a partir del lunes, 01 de junio de 2020. Sin embargo, todas estas empresas deben seguir las reglas del Departamento de Comercio de Illinois en todo momento. Todas las reglas se pueden encontrar adjuntas a esta carta y también se pueden encontrar en línea en https://www2.illinois .gov/dceo/pages/restoreILP3.aspx. Todos los letreros que necesitan ser mostrados en su establecimiento cuando usted abre se pueden encontrar en dicho sitio web.

Los negocios que desafían esta orden serán cerrados inmediatamente y pueden recibir una multa o una infracción de la Ordenanza y pueden tener sus licencias de negocio suspendidas o revocadas. El presidente de la ciudad, Larry Dominick y la Mesa de Directivos están trabajando juntos para hacer nuestra comunidad un lugar seguro para todos nuestros residentes y negocios. Así que pedimos su cooperación para que todos podamos trabajar juntos en mantener nuestra ciudad lo más segura posible durante estos tiempos. Si tiene cualquier pregunta adicional o preocupaciones por favor póngase en contacto con nosotros al 708-656-3600 Ext. 165.

Sabemos que juntos superaremos esta desafortunada situación.

Restaurants

Attention Cicero Businesses:

We are happy to announce, by order of the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois, all restaurants may now allow customers to enter the establishment to place their food orders for carry-out or to pick-up their food orders. However, there may only be 2-3 customers inside the establishment at a time and they must be standing 6 feet apart while they wait to receive their orders. There is still NO DINE-IN allowed in any restaurants at this time.

We are also happy to announce, by order of the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois, that all restaurants can open for temporary outdoor-person dining beginning, Monday, June 01st, 2020. For all the restaurants in Cicero, we will be allowing a TEMPORARY opportunity to have outdoor-person dining during the COVID-19 pandemic or until further notice. However, prior to opening your establishment for temporary outdoor-person dining, you must submit a plan and sketch detailing how and where you will have the outdoor-dining service offered to the public by email to ivargas@thetownofcicero.com along with your phone number, and I, the Business License Director, will contact you when everything has been temporarily approved. If you are not able to submit said plans and drawings via email you may also come and submit them in person to the Town of Cicero’s Business License Department. Your sketch must include the location of where you will be placing the temporary outdoor dining service and measurements of how far apart you plan to have the tables, chairs, host podium, etc.

In addition, all restaurants must continue to follow the Illinois Department of Commerce guidelines at all times. All guidelines can be found attached to this letter and can also be found online at https://www2.illinois. gov/dceo/pages/restoreILP3.aspx. All signs that need to be displayed at your establishment when you open for outdoor-person dining can also be found at said website.

Any businesses defying this order or the Illinois Department of Commerce guidelines will be shut down immediately and may be issued a ticket or ordinance violation and may have their business license suspended or revoked. Our Town President Larry Dominick and Board of Trustees are working together to make our community a safe place for all of our residents and businesses. So we ask for your understanding so we can all work together in keeping our Town as safe as possible during these times. Should you have any additional questions or concerns please contact us at 708-656-3600 Ext. 165 and we will be more than happy to address your questions or concerns.

We know that together we will overcome this unfortunate situation.

 

Atención Negocios de la Cuidad de Cícero:

Estamos contentos de anunciar, por la orden de la Oficina del Gobernador del Estado de Illinois, que todos los restaurantes ahora pueden permitir a los clientes entrar en el establecimiento para poner su orden de comida para llevar o para recoger su orden de comida. Sin embargo, sólo puede haber 2-3 clientes dentro del establecimiento a la vez y deben estar separados a 6 pies mientras esperan para recibir su orden. Todavía NO SE PERMITE COMER ADENTRO DEL RESTAURANTE “DINE-IN”en este momento.

También estamos contentos de anunciar, por la orden de la Oficina del Gobernador del Estado de Illinois, que todas las restaurantes pueden abrir temporalmente solo para comer afuera al aire libre “temporary outdoor-person dining” a partir de lunes, 01 de Junio de 2020. Para todos los restaurantes de Cícero estaremos permitiendo una oportunidad TEMPORAL de cenar en persona al aire libre durante la pandemia COVID-19 o hasta nuevo aviso. Sin embargo, antes de abrir su establecimiento para temporalmente comer al aire libre, usted debe enviar por correo electrónico planes y dibujos detallando cómo y dónde tendrá el servicio de comida al aire libre ofrecido al público a ivargas@thetownofcicero.comjunto con su número de teléfono y yo, el Director de Licencias de Negocios, me pondré en contacto con usted cuando todo haya sido aprobado temporalmente. Si no puedes enviar dichos planes y dibujos por correo electrónico, también puedes venir al Departamento de Licencias de Negocios de la Ciudad de Cícero para entregarlos. Su dibujo debe incluir en donde va a colocar el servicio de comedor al aire libre y las medidas de lo lejos que planea tener las mesas, sillas, etc.

Además, todos los restaurantes deben seguir las reglas del Departamento de Comercio de Illinois en todo momento. Todas las reglas se pueden encontrar adjuntas a esta carta y también se pueden encontrar en línea en https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/pages/restoreILP3.aspx. Todos los letreros que necesitan ser mostrados en su establecimiento cuando usted abre para servir comida al aire libre se pueden encontrar en dicho sitio web.

Los negocios que desafían esta orden o las reglas del Departamento de Comercio de Illinois serán cerrados inmediatamente y pueden recibir una multa o una infracción de la Ordenanza y pueden tener sus licencias de negocio suspendidas o revocadas. El presidente de la ciudad, Larry Dominick y la Mesa de Directivos están trabajando juntos para hacer nuestra comunidad un lugar seguro para todos nuestros residentes y negocios. Así que pedimos su cooperación para que todos podamos trabajar juntos en mantener nuestra ciudad lo más segura posible durante estos tiempos. Si tiene cualquier pregunta adicional o preocupaciones por favor póngase en contacto con nosotros al 708-656-3600 Ext. 165.

Sabemos que juntos superaremos esta desafortunada situación.

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Experts discuss ways for businesses to survive Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic

Vanessa Parrish, Director of Corporate Education at Morton College

Video: Experts discuss ways for businesses to survive Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic

The Town of Cicero, the Cicero Chamber of Commerce and Morton College on May 19, 2020 hosted an online workshop to help businesses survive the coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic using Zoom online technology.

Speakers discussed ways to businesses to survive and explore strategies to adapt their businesses to the new environment of social distancing and personal contact restrictions.

Morton College business leader Ashley Swint discusses strategies for businesses to survive in the COVID-19 Pandemic during a Zoom Video Conference held on May 19, 2020 sponsored by Morton College, the Town of Cicero and the Cicero Chamber of Commerce.

A special Online, live Video Seminar with speakers who will help businesses navigate through the impact of the coronavirus.

Ashley Swint holds a BA in Fashion Marketing & Management and an MBA in Marketing. She is an Adjunct Business instructor at Morton College and have been teaching Business and Marketing courses in Higher Education for 10 years. Along with my classroom experience I have spent 15 years working in marketing both in Healthcare and Apparel sectors. Along with teaching, I run a marketing consulting firm for small businesses.

Ashley Swint, Adjunct Business instructor at Morton College and have been teaching Business and Marketing courses in Higher Education
Ashley Swint, Adjunct Business instructor at Morton College and have been teaching Business and Marketing courses in Higher Education

Vanessa Parrish, Director of Corporate Education at Morton College

As a graduate of Health Systems Management from Loyola University, Parrish has worked in healthcare the majority of my career, with the additional experience in business management.

Currently, Parrish is the Director of Corporate Education at Morton College.

Vanessa Parrish, Director of Corporate Education at Morton College
Vanessa Parrish, Director of Corporate Education at Morton College

Ismael Vargas is the Business License Department Director for the Town of Cicero. Vargas has been a community activist for years and is also the chairman of the Cicero Clergy Committee and a member of the Cicero Chamber of Commerce.

Ray Hanania is a former award winning Chicago City Hall reporter and now spokesman for the Town of Cicero. He is the coordinator for the New Cicero Chamber of Commerce and a veteran strategic communications consultant.

Ismael Vargas, Cicero Director of Business Licenses
Ismael Vargas, Cicero Director of Business Licenses

For information on the Live Webinar, Email Ray Hanania at RHanania@ThetownofCicero.com

Morton College, The Town of Cicero and the Cicero Chamber of Commerce will host more free online workshops to help local businesses. Check back here for more information regularly or subscribe to our free Chamber Newsletter.

Click here to view the video online or use the widget below to watch and listen to the seminar panelists.

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Cicero Emergency Operations Committee Update 03-31-20

Cicero Emergency Operations Committee Update 03-31-20

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The Governor of the State of Illinois has extended the Disaster Proclamation and “Stay at Home” order until at least 4/30/20. That date will be reviewed as this situation unfolds and is subject to change. 

COVID-19 Update: As of 3/31/20 at the time of this report, per the Cook County interactive mapping, we now have twenty-eight (28) residents with reported cases of COVID-19 in Cicero. Due to HIPAA laws regarding privacy, no other information will be released regarding this matter. 

The latest numbers reported statewide in Illinois as of the time of this memo are as follows: 937 new cases in Illinois for a total of reported COVID-19 5994 cases. 26 more deaths were reported in Illinois, bringing the total to 98 deaths. The current total reported cases of 
COVID -19 in the US is 180,789 with 3580 deaths. Worldwide COVID-19 cases now total 846,156 with 41,261 deaths. 

NURSING CENTERS: Both City View and Alden Manor reported no incidents regarding COVID-19 today. City View however is waiting for three (3) COVID 19 test results. Alden Manor is waiting four (4) COVID-19 test results. The EOC staff has reminded both care centers to follow all IDPH, CCDPH, and Town of Cicero guidelines. Fire Chief Dominick Buscemi has sent a letter to City View Care Center warning them of any and all COVID-19 protocol violations reported. 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT The Town of Cicero Health Department is here to serve you. We now have tele-health service available. Call the Health Department at 708-656-3600 Extension 147, 148, or 149 and we will return your call. The Health Department is in contact with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Cook County Department of Public Health on a daily basis. Updates on the COVID-19 virus can change daily. This is why the link to the Cook County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health is provided on the Town of Cicero Website. Most importantly, Dr. Licea will be available remotely and in person Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 1 PM to 5 PM and Wednesday from 8 AM to 5 PM. The Cook County Department of Public Health can be reached at 708-633-4000. For more information regarding COVID-19, call 1-800-889-3931. During this crisis the Health Department information will be on every update. 

PPE: The EOC staff is constantly trying to find new sources to purchase PPE equipment for our first responders. We have put a request into Cook County for supplies with no response from them as of the time of this report. Should you know of sources for N95 respirators, surgical gowns, eye protection, surgical gloves, and any other PPE, please let us know. 

AREA BUSINESSES – We have received several calls regarding area businesses not following the “social distancing” protocol. Any and all complaints are being handled. If you see a business that is over-crowded, please let us know at Extension 267 and we will get these problems rectified. Superintendent Jerry Chlada and Fire Chief Dominick Buscemi visited the “big box” stores in Cicero today. They discussed COVID-19 safety measures with the management of these stores. Ismael Vargas and Antonio Marzano also visited many businesses in Cicero, pointing out to management safety measures that can be improved. The Health Department also has three (3) Health Inspectors looking into any health related inspections or problems that may arise. We have to also note however, that some of the complaints that we received regarding some businesses were unfounded.

UPCOMING WEEKS:: We are entering a very critical time during this crisis. COVID-19 cases are expected to rise substantially. Please remind all of your friends and neighbors to please follow all of the rules that have been repeated again and again over the previous weeks. The number of cases and deaths are rising exponentially. Now is the time for responsible behavior. 

THE EOC STAFF
Michael Piekarski
Dominick Buscemi
Jerry Chlada
Sarah Kusper 
Sue Grazzini

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El Gobernador del Estado de Illinois ha extendido la Proclamación de Desastres y la orden de “Quedarse en Casa” hasta al menos el 30 de Abril. Esa fecha se revisará a medida que esta situación se desarrolle y esté sujeta a cambios.

Actualización de COVID-19: 
A partir del 31 de Marzo del 2020 al momento de este informe, según el mapeo interactivo del Condado de Cook, ahora tenemos veintiocho (28) residentes con casos reportados de COVID-19 en Cicero. Debido a las leyes de HIPAA con respecto a la privacidad, no se divulgará ninguna otra información sobre este asunto.

Los números más recientes reportados en todo el estado en Illinois al momento de este memorando son los siguientes: 937 casos nuevos en Illinois para un total de 5994 casos reportados de COVID-19. Se reportaron 26 muertes más en Illinois, con un total de 98 muertes. El total actual de casos reportados de COVID -19 en los Estados Unidos es 180,789 con 3580 muertes. Los casos mundiales de COVID-19 ahora suman 846,156 con 41,261 muertes. 

RESIDENCIAS Y CENTROS DE CUIDADO PARA PERSONAS MAYORES: Los complejos City View y Alden Manor no han informado de incidentes con respecto a COVID-19 hoy. Sin embargo, el complejo City View está esperando tres (3) resultados de la prueba COVID 19. El complejo Alden Manor está esperando cuatro (4) resultados de la prueba COVID-19. El personal de EOC ha recordado a ambos centros de cuidado que deben seguir todas las pautas de IDPH, CCDPH y de Cicero. El Jefe de Bomberos, Dominick Buscemi, envió una carta al complejo de City View advirtiéndoles de cualquier y todas las violaciónes sobre el protocolo COVID-19 reportadas.

DEPARTAMENTO DE SALUD 
El Departamento de Salud de Cicero está aquí para servirle. Ahora tenemos un servicio de telemedicina disponible. Llame al Departamento de Salud al 708-656-3600 Extensión 147, 148 o 149 y le devolveremos la llamada. El Departamento de Salud está en contacto con el Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois y el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Cook a diario. Las actualizaciones sobre el virus COVID-19 pueden cambiar diariamente. Esta es la razón por la cual se proporciona el enlace al Departamento de Salud del Condado de Cook y al Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois en el sitio web de la Ciudad de Cicero. Lo más importante es que la Dra. Rosaura Licea – estará disponible de forma remota y en persona los lunes, martes y jueves de 1 p.m. a 5 p.m. y los miércoles de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m. Puede comunicarse con el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Cook al 708-633-4000. Para obtener más información sobre COVID-19, llame al 1-800-889-3931. Durante esta crisis, la información del Departamento de Salud estará en cada actualización. 

PPE (personal protective equipment/equipo de protección personal:
El personal de EOC (Emergency Operations Committee/Comité de Operaciones de Emergencia) trata constantemente de encontrar nuevas fuentes para comprar equipos de PPE para nuestros equipos de servicios médicos de emergencia. Hemos presentado una solicitud al Condado de Cook para suministros sin respuesta de ellos al momento de este informe. Si conoce fuentes de respiradores N95, batas quirúrgicas, protección ocular, guantes quirúrgicos y cualquier otro PPE, infórmenos.

NEGOCIOS DEL ÁREA – Hemos recibido varias llamadas sobre negocios del área que no siguen el protocolo de “distanciamiento social”. Todas y cada una de las quejas están siendo atendidas. Si ve un negocio que está abarrotado, infórmenos en la Extensión 267 y corregiremos estos problemas. El superintendente de policia Jerry Chlada y el jefe de bomberos Dominick Buscemi visitaron hoy las tiendas mas grandes “big box” en Cicero. Discutieron las medidas de seguridad de COVID-19 con la administración de estas tiendas. Ismael Vargas y Antonio Marzano también visitaron muchas empresas en Cicero, señalando las medidas de seguridad de gestión que pueden mejorarse. El Departamento de Salud también tiene tres (3) inspectores de salud que examinan las inspecciones o problemas relacionados con la salud que puedan surgir. Sin embargo, también debemos señalar que algunas de las quejas que recibimos con respecto a algunas empresas eran infundadas. 

PRÓXIMAS SEMANAS :: Estamos entrando en un momento muy crítico durante esta crisis. Se espera que los casos de COVID-19 aumenten sustancialmente. Recuerde a todos sus amigos y vecinos que sigan todas las reglas que se han repetido una y otra vez durante las semanas anteriores. El número de casos y muertes está aumentando exponencialmente. Ahora es el momento de un comportamiento responsable.

El personal de EOC (Emergency Operations Committee/Comité de Operaciones de Emergencia): 
Michael Piekarski
Dominick Buscemi
Jerry Chlada
Sarah Kusper 
Sue Grazzini

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How Cicero’s increasing safety has attracted more businesses

How Cicero’s increasing safety has attracted more businesses

Larry Dominick took office as Town President with the promise to improve the lives and well-being of Cicero residents, emphasizing programs for families, children, senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Since his election in 2005, President Dominick has fulfilled his pledge to substantially decrease gang violence and gang-related homicides, expand recreational opportunities for Cicero youth, increase employment opportunities within the community, strengthen the business community and improve the efficient delivery of Town services.

Introduction: Two decades ago, the Town of Cicero and its population of nearly 89,000 people, located in the west suburbs of Chicago, was tormented by street gangs and rising crime. The crisis was fueled by a lack of new jobs fueling poverty, disconnected youth recruited by the street gangs, and a lack of resources.

Today, under new leadership since 2005, the Town of Cicero is on a new path under the innovative leadership of Town President Larry Dominick.

Dominick’s vision has resulted in ground-up action and tangible results to improve the lives and well-being of Cicero residents, emphasizing programs for children, senior citizens and people with disabilities. President Dominick, with the support of the Town of Cicero Board of Trustees, is reversing the crime rate, expanding a new vibrant business environment and strengthening a healthy family and senior community base.

Since President Dominick’s election in 2005, Cicero has expanded recreational opportunities for Cicero youth, increased employment opportunities within the community, and improved the efficient delivery of essential Town services.

Cicero was named one of the Nation’s Top 20 Safest Cities by the National Realtors group, HouseHunt.com in 2011 and 2013. That safety record has continued through 2019.

President Dominick has achieved the goal of creating a safe environment for Cicero’s 108,000 to 120,000 residents, families and businesses is the result of a broad program that included expanding services and creating a public engagement program of festivals, activities and services. (This includes an additional 18,000 to 30,000 undocumented residents who are recognized as full Town of Cicero citizens).

Within two years of his election, Dominick constructed a new Town Hall complex which included a community center that serves as the hub for family, youth and senior activities. The center includes a gymnasium, class rooms, computer learning labs, meeting rooms and auditorium in which Town programs celebrating Cicero’s rich ethnic diversity are held.

Here is an overview of the many policies and changes implemented by Town President Larry Dominick to improve the life, safety and economy for every citizen:

Safety: Cicero was named one of the Nation’s Top 20 Safest Cities by the National Realtors group, HouseHunt.com in 2011 and 2013. That safety record has continued through 2018.

Crime is down significantly as Cicero Police make it more and more difficult for street gangs to operate in Cicero. Dominick has boosted safety by: doubling the size of the Gang Crimes Unit and hiring more uniformed police officers; creating the Parent Patrols that help protect students going to and from school; creating the SOS Task Force to provide rapid response to resident needs.

During the past year (2018), crime is down by as much as 91 percent. President Dominick believes that even one death is too many and he continues to strive to eliminate all street gang activity.

Increased Police & Fire: President Dominick has hired more police and firefighters to increase safety in the Town of Cicero. The Town has added more than 15 new police officers to the Police Department in the past 4 years, and hired a dozen firefighters strengthening our emergency response.

The Town has purchased special police vehicles to raise public awareness of police efforts, launched neighborhood roll calls and neighborhood protection networks in areas where crime or street gang activity and graffiti appears, and bolstered the Cicero Police units fighting street gangs.

New Businesses/Jobs: By improving safety in the Town, Dominick created a magnet for new business development, attracting dozens of new retail and industrial developments including attracting several major retailers. Among them are:

  • Break Through Beverage (formerly Wirtz Beverage)
  • Menards
  • Wal-Mart
  • Sonic Restaurant
  • Fuller’s Car Wash
  • Bimbo Bakery (formerly Clover Hill Bakery)
  • Chipolte
  • New Providence Bank
  • Hoots Restaurant
  • CubeSmart Storage
  • Bridgepoint Industrial Centers

Already in the community is a Sam’s Club, which is considered one of the busiest in the nationwide chain.

President Dominick has and continues  to attract new industrial and commercial development to the Town, approving the construction of two industrial centers with Bridge Development Partners, one opened in 2017 featuring 323,000 square feet of industrial and commercial space, and a second that broke ground in October 2018 for a 675,000 industrial center. Both centers have created hundreds of temporary construction jobs and project an estimated 350 new permanent jobs.