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Insurance Navy & the Town of Cicero Host a Food Drive October 8, 2020 at Community Park

Insurance Navy & the Town of Cicero Host a Food Drive October 8, 2020 at Community Park

Insurance Navy and the Town of Cicero is hosting a food drive in the Cicero Community Park on 3400 S Laramie Ave Cicero, IL. The food drive will be on October 8, 2020 from 9 am- 12 pm.
 
“It’s important to remember that donated food is most helpful if it is both safe and high quality,” says Barbara Ingham, food safety specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension.
 
Those attending will each receive 1 box containing non- perishables. The food drive will abide by the COVID-19 guidelines. Volunteers will hand over the boxes into participants’ vehicles as a way to avoid contact. Face masks will be worn at all times and social distancing will be enforced.
 
Insurance Navy has been a part of the Cicero community for over 9 years and knows it is important to take care of those who are in need. For more information, please visit our website:
 
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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.

March 31 JOB FAIR IS CANCELLED until further notice

JOB FAIR IS CANCELLED

until further notice

Chamber partners with Cicero to host Job Fair — will be rescheduled in Summer

The Cicero Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Cicero are partnering to host a Job Fair at the end of March to promote the availability of jobs at the Town and at local businesses.

The event will be open to the public. Businesses are being asked to attend and to showcase job openings, needs, requirements and qualifications.

More details on the Chamber-Cicero Job Fair will be forthcoming in the coming weeks

Make sure to check back here for details and the date of the Job Fair. For public, make sure to brush up your resumes and have them ready. We hope to have all of the major businesses represented as well was local community businesses.

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Ribbon Cutting: Officials cut ribbon at Nonno Di Mora

Nonno di Moro ribbon cutting March 10, 2020

Ribbon Cutting: Officials cut ribbon at Nonno Di Mora

Town President Larry Dominick and Town of Cicero officials joined with the Cicero Chamber of Commerce to cut the ribbon on the Italian Restaurant Nonno Di Mora which is run by two Morton East High school graduates. (Video of the ribbon cutting, and Spanish language version below)

The Town of Cicero celebrates yet another Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by Town President Larry Dominick and the new Cicero Chamber of Commerce.

Nonno Di Mora Ristorante celebrated the big event Tuesday, March 10 at 12pm. The celebration took place right outside the restaurant which is located at 5612 W 35th Street. Nonno Di Mora means Late grandfather.

The owners, Reynaldo and Rigoberto Mora, were raised in Cicero. They both attended Cicero Public Schools and are proud Morton East Graduates. The Mora brothers passion of becoming business owners began when they were young working at Reynaldo Mora’s godfathers restaurant.

Nonno di Moro ribbing cutting March 10, 2020
Nonno di Moro ribbon cutting March 10, 2020

 

“We wanted to bring something new to the community. Cicero gave us a lot and we wanted to give a little bit back to the town,” said Reynaldo Mora. He also explained how helpful the business licence department was throughout the entire process.

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“It is a friendly environment for families, kids are welcomed, any private events you would like to host you can host here, we do private catering as well,” said Jacqueline Mora Rigoberto Mora’s wife.

Right before the ribbon cutting Chef John Torres said, “We are still in our infancy, but we have a lot of aspirations. Please come visit.” Chef Torres has been a chef for over 40 years.

“On behalf of Town President Larry Dominick and my colleagues on the Town Board we want to welcome you and wish you the best,” said Town Assessor Emo Cundari.

“Thank you for choosing Cicero. We wish you a lot of luck,” said Town Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias.

Happiness and applause took over once the red ribbon was finally cut.

“Come by! Check us out!” said Rigoberto Mora with a smile.

Attending the event were Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias, Trustees Victor Garcia, John Cava, and Bob Porod, Assessor Emilio Cundari and Collector Fran Reitz along with officials from the Town’s departments including Senior Center Director Diana Dominick, Business License Director Ismael Vargas and Building Commissioner Tom Tomschin.

Cicero Town Officials celebrate ribbon cutting and grand opening for Nonno di Moro restaurant, March 10, 2020
Cicero Town Officials celebrate ribbon cutting and grand opening for Nonno di Moro restaurant, March 10, 2020

 

Cicero celebra otra ceremonia de inauguración y corte de cinta organizada por la Cámara de Comercio de Cicero.

Nonno Di Mora Ristorante quedó oficialmente inaugurado el martes 10 de Marzo a las 12 p.m. La celebración tuvo lugar justo frente al restaurante ubicado en el 5612 W. 35th Street.

Nonno Di Mora significa abuelo difunto.

Los dueños, Reynaldo y Rigoberto Mora, fueron criados y educados en Cicero. Ambos asistieron a las Escuelas Públicas de Cicero y son orgullosos graduados de la Secundaria Morton East. La pasión de los hermanos Mora de convertirse en dueños de negocios, comenzó cuando eran jóvenes trabajando en el restaurante propiedad del padrino de Reynaldo Mora.

“Queríamos aportar algo nuevo a la comunidad. Cicero nos dió mucho y queríamos devolverle un poco a este pueblo,” dijo Reynaldo Mora. También explicó lo útil que fue la ayuda del ‘Departamento de Licencias Comerciales’ durante todo el proceso.

El restaurante sirve desayuno, almuerzo y cena.

“Es un ambiente agradable y acogedor para todas las familias, los niños son bienvenidos, cualquier evento privado que quisiera organizar puede organizarlo aquí, también hacemos catering privado,” dijo Jacqueline Mora, esposa de Rigoberto Mora.

Justo antes del corte de cinta, el chef John Torres dijo: “Todavía estamos en nuestra infancia pero tenemos muchas aspiraciones. Por favor vengan a visitarnos.” El chef Torres ha sido chef por más de 40 años.

“En nombre del Presidente Larry Dominick y de mis colegas en la Junta de Síndicos queremos darles la bienvenida y desearles lo mejor,” dijo el Asesor Municipal Emo Cundari.
“Gracias por elegir Cicero. Les deseamos mucha suerte,” dijo por su parte la Secretaria Municipal María Punzo-Arias.
Hubo felicidad y se escucharon los aplausos cuando finalmente se cortó la cinta roja.

“!Vengan! !Visitenos!” dijo Rigoberto Mora con una sonrisa.

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State Programs to Assist businesses

Chamber meeting Jan. 29, 2020 on State Programming. Spanish

State Programs to Assist businesses

Guest Speaker will be Manuel (Manny) Lopez, the Regional Economic Development Manager of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. 

Town President Larry Dominick, The Town of Cicero, and State Rep. Lisa Hernandez will join the Cicero Chamber of Commerce in hosting a meeting on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the Cicero Community Center, 2250 S. 49th Avenue, beginning at 5 pm to discuss programs that the State of Illinois offers to the business community.

 Manuel (Manny) Lopez, the Regional Economic Development Manager of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Manuel (Manny) Lopez, the Regional Economic Development Manager of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

 

Click here to read our Press Release in English and Spanish.

State Programs to Assist businesses

Guest Speaker will be Manuel (Manny) Lopez, the Regional Economic Development Manager of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.

The Town of Cicero, and State Rep. Lisa Hernandez will join the Cicero Chamber of Commerce in hosting a meeting on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the Cicero Community Center, 2250 S. 49th Avenue, beginning at 5 pm to discuss programs that the State of Illinois offers to the business community.

Our Guest Speaker will be Manuel (Manny) Lopez, the Regional Economic Development Manager of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. He will discuss programs and services from the State of Illinois that are available to local businesses.

Lopez will also be joined by Joe McKeown from team RED, and Pedro Pineda from the CMS (Central Management Office) will also be accompanying addressing the meeting.

Pineda speaks about the BEP (Business Enterprise Program) and the certification process and how it could be a benefit to small business owners.

Business License Director and Cicero Chaplain Ismael Vargas will also be present to answer questions about Cicero business requirements and needs at both meetings.

We will have guest speakers from the state of Illinois and the Illinois Legislature who will discuss how businesses can tap resources at the state level to achieve their business goals.

Watch for more details on this program which is free to our business members. Make sure to fill out the online membership form (free) so that you will be kept up to date about all of the Cicero Chamber of Commerce’s events.

Members must send an email and RSVP in order to attend the meetings. There is limited seating but we will try to accommodate all of the Chamber members. Please let us know if you will be attending by sending an email noting the meeting date and topic.

For more information visit the Chamber’s website at www.CiceroChamberOfCommerce.com

Manny Lopez Bio

Manny Lopez is the Regional Economic Development Manager for Cook County. As the newest member to join Team RED (Regional Economic Development) at DCEO, Manny helps businesses, communities, and workers learn about different State resources that are available to assist them.

Prior to joining team RED, Manny has worked in many different fields that included customer service and sales & operations. These roles have been spread over a career in companies that included Comcast, Colorado Technical University, and Enova Financial.  A proud United States Navy veteran, Manny has served in Hawaii, the Persian Gulf and even lived in South Korea for two years.

Manny earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration on marketing from DeVry University. He is a family man who loves spending time with his children and is dedicated to helping people thrive in their everyday life.

Pedro Pineda Info

“I’ve been with the state for 12 years. I started with Department of Human Services as a caseworker for 5 years then got promoted to CMS Department of Examining and Counseling where I worked for 4 and a half years and then moved to CMS Business Enterprise Program since 2018 where I’ve worked as the Outreach Coordinator. I graduated from Loyola University with a BA and attended Lewis University where I obtained my MBA. Long time South Side resident,” Pineda said.

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Press Release: Chamber offers program to help businesses with State Programs

Chamber meeting Jan. 29, 2020 on State Programming. Spanish

Press Release: Chamber offers program to help businesses with State Programs

Chamber meeting Jan. 29, 2020 on State Programming. Spanish
Chamber meeting Jan. 29, 2020 on State Programming.

 

ENGLISH VERSION

State Programs to Assist businesses

Guest Speaker will be Manuel (Manny) Lopez, the Regional Economic Development Manager of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.

The Town of Cicero, and State Rep. Lisa Hernandez will join the Cicero Chamber of Commerce in hosting a meeting on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the Cicero Community Center, 2250 S. 49th Avenue, beginning at 5 pm to discuss programs that the State of Illinois offers to the business community.

Our Guest Speaker will be Manuel (Manny) Lopez, the Regional Economic Development Manager of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. He will discuss programs and services from the State of Illinois that are available to local businesses.

Lopez will also be joined by Joe McKeown from team RED, and Pedro Pineda from the CMS (Central Management Office) will also be accompanying addressing the meeting. Pineda speaks about the BEP (Business Enterprise Program) and the certification process and how it could be a benefit to small business owners.

Business License Director Ismael Vargas

“I’ve been with the state for 12 years. I started with Department of Human Services as a caseworker for 5 years then got promoted to CMS Department of Examining and Counseling where I worked for 4 and a half years and then moved to CMS Business Enterprise Program since 2018 where I’ve worked as the Outreach Coordinator. I graduated from Loyola University with a BA and attended Lewis University where I obtained my MBA. Long time South Side resident,” Pineda said.

Business License Director and Cicero Chaplain Ismael Vargas will also be present to answer questions about Cicero business requirements and needs at both meetings.

We will have guest speakers from the state of Illinois and the Illinois Legislature who will discuss how businesses can tap resources at the state level to achieve their business goals.

Watch for more details on this program which is free to our business members. Make sure to fill out the online membership form (free) so that you will be kept up to date about all of the Cicero Chamber of Commerce’s events.

Members must send an email and RSVP in order to attend the meetings. There is limited seating but we will try to accommodate all of the Chamber members. Please let us know if you will be attending by sending an email noting the meeting date and topic.

For more information visit the Chamber’s website at www.CiceroChamberOfCommerce.com

SPANISH VERSION

Cícero anuncia programas de ayuda financiera para negocios

Manuel (Manny) López, Administrador de Desarrollo Económico Regional del Departamento de Comercio y Oportunidades Financieras de Illinois, será el orador invitado en una presentación especial

El municipio de Cícero y la Representante estatal Lisa Hernández (D-24) se unieron a la ‘Cámara de Comercio de Cícero’ para realizar una reunión en que serán presentados y discutidos los diversos programas de ayuda financiera estatal que Illinois ofrece a los comerciantes y dueños de negocios. El seminario será el Miércoles 29 de enero de 2020, a las 5 de la tarde, en la Casa Comunal de Cícero (Cícero Community Center), 2250 S. 49th Avenue.

El orador invitado será Manuel (Manny) López, Administrador de la oficina de Desarrollo Económico Regional del ‘Departamento de Comercio y Oportunidades Financieras de Illinois’ quien hablará sobre los diversos programas y servicios financieros que Illinois ofrece a todos los negocios locales.

Entre tanto, el Director de Licencias Comerciales y Capellán de Cícero, Ismael Vargas, también estará listo en la reunión, para responder cualquier pregunta o inquietud sobre los requisitos de negocios en el municipio.

Así mismo, habrá panelistas invitados del estado de Illinois y de la Legislatura estatal que explicarán a los comerciantes la mejor manera de solicitar y aprovechar los recursos estatales disponibles que les ayudarán a lograr sus metas financieras comerciales.

Pedimos que estén pendientes de otros detalles sobre este útil programa, ofrecido totalmente GRATIS a todos los miembros de la Cámara de Comercio de Cícero / Cicero Chamber of Commerce.

Si desea convertirse en miembro y participar en los seminarios para aprovechar estos programas, asegúrese de llenar los formularios de membresía ofrecidos también GRATUITAMENTE en nuestro portal electrónico, en donde además le mantendremos al tanto de los futuros, informativos e interesantes eventos que estará organizando periódicamente la Cámara de Comercio de Cícero / Cicero Chamber of Commerce.

Los comerciantes miembros que planean asistir al evento, deben enviar un correo electrónico y responder a una reservación (RSVP). El cupo es limitado pero trataremos de acomodar a todos los miembros de la Cámara de Comercio que deseen participar. Por favor, si planea ser parte del seminario, envíe un correo electrónico dejando su nombre, el nombre de su negocio, además de la fecha y el tema del evento que le interesa.

Para más información visite  nuestro portal de Internet:

www.CiceroChamberofCommerce.com.

SPEAKER BIO

Manny Lopez is the Regional Economic Development Manager for Cook County. As the newest member to join Team RED (Regional Economic Development) at DCEO, Manny helps businesses, communities, and workers learn about different State resources that are available to assist them.

Prior to joining team RED, Manny has worked in many different fields that included customer service and sales & operations. These roles have been spread over a career in companies that included Comcast, Colorado Technical University, and Enova Financial.  A proud United States Navy veteran, Manny has served in Hawaii, the Persian Gulf and even lived in South Korea for two years.

Manny earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration on marketing from DeVry University. He is a family man who loves spending time with his children and is dedicated to helping people thrive in their everyday life.

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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.