Dominick declares victory in race for 3rd term in Cicero

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Larry Dominick declared victory Tuesday for a third term as town president of Cicero, following a bitter campaign in a suburb rarely lacking in political controversy.

According to unofficial results, with 30 of 33 precincts reporting, Dominick had 5,287 votes, just over 60 percent. Former McPier chief executive Juan Ochoa had 2,655 votes, and former Cicero senior services director Joe Pontarelli had 788. By finishing with more than 50 percent of the vote, Dominick avoid a runoff in April.

The mood was upbeat at Dominick’s headquarters at Al’s Restaurant on Cermak Road. Hundreds of supporters ate pizza and watched the returns before Dominick spoke to them.

“We had a lot of good people behind us,” he said. “I was looking for 70 percent of the vote, but 60 percent isn’t bad.”

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Cicero town president Larry Dominick presiding over a regular board of trustees meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 in Cicero. (Chuck Berman / Chicago Tribune)