Sunday, February 27, 2005

Cicero miracle

If you live in the Chicago area, you've probably already heard the big news: In last week's election, we saw Cicero Mayor Ramiro Gonzalez toppled by challenger Larry Dominick. For those of you who don't know, Cicero basically is god's gift to patronage, corruption, mob rule. this victory was Illinois politics' most unlikely upset in recent memory because Dominick ran on the campaign promise to hand Cicero's books over to federal auditors and to ... (from the Sun-Times):
    "...get rid of Ed Vrdolyak, the former Chicago alderman ... whose law firm bills Cicero about $1 million a year. Dominick claimed Gonzalez was a puppet of Vrdolyak, which Gonzalez denied. "Eddie Vrdolyak, you're gone!" Dominick told cheering supporters at Alessandro's Banquets on Cermak. "His days of controlling this town and getting rich off our tax dollars are over."
For all the ins, the outs, the what-have-yous, check out this Sun-Times article. It's quite fascinating.


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