Cicero President Larry Dominick and several others testified this afternoon at an election hearing focused on whether Dominick should be tossed from the ballot.
Juan Ochoa, a candidate running against Dominick for mayor, and David Donahue, a candidate for town collector, want Dominick removed from the ballot.
Among other issues, they have raised questions about whether Dominick received work permits for maintenance and remodeling work done at his Cicero home.
Dominick said at the hearing that his ex-wife handled the renovation work.
In December, a Cook County judge disqualified the town’s election board, made up of Dominick, Town Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias and Town Supervisor Joseph Virruso and alternate Dennis Raleigh, a town trustee.
The judge claimed that the board had a vested interest in pay and benefits, including family members on the Cicero payroll, which may be affected by election results.
He replaced the board with three substitutes. The board is expected to make a decision on Dominick’s fate in the coming days, but Dominick can appeal the decision and the matter would be taken up by a Cook County election judge.
Ochoa, who has the backing of U.S. Rep.
, D-Ill., is hoping to win a majority of
's Hispanic vote as well as the non-Hispanic vote, he said. The west suburb is about 80 percent Hispanic.