Summertime in Cicero

Dear Cicero residents, It’s hard to believe we are near the midpoint of the year. Things have been so busy for the town that time really flew by. But it has been a good start to the year, with a lot of grand events in the town, including our recent Cinco de Mayo festival. So many of you gathered to celebrate the rich Mexican heritage that has left its mark on Cicero, as well as [Learn More]

Starting The Warm Weather Right

Dear Cicero residents, Easter came late this year and still we found snow falling the day after Easter in the Park! It never seems to fail that we have chilly weather for this event, but that didn’t stop many of you from coming out and enjoying the first outdoor event of the year.  Hopefully the snow has ended, which means it’s time to really get into the festival season. And there is really no bigger [Learn More]

Hopefully Spring Arrives Soon, Roadwork, and LED Savings for the Town

Dear Cicero residents, I hope March truly gives us spring because the past several weeks has given us most intense winter we’ve had in years! The snow, just like the record-breaking cold in January, has forced us to make adjustments to our daily lives, but thankfully we were able to press ahead with our great events like the Hearts & Shamrocks Dinner/Dance and the Father/Daughter Dance, both of which were tremendous successes this year. It [Learn More]

Happy New Year!

Dear Cicero residents, For some of us in Cicero, the decorations are put away and the presents are nestled in their new homes. But for many others, there is still plenty of Christmas fun to have! The Three Wise Kings celebration at Cicero Stadium always closes out the holiday season in our town and I hope you can make it out for this Twelfth Night event. Every Jan. 6, residents gather to celebrate the Epiphany, [Learn More]

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Cicero residents, We have finally arrived at the holiday season here in Cicero and I don’t know if I am more excited for the end of the year than ever before. Not because it’s been a hard year, though we have all experienced some hardships this year. Instead its because there are many wonderful activities we have in store for you this season. Just after the Thanksgiving holiday we will start with the annual [Learn More]

Mexican Independence Day and Back to School

Dear Cicero residents, I hope you have enjoyed summer here in Cicero! I know we packed so many events that it may feel like there is nothing left to do for the year. But that’s not the case. Instead, we are just getting started. This month holds one of the largest celebrations in all of the Chicago area – Mexican Independence Day. Running from Sept. 13-16, this festival will feature all of your favorite activities, [Learn More]

Summer is Nearly Over, Time for Fall Events

Dear Cicero residents, It seems like just yesterday we were putting on our sweaters for a chilly spring day. Now we are entering the final month of summer. It won’t be long before classes start back up at Morton 201 and District 99 and the town hosts several back-to-school events, including our End of Summer Bash, the final Summer in the Park event. August starts with the annual CYC Family Picnic and this year it [Learn More]

American Fest and Summer in the Park

Dear Cicero residents, I cannot believe it is already June. With winter lasting through most of April, and the rains we endured in May, I am hopeful June will bring us nice weather with plenty of opportunities to go outdoors. I am especially hopeful for outdoor weather because June is the start of Summer in the Park. This series of events for children and families has become a long-standing tradition in Cicero and I know [Learn More]

Cinco de Mayo and Keeping Cicero CLEAN

Dear Cicero residents, I know you are probably tired of the extended winter just like I am. That’s why I am glad that May almost always brings warmer temperatures, meaning more outdoor activities for the entire town. And the spring weather cannot come at a better time because we have one of the biggest festivals in Cicero: Cinco de Mayo! This is a great festival — one of the largest in the region — and [Learn More]

Financial Awards and Springtime Fun

Dear Cicero residents, This month’s column has become one of my favorite traditions. I remember the financial disaster that greeted me and my administration when I took office several years ago. Then, Cicero had a horrible credit rating and an even worse financial situation. Throughout these years, we have worked to shore up our finances, pay down debt, and transform the way we handle our financial reporting. Ever since then, we have seen a steady [Learn More]

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