Victor Garcia is a Sponsor Coordinator with the Clyde Park District, working there since 2007. He began his public service in 2005 with the election of Town President Larry Dominick, working as coordinator of Special Projects in the President’s office, and also as an elected member of the Clyde Park District Board of Commissioners. Garcia also served as a member of the Community Development Committee and the Town of Cicero Zoning Board. Previously before entering government service he worked in the manufacturing industry where he also served as a union chief steward.
He also serves as a board member with the Nazarene Brotherhood and has volunteered as a coach for local basketball, baseball and soccer youth leagues.
Victor is married to Maria, and they have three children, Victor, Edwin and Evelyn. The Garcia’s have lived in the Town Cicero more than 20 years. The Garcia family is actively involved in the Catholic Church through several churches in the Town of Cicero.
4949 West Cermak Road
Cicero, IL 60804
Robert F. “Bob” Porod was born and raised in the Town of Cicero. He graduated from Our Lady of Charity (OLC) grade school, Morton High School
and Morton Junior College, before receiving his B.S. in Mechanical Analysis and Design Engineering from the University of Illinois. He is an active registered professional engineer in Illinois and Michigan. Bob has been married to his wife, Jan, for over 48 years and have three children and four grandchildren.
In his professional life, Bob owns two United States patents and several technical disclosures for mechanical devices. He earned the Charles Ellet Engineering award, the University of Illinois Engineering alumni award, as well as several engineering awards and recognitions. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers.
As a youth in Cicero, he participated in the South Cicero baseball program and was also named to the Cicero Life all-star basketball classic twice. Bob has coached youth baseball and basketball teams in South Cicero and at OLC. He has helped to mentor youth with science, math and continued education opportunities. He has also been an advocate for programs to help senior citizens enjoy a more fulfilled and safe life style.
Bob has also been recognized nationally for his development and invention of the directional sounding device called the “Cricket.” The device has helped guide over several thousand visually impaired individuals for activities such as biking, baseball, kayaking, bowling, hide and seek as well as safety alertness. Bob has disclosed and made this device available to a non-profit organization to produce and donate them free of charge.
John was born and raised in the Town of Cicero in Cicero. As a child, he attended Drexel Elementary School before going to St. Joseph’s High School in Westchester. After graduation, he continued his education at Triton College.
John is married to his wife, Alice, and has 3 children – Travis, Tiffany and Eugenia – and four grandchildren – Isabela, Lucia, CJ and Alana. John was an employee for Cicero School District 99 for 35 years, the last 27 at Cicero East School, before retiring in June 2018.
As a child, John played baseball on the South Cicero Little League before joining American Legion ball and later high school baseball. He was elected to the Cicero Library Board, serving for 6 years. In his leisure time he enjoys traveling, his home, gardening, his pool and dinning out. He is always ready to see and explore new places!
Blanca Vargas, Town Trustee
4949 West Cermak Road
Cicero, IL 60804
(p) 708-656-3600 ext 791
Ms. Vargas who has two daughters, Sarah and Bianca, first began her activism in 1972 working as a Hispanic liaison for former Governor Dan Walker and later for Governor Pat Quinn.