CICERO, Ill. (CBS) — Cicero Town President Larry Dominick campaigned on a pledge to end nepotism, but now, a published report says he has put his wife and at least eight of her relatives on the public payroll.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, the Chicago Sun-Times says Dominick married his third wife, Elizabeth, in December 2006, and she and her relatives began working for the Town of Cicero afterward.READ MORE: University Of Chicago Police Officer Who Shot Man In Hyde Park Shootout Also Shot Student In 2018
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They have worked in capacities including town employees, board members, and vendors, and have been paid $1.1 million in total, the newspaper reported.
Wife Elizabeth, a nurse, is in charge of the Cicero Town Health Department, and makes more than $70,000 a year, the Sun-Times reported. She has complained publicly that her salary is too low.READ MORE: Shedd Aquarium's Penguin Celebrities Showcased In New Children's Book
One of her sons was appointed to the Cicero Housing and Real Estate Board and later became a Cicero firefighter, and another son was appointed to the town Identity Theft Board and has worked as DJ for town events and as for a town basketball camp, the Sun-Times reported.
Meanwhile, one of Elizabeth Dominick’s sisters was appointed to the Board or Health, another sister and nephew got full-time posts, and two brothers also got town jobs – one of which earns $80,000 a year, the Sun-Times reported.
Also hired was nephew Joseph M. Terrana, a convicted thief who became a town garbage man, the Sun-Times reported. He was forced out of his job two years ago, but was re-hired as a part-time driver for a $12 hourly wage earlier this year, the Sun-Times reported.
Town President Dominick has been the subject of other controversies in recent weeks. Last month, the Sun-Times reported that the FBI taped Dominick in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former Cicero town animal shelter operator Sharon Starzyk.MORE NEWS: Driver Crashes At Touhy Avenue After Shots Are Fired At Car On Edens Expressway; Lanes Shut Down For Hours
Starzyk alleged that Dominick sent her smutty text messages and groped her, including one incident in which he “grabbed a breast (and) passed some gas” before getting out of the car at an animal rescue site, the Sun-Times reported.