CICERO, Ill. (CBS) — New allegations have surfaced about questionable practices by Cicero Town President Larry Dominick.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, the Chicago Sun-Times says an unlicensed plumber who is a longtime friend and possibly a former business partner of Dominick got nearly $2 million in work from the town without ever submitting a bid or signing a contract.READ MORE: Woman Questions COVID-19 Clinic After Receiving Results Before Testing
LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports
At the same time, the paper says the friend, George Hunter, also bought a modest home from Dominick for $100,000 more than Dominick’s original purchase price.
After reviewing thousands of records, the Sun-Times says the two men have a history of helping each other out. Hunter employs six of Dominick’s relatives, and Hunter’s wife, Elvira, serves on the town’s health board for $10,480 per year and free health insurance.READ MORE: 4 Dead, 25 Wounded In Weekend Shootings In Chicago
Town spokesman Ray Hanania defends the sewer deal, saying Dominick had nothing to do with Hunter getting the work, the Sun-Times reported.
The newspaper says Hunter, whose company was most recently known as Superior Sewer Solution, is also a deadbeat dad.
Dominick has been hit with other controversies in recent months. Last month, the Sun-Times revealed that he had put his wife and at least eight of her relatives on the public payroll.
And in September, 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: 17-Year-Old Shot In Hyde Park
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.