Sharon Starzyk is running for Cicero Township Collector. Although that position may not seem as important as the one involving Town President Larry Dominick – BUT IT IS! Why? Because the election of Starzyk, regardless of who wins the Town President contest would send a strong message to the corrupt political apparatus now operating in Cicero.
In my opinion, the level of political corruption in Cicero, Illinois is second only to the City of Chicago. And much of that corruption is predicated on how Cicero Tax Monies are divvied-up amongst the many political supporters and insiders.
Of course it also appears that Cicero’s Tax Money can wind up in the strangest of places given this latest tidbit found in the February 6th edition of the Chicago Sun-Times. Of course, Cicero Spokesman Ray Hanania had this to say about his buddy Larry Dominick - “he’s not involved in this”
Naturally I wouldn’t put too much stock in what Ray Hanania had to say about Larry Dominick or the many doings-on Cicero. The way I see it, Hanania makes Saddam Hussein’s former Information Minister Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf look like a master of conveying credible information.
Now I don’t know who is going to win the election for Town President of Cicero but if the voters were remotely concerned about preserving their tax dollars then they should look at electing anyone but Larry Dominick because only Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios has done more to redefine the definition of what nepotism means.
However, should Larry Dominick win re-election as Cicero Town President having Sharon Starzyk on-board as Township Collector could still serve the better interests of the people of Cicero, Illinoi. After all, Starzyk has already shown that she is not afraid to stand up to Larry Dominick and would be in a prime position to ensure some much needed transparency.
And believe me folks - Cicero, Illinois is in dire need of that!
Larry Dominick and he cadre of political insiders have had a damn good thing going for quite some time and have made Cicero’s historical connection to Al Capone look like a real bargain. And that is saying a hell of lot because Cicero has always been a corrupt town.
Unfortunately, Larry Dominick has taken Cicero to a completely new level and if the residents there keep buying into the garbage they have been sold, well, things are only going to get that much worse.
Especially for the large Hispanic base which have been sold out by many of their own who blindly support Dominick. And that is something that has always confounded political observers like me. Although I suppose what we are seeing in Cicero is not much different than what occurs in certain parts of Cook County – I still can’t get over how people can’t figure out that they have been sold out by their own.
Illinois politics is a strange bird for sure, but the fact remains - if people want real change then they must be willing to fight for it and buck the trend that has prevented them from achieving something better.
In fact that is the dilemma Cicero is facing this election. Do they want more of the same old, same old or do they want real change? Naturally the choice is theirs but watching a handful of people manipulate the system and/or the will of the people is not only inherently evil but un-American.
Exactly why voters choose to ignore candidates who are willing to put the people’s interests ahead of their own has always been something of a mystery to me but I would caution people that the time to wake up only comes so many times before the whole thing goes down the drain.
Sharon Starzyk, for instance, has tried to illuminate the systemic problems that plague the town of Cicero for quite some time now. Sometimes I don't know why this lifelong resident even bothers, but one must admire her tenacity despite every attempt by the current regime to discredit her.
I have to wonder, though. Why are political operatives in Cicero so afraid of Sharon Starzyk? Is it because of that “legal settlement without admitting any guilt thing” that stung Larry Dominick or is it something bigger like her refusal to play the political game under the rules established by him?
And what’s the deal behind “cold-cocking” the woman while she was out campaigning in January? I don’t think that that was no random act by some punk begging for a cigarette. Let’s face it – there are no accidents in Cicero when it comes to politics.
Then again, Cicero Politics have reeked for a long, long time. And whenever a legitimate challenger that is perceived as a threat to the “business as usual” they get intimidated by “unknowns.” Yeah right.
Sharon Starzyk, though, won't be intimidated by these powers that be and if elected will certainly do right by the people of Cicero. And they deserve nothing less after decades of bad government.
As such, I encourage Cicero voters to start the process of change by electing people who will actually represent them unconditionally. And if that means by electing those seeking office in the lower positions of city government - then so be it.
But kid yourselves not – the Cicero Township Collector is not dealing with chump change!
So Please Cicero - Do Yourselves A Favor Punch Ballot Number 222!
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