Good morning, everyone.
The Sun-Times has a potent cover story this morning about the Town of Cicero’s spending more than $3 million at Lembke & Sons True Value in nearby Berwyn. The store and one of its owners have more than $50,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to Cicero Mayor Larry Dominick’s campaign fund since he took office in 2005, wrote Jon Seidel and Becky Schlikerman.
We wrote in December about issues with many of Dominick’s major funders, and last week Greg Pratt wrote about how Cicero and the state’s other 14 majority-Latino communities only have one Latino mayor.
That may change in on Feb. 26, when Juan Ochoa goes up against Dominick. The former McPier executive outraised Dominick last year and has the backing of U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez-his Facebook page has pictures of the two together-but it’s unclear whether those factors will be enough to propel him to victory.
The Sun-Times also had a damning cover story earlier in the week that detailed where much of the record $98 million non-profit organization UNO received from the state in 2009 had gone. Hint: think family, friends and no-bid contracts.
Chicago, the state’s largest city, led the nation in the number of homicides last year. Murder in Chicago continues to make national and international news, most recently with the death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton in Kenwood who had recently performed at President Obama’s inauguration.
To put the individual homicides in a larger perspective, the Guardian has done an absolutely riveting representation of the lost years from the more than 9,500 homicides that took place in America in 2010.
We’ve got a couple of engaging articles today in the print and online versions of Hoy for our Spanish readers.
Leticia Espinosa writes about the collective emotional impact the brutal murder of Abigail Villalpando has had on the Aurora community.
We’ll be back tomorrow.
Until then, enjoy the day.