Cicero spokesman's firm got pacts worth $578,000 a year to prom...

There are 11 comments on the Sep 24, 2008, Chicago Tribune story titled Cicero spokesman's firm got pacts worth $578,000 a year to prom.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

After helping Cicero 's town president win a close election, political strategist Dan Proft received no-bid contracts worth $578,000 a year to serve as the mouthpiece for the town and two local school ...

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really

Chicago, IL

#42 Sep 26, 2008
Just me wrote:
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Only a coward would resort to personal attacks on an anonymous internet board.
Dan Proft is an intelligent, professional public relations expert who is worth what he is being paid to do. Anyone who knows him knows that he is always working 24/7 and is the best there is. The work he does for Cicero is much more extensive than this article let's on.
This article appears very biased and partisan in nature, given that Proft works with Republicans. There is a not-so-hidden agenda in this article.
You see a guy sucking hundreds of thousands of dollars in "consulting" fees out of a working clas community and you immediately think - political bias?
really

Chicago, IL

#43 Sep 26, 2008
Joe S wrote:
Lets get things correct - Dan did not get Keyes in 2004 and it was these liberal **** at the trib that sued to get Jack Ryan's custody records unsealed which led to him being forced out by some stupid state republicans who thought there was a good candidate capable of stepping in. And Proft & his partner ran the campaign against socialist Stroger. Anyone with a brain wont believe these political hacks at the trib. I am disgusted because I personally know Proft & his partner, and how this hack-job can hurt them & their families. FYI, both of them work 60-80 hrs/week and more when working for campaigns.
You too?
really

Chicago, IL

#44 Sep 26, 2008
Is there any charge that can't be countered with the argument political bias?
four-one-one

Chicago, IL

#46 Sep 26, 2008
Livid in Cicero wrote:
Yet another political manipulation is how I see this ! It looks as if only a handful of people that responded to the ridiculous allegations placed on Mr. Proft know that the only thing Mr. Proft is guilty of is working non stop to make Cicero a better place for all, to give the Cicero residents and children a better life. He holds intelligence like no other. He cares for all like no other. Instead of just babbling on and bashing him because you have nothing better to do but wait for the word "Cicero" to come up and then bash whomever it may be in the "Cicero" limelight. Maybe you should get your facts straight !Jealous are we? Jealous you don't have the class, professionalism and education that Mr. Proft carries? Mr. Proft is worth every penny and more. Does anyone remember what the town news along with all else he handles was like before he took it over? LIKE GARBAGE! We finally have a PR person that goes above and beyond, not just sitting behind a desk waiting for his paycheck but someone that has made a difference in our town. All you people do is try to manipulate others into once again thinking its all wrong, well, this time your all wrong, when it comes to bashing Mr. Proft your on the right street but at the wrong address because you could not ask for anyone better in this position !
And yes go ahead and accuse me of being a friend or co-worker of Mr. Proft's. I am proud to say yes I am, and I have never seen things better since he has been in this position ! So go ahead bash me all you want since it seems that's what most of you thrive on and all you are educated enough to do !
OH MY GOD!!!
...educated enough to do !...and you are any different? Are you kidding us? I too know Dan Proft or better know this days around town as Profit! His a horrible PR guy heartless person...really are you kidding us or making top money from our tax dollars? you must be one of the outside clowns hired by Larry. the only thing Profit is good at is bulling people!!

Since: Sep 08

Chicago, IL

#47 Sep 26, 2008
Cicero people....

what about all those town of Cicero vehicles at his golf outing today?

what about Lair-ry having 3 body guard, a security camera at home and auxiliary officers at his home?

what about his wife Liz having a body guard?

what the 3 million dollar law man Delgaldo?

what the ghost employees relatives of Lair-ry who work less than 14 hours a week?

Its' simple...
" WASTEFUL!!!!"
kaitlin

Chicago, IL

#48 Sep 26, 2008
It is a sad to hear how Mexicans are being blamed for everything. Cicero was corrupt before any Mexican was allowed to move into Cicero. As a minority Mexicans need to increase their education and take control of a town that now belongs to them.
Government and police tactics along with racism that is evident in previous entries is what keeps the people of cicero too afraid to demand change and improvment in the town. Dominick has run Cicero to the ground just like Bush has run the contries' economy into the ground.
If proft is getting paid what this article says he is. It is up to Cicero residents to demand accountability and make the necessary changes.
Dominick's days in office are few. However as history has proven over and over, another greedy shifty bastard will take over and treat residents the same.
Cicero Reader

Burbank, IL

#49 Sep 26, 2008
kaitlin wrote:
It is a sad to hear how Mexicans are being blamed for everything. Cicero was corrupt before any Mexican was allowed to move into Cicero. As a minority Mexicans need to increase their education and take control of a town that now belongs to them.
Government and police tactics along with racism that is evident in previous entries is what keeps the people of cicero too afraid to demand change and improvment in the town. Dominick has run Cicero to the ground just like Bush has run the contries' economy into the ground.
If proft is getting paid what this article says he is. It is up to Cicero residents to demand accountability and make the necessary changes.
Dominick's days in office are few. However as history has proven over and over, another greedy shifty **** will take over and treat residents the same.
Oh, please. It amazes me how people who haven't been in this town have such strong opinions based on fantasy.
People who live in Cicero are fed up with the actions of illegal aliens. There is no question that they have brought increased crime, gang-banging, disease, rats, etc.
The town of Cicero does not belong to ANY one racial/ethnic group, Kaitlin and it certainly does not belong to the illegals who have no business here in the first place. Cicero belongs to ALL of its citizens and Larry Dominick has bent over backward to make certain that EVERYONE feels he/she has a stake.
Your statement that Dominick has "run Cicero into the ground" is simply foolish and uninformed. Our tax receipts are the envy of many a town in Cook County. Dominick has brought large business into our town. We have beautiful new parks, schools, a movie theatre, shopping, improved infrastructure and a new town hall. In addition, the town offers free medical, dental, and mental health services to the neediest among us. Our Senior program is considered the best around.
The people of Cicero are politically savvy and active people. I'm sorry to say that you just don't get it.
And the comment about "police tactics" is an insult to those who protect us daily. Our police are WONDERFUL and do an outstanding job. It is a fully integrated police force that does an outstanding job with monthly community meetings and outreach to children in our school system.
The taxpayers and voters are PLEASED with Dan Proft. If he wasn't doing his job he wouldn't be here. Period. We are a big town with a big story to tell. Your mental picture is of a town that existed in the 1920s. Get a clue. Prohibition is over. We're dealing with gang-bangers today, not the Mob. The Mob is dead. Get a new perspective.
It's clear that you don't know ANYTHING about this town. There is an old saying that is particularly appropriate here, "It's a Cicero thing, you wouldn't understand.
Berwyn Resident

United States

#50 Sep 27, 2008
kaitlin wrote:
It is a sad to hear how Mexicans are being blamed for everything. Cicero was corrupt before any Mexican was allowed to move into Cicero. As a minority Mexicans need to increase their education and take control of a town that now belongs to them.
Government and police tactics along with racism that is evident in previous entries is what keeps the people of cicero too afraid to demand change and improvment in the town. Dominick has run Cicero to the ground just like Bush has run the contries' economy into the ground.
If proft is getting paid what this article says he is. It is up to Cicero residents to demand accountability and make the necessary changes.
Dominick's days in office are few. However as history has proven over and over, another greedy shifty **** will take over and treat residents the same.
As much as people don't want to believe it Cicero is 85% Latino or more. Funny how the town's elected officials don't even closely represent the demographics of the town. How can the officials even relate to their residents if they don't even speak Spanish or understand the cultures of their residents? It seems as long as the majority of residents are indifferent to Cicero politics, Cicero's "elite" will stay in power. Unfortunately, most residents do have low education levels and questionable residency status and these are two factors that keep most residents indifferent to the politics there.
concern employee

Chicago, IL

#51 Sep 28, 2008
Cicero Reader wrote:
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Oh, please. It amazes me how people who haven't been in this town have such strong opinions based on fantasy.
People who live in Cicero are fed up with the actions of illegal aliens. There is no question that they have brought increased crime, gang-banging, disease, rats, etc.
The town of Cicero does not belong to ANY one racial/ethnic group, Kaitlin and it certainly does not belong to the illegals who have no business here in the first place. Cicero belongs to ALL of its citizens and Larry Dominick has bent over backward to make certain that EVERYONE feels he/she has a stake.
Your statement that Dominick has "run Cicero into the ground" is simply foolish and uninformed. Our tax receipts are the envy of many a town in Cook County. Dominick has brought large business into our town. We have beautiful new parks, schools, a movie theatre, shopping, improved infrastructure and a new town hall. In addition, the town offers free medical, dental, and mental health services to the neediest among us. Our Senior program is considered the best around.
The people of Cicero are politically savvy and active people. I'm sorry to say that you just don't get it.
And the comment about "police tactics" is an insult to those who protect us daily. Our police are WONDERFUL and do an outstanding job. It is a fully integrated police force that does an outstanding job with monthly community meetings and outreach to children in our school system.
The taxpayers and voters are PLEASED with Dan Proft. If he wasn't doing his job he wouldn't be here. Period. We are a big town with a big story to tell. Your mental picture is of a town that existed in the 1920s. Get a clue. Prohibition is over. We're dealing with gang-bangers today, not the Mob. The Mob is dead. Get a new perspective.
It's clear that you don't know ANYTHING about this town. There is an old saying that is particularly appropriate here, "It's a Cicero thing, you wouldn't understand.
What a joke...Mr. Profit is trying to save his job...
mike

Glendale Heights, IL

#52 Sep 29, 2008
dan profit is full of it.. he's just a smart greedy person who tries to insult everyone with his intellect. he's the number 1 crook in cicero right behind larry and the delgaldo lawyer.
rob

Berwyn, IL

#54 Sep 29, 2008
wag wrote:
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"concern" employee. Gee, you must be one of the functionally illiterate who lost his job! Hahahahahahahahaha!
This is Dan Proft insulting someone with his intellect, easy Dan you little camper.

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