Budget.2015Published as an op-ed in the Desplaines Valley News, by Senator Steven Landek:

In the middle of a heated political election, sometimes, people miss the obvious. But this past week, Argo High School was center stage in a historic moment for the southwest suburbs when Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders came there to speak at a pre-election rally.

Regardless of the election results, by coming here, Sanders has recognized our importance as a community.

And while rallies held in other locations experienced turmoil, conflict and even physical altercations, the rally at Argo High School served as a role model for how politics can and should be conducted.

The Village of Summit and Argo High School especially should be commended for the quick work needed to co-ordinate with the Sanders campaign and the Secret Service to pull off a flawless and nonviolent rally.

Supt. Dr. Kevin O’Mara and the District 217 Board of Education members recognized the importance of this moment in our election history and the symbolism it would become. They opened the doors of the high school to a real life example of how democracy should work and why our cherished process is so important.

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Cerney.PEBrian Cerney with Senator LandekSPRINGFIELD - Brian Cerney, who grew up in Burbank and now teaches at Lawn Manor Primary in Oak Lawn, met with Senator Landek on Wednesday, March 9 in Springfield. Brian emphasized the important role physical education plays as part of a well-rounded education for our youth.

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Senator Landek congratulates Cicero presidentSenator Landek with (from left): Cicero President Larry Dominick and municipal attorney Michael Del Galdo, whose clients include Cicero.BRIDGEVIEW – Cicero President Larry Dominick was recently honored with the Donald E. Stephens Award of Excellence for the wide variety of supportive and effective services provided to seniors in Cicero.

At the annual highlight event for the West Central Municipal Conference (WCMC) on May 8, Dominick was presented the award by incoming WCMC President Christopher Getty, Mayor of Lyons, and other WCMC officials.

Dominick has served as the President of Cicero for 10 years. During that time, he has worked toward creating a “New Cicero”, focusing on attracting new economic development, implementing anti-crime initiatives and developing new programs for children and seniors.

Upon receiving his award, Dominick said, “I’m proud to be here and will continue to serve my constituents expanding services during these times of tight budgets for our youth, our families and especially our senior citizens who have worked so hard to support their communities.”

State Senator Steven Landek (D-Bridgeview) attended the event as well. He said, "President Dominick has spent his entire life serving the people of Cicero.  Every day he is out working for the people of Cicero and helping to meet the needs of working men and women."

Around 500 people attended the event at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

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Morton2015Sen. Landek with students from J. Sterling Morton Freshman Center in CiceroSPRINGFIELD - Senator Landek met with students from Cicero's J. Sterling Morton Freshman Center on May 7 in the Capitol. Led by their teacher, Samantha Skubal, students Abbey Leon, Karol Ferrer and Luz Rangel presented their project, Zhrek, and discussed the importance of technology in the classroom.

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