Illinois Police & Sheriff's News
Cicero's Kind of Cops
IPSN Newspaper, May 18, 1997
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Town President Betty Loren-Maltese presented congratulatory resolutions to two Cicero
police officers recently, citing them as examples of the kind of police
officer she hopes to have running her new police force someday. Loren-Maltese
has dumped police chiefs faster than Jane Byrne, ousting Emil Schullo last year in a
political takeover of the Town, and then replacing him two times since, first by Stephen
Zalas, and then by Clarence Gross.
Zalas was pressured to resign, and Gross was ousted. His ouster camein the wake of an
investigation into his role in the alleged beating of an incarcerated suspect wanted in
the harassment of his daughter, Rhonda Gross.
Zalas and Gross were handpicked by Loren-Maltese to head the police department, and their
failure falls directly in her own lap.
Gross, who police sources said injured his hand in the alleged beating of Tony Dehoyos,
retired from the Police force two weeks after his promotion to top cop. He was
named to a newly created post of director of Internal Services and deputy liquor
commissioner, the position that Betty held many years ago as a lackey for Frank
Gross was not replaced and the post of Police Chief is still vacant, awaiting a blue
ribbon replacement, probably to be filled by Ed The
Godfather Vrdolyak who controls Ciceros politics.
Rumor on the street is that Vrdolyak will orchestrate the appointment of Bill Hanhardt,
the controversial former Chicago police honcho criticized because of his friendships to
Hanhardt testified once for the defense in the Las Vegas trial of Tony The Ant
Spilotro. And when they found the body of slain mob associate Allen Dorfman years ago, the
only prominent police name in his telephone book was Hanhardts.
Sun-Times columnist Mike Sneed reported April 25 that Loren-Maltese is interviewing a
retired veteran of the Chicago Police Department as an interim police chief. He
reportedly is an expert on organized crime.
Word is that the new chief will have inside knowledge on the mob. If Hanhardts the
man, he just might be up Ciceros alley.
The responsibilities of the now vacant Police Chief spot are shared by Lenny Rutka, deputy
superintendent of patrolmen, and Dave Hatton, deputy superintendent of detectives and
tactical units. Rutka is considered competent and able to handle the post if given the
chance. Not a lackey, however, and considered to be too honest for the
Loren-Maltese administration, he wont get it.
By now, the question of what kind of cop Betty wants in Cicero may be a mute point.
But she did offer a clue when she presented awards recently to two police officers for
apprehending an alleged felony rape suspect on February 7.
One of the officers commemorated was Big Dan Wolff, who happens to be one of Bettys
precinct volunteers in the Town Republican Organization of Cicero.
Said the gushing Loren-Maltese, who has been busy these days dumping good cops from her
police force and replacing them with her political supporters, These two are
examples of what our police officers should be. They represent the majority of men on our
police force who are good policemen.
What the blushing Loren-Maltese forgot to mention was that Wolff, in addition to being one
of her neighbors, also was arrested and indicted on charges of gambling, operating a bingo
game without a license with Bettys late husband, mob bookie Frank Baldy
Wolff and Baldy were each charged with two counts of gambling and two counts
of operating a bingo game without a license by the Illinois Department of Revenue.
Wheres the Cicero News Media?
In the alleged Dehoyos affair, observers in Cicero said they are not surprised the
incident was hushed up and was not reported in the Berwyn-Cicero Life Newspapers, which is
owned by the father of Ciceros State Rep. Jack Kubik. Despite efforts to remain
aloof of Ciceros troubles, Kubik relies on Ciceros powerful GOP backing to win
re-election each year.
And, Betty named the El Dia newspaper as her official Hispanic
paper, which is owned and managed by the Montes-de-Oca family, who worked as
precinct captains for Bettys GOP team.
El Dia is the chief recipient of advertising dollars from the Town. Its editor is
also the Cicero Town Sealer.
What doesnt see the light of day in the Bewyn-Cicero Life or the El Dia, does get
twisted into news by Bettys political newspaper, the twice monthly Observer, which
is published and managed by Vince M. Iaccino III.
Better known as Poppers because of an incident in 1988 when he allegedly
drugged and sexually molested a 17 year old Cicero boy, Iaccino takes the bad news and
mulches it into positive blather.
Vince receives a salary from both the Town of Cicero as an aide to the Town President and
editor of the towns Kids News newsletter, and a salary from the Town
Republican Organization of Cicero, which pays for the Observers printing and
When controversy does make it beyond this tight news grip of the Life-El-Dia-Observer, it
is handled by Dave Donahue, Bettys official press spokesman.
Donahue also handles politics out in Orland Park where his Cicero ties are kept hush-hush
for fear of a political backlash.
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