Located in the northeastern part of the state of Illinois and a town in Cook County, Cicero is part of the western suburb of Chicago and was first settled in the 1830s. The town was named after the famous Roman statesman, Cicero. The town’s development first grew after the arrival of the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad, where it was built going through the site and upon the arrival of land spectators and farmers after the end of the American Civil War. Cicero’s economic growth continued, however, the town lost its territory to Chicago, thus, the formation of Berwyn and Oak Park. The gangster Al Capone left Chicago in the 1920s for several years and made Cicero his base. And by taking over control of the town’s government and elections, Capone established and ran gambling halls, brothels, and others. Over the years, Cicero developed a manufacturing center that includes machinery and appliance parts, metal products, steel, glass, and packaging.
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