Betty Loren-Maltese

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Betty Loren-Maltese
Town President of Cicero, Illinois
In office
1993 (1993) – 2002 (2002)
Preceded by Henry Klosak
Succeeded by Ramiro Gonzalez
Personal details
Born Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Frank Maltese
Residence Cicero, Illinois

Betty Loren-Maltese is the former town president of Cicero, Illinois. She is a member of the Republican Party [1] and received national attention for her role in an insurance scam which robbed the town of $12 million.[2]


Loren-Maltese was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but she was raised in the Chicago area.[3] After working as a waitress, realtor, and newspaper publisher, she became active in the politics of Cicero, a suburb adjacent to the west side of Chicago.

Her husband, Frank Maltese, was the Cicero township assessor and mid-level mobster;[4][5] among other duties, he was the driver for Cicero town president Henry Klosak. Frank Maltese was also a bookmaker for the mob who died in 1991. In 1993, Loren-Maltese became town president following the death of Henry Klosak.[6]

Loren-Maltese was well liked by many residents for her attempts at community improvement.[7] She was particularly well known for her efforts in helping senior citizens with free services.[6]

In 2002 she was found guilty of helping to steal $12 million of the city's funds in an insurance scam.[8] She was sentenced to eight years in a federal prison[2] in California,[9] and designated Prisoner #13706-424. She was released on February 26, 2010.[10]


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  2. ^ a b Fountain, John W. (10 January 2003). "Top Official In Cicero, Ill., Gets 8 Years In Fund Theft". The New York Times. p. 14. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Live interview with Betty Loren-Maltese (via telephone), Good Day Chicago (morning newscast), WFLD, 29 June 2011.
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  6. ^ a b Gregory, Ted (15 Feb 2010). "Betty Loren-Maltese is back and a lot closer to Cicero". Chicago Breaking News. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Deuchler, Douglas (September 2006). Cicero Revisited. Arcadia Publishing. p. 124. ISBN 978-0-7385-4107-5. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  8. ^ Engel, Matthew (31 August 2002). "Spirit of Capone lives on in Mobtown, Illinois". The Guardian. Cicero, Illinois. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  9. ^ Kavanagh, Anne (March 2008). "Trauma Queen". Chicago. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "Betty Loren-Maltese." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on March 23, 2011.

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