In 1990, Loren-Maltese's husband, Frank Maltese, pled guilty to mob-related gambling charges. In 1993, she was appointed to the position of Town President by her husband after the then-Town President died in office and Frank Maltese (heir apparent to the position) was facing prison time.
In March 2001, This American Life did a story on the town of Cicero, including a segment on Loren-Maltese. The segment detailed some of the strong-arm tactics used in the 2001 campaign, including attempts to lengthen the residency requirement for Town President in order to block candidates from running against her. A federal judge struck the referendum down, and ordered federal election monitors to watch over town elections for the next five years. The segment also examined her popularity as a firewall against the gang activity and degeneration that plagued the actual city of Chicago.
In the 2001 election campaign, she had a campaign fund of $1 million - surprisingly large for a town of just 80,000 people.