Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas today released a study which reveals the properties in Chicago and the suburbs with the largest property tax increases since 2000, dramatic examples of how the tax burden has soared on homeowners and businesspeople.
Called “The Top 50,” the report lists the 50 Property Index Numbers (PINs) with the largest tax increases from 2000 to 2019 in Chicago and the suburbs, both residential and commercial.
Every property owner can see how much their property taxes have grown over 20 years by visiting cookcountytreasurer.com.
The report is a new chapter in “The Pappas Study,” an unprecedented study that shows the county’s tax bills virtually doubling over 20 years, an increase that is nearly triple the 36 percent rise in the cost of living index.
A copy of the news release is attached and posted here.
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas on Monday released an unprecedented study of property taxes that shows the county’s tax bills virtually doubling over 20 years, an increase that is nearly triple the rise in the cost of living index.
“The Pappas Study” is a painstaking examination of tax bills on Cook County’s 1.7 million parcels of property that shows the increase of total taxes over the past 20 years, and allows taxpayers to see the increases in bills on their homes, businesses and land.
Treasurer Pappas has revamped cookcountytreasurer.com so that property owners can look up the history of their tax bills going back to 2001.
Rev. Father, Christos J. Vagias, a former priest of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, passed away recently in the Village of Mikrospilia, his hometown, in Arta, Greece. He served at St. George for over 35 years. From the first moment at the church, he was determined to organize the community of St. George and he worked diligently with perseverance and self-sacrifice for all the years without counting effort and toil. He worked for the Greek Christian ideals. A brilliant preacher of the Greek language, he preached the word of God in plain Greek that was understood by the common people. His sermon spoke to the hearts of the Greeks who gathered to hear him every Sunday. Over the years, St. George and Father Vagias, synonymous with the Christian faith, unchanged from the influence of English, became a deacon for the preservation of the Greek-Christian faith. The expansion of the building complex with the addition of the Gymnasium and a Community for social events is due to the perseverance and hard work of Father Vagias. Under his guidance, the community of St. George raised funds and with the personal work of its members, a new building was formed that covered the constant needs of the community. Throughout his ministry, Father Vagias offered support, help, and comfort to anyone in need. He is survived by Presbytera Konstantina, his three children, Ioannis, Sotiris, and Nektaria, and his grandchildren.
Rev. Fr. Christos J. Vagias with late Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago and Sotiris Vagias
Rev. Christos J. Vagias with Mark V. Tiniakos, former Board Member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago.
Left to right: Christos J. Vagias, His Eminence Metropolitan Athinagoras of Mexico and Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Johnson.
Christos J. Vagias was named Chaplain of the Chicago Police Department by Matt L. Rodriguez, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.
Remembering Nikos Pentzaropoulos, the amazing goalkeeper of the Panionios Football Team in Athens, Greece, who was highly recognized for his excellent ability and performance. He was born in1927 and passed away in 1979 following his battle with cancer. He started football at the age of thirteen in his neighborhood team and with the great talent he had, he was immediately placed in the first team of Panionios, and in1948 he was called to the National team. He was nicknamed “Hero of Tampere”, after a legendary performance with the Greek Olympic team in a match that took place in the city of Tampere in Finland during the Summer Olympic Games of 1952. While in Tampere, he was given the chance to sign a contract and start training with the Inter Milan team. He made the decision and in August 1952 he traveled to Milan, signed the contract, and started training with the Inter Team. Unfortunately, certain things went wrong and Nikos, very disappointed with the circumstances, had to return to the Panionios team. Apart from being a football player, Pentzaropoulos was also a field jumper with excellent performance, and also, played volleyball and basketball.
POLISH AMERICAN POLICE ASSOCIATION OF CHICAGO AND ILLINOIS AWARD BANQUET
On Friday, May 6, 2022, the Polish American Police Association of Chicago and Illinois, celebrated their 56th Annual Awards Banquet at the White Eagle Banquet Hall in Niles, Illinois. During the event, the newly appointed President of the Association, Thomas A. Siega, thanked all those who have shown their support for the Organization and their accomplishments. The individuals who were honored for Persons of the Year were Detective Adam Wazny, Law Enforcement, Chicago Police Department. Officer John Cebulski, Law Enforcement, Aurora Police Department. Officer Steven Kotlewski, Bensenville Police Department. Officer Kenneth Tworek, Oak Park Police Department. Officer Michael Kocerka, Chicago Police Department. Sergeant David Rucci, Chicago Police Department. The Civilian Persons of the Year were Malgorzata Kot and Richard Owsiany. Among the attendees were distinguished politicians and candidates.
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1st Congressional District
Candidate Jeff Regnier, 38th Ward Alderman Nicholas Sposato, Grand Knight Dennis P. Fitzgerald, 15th Ward Mayoral Candidate Raymond Lopez are amongst the 510 guest at the Polish American Police Association (P.A.P.A.) annual banquet at the White Eagle Banquet Hall.
1st Congressional District Candidate Jeff Regnier, Local Businessman James A. Viola and Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Dennis P. Fitzgerald.
Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Dennis P. Fitzgerald, 41st Ward Committeewoman
Amy Kessem and 1st Congressional Candidate Jeff Regnier.
On March 25, 2022, the Wreath Ceremony and the Annual Raising of the Hellenic Flag took place at the Richard J. Daley Center Plax in Chicago, Illinois. The Ceremony was attended by many officials of the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago Cook County, and of the Greek Orthodox Church. Following the Ceremony, Cook County Treasurer, Maria Pappas, held a Reception in her office at the County Building
Pictured left to right are: Hon. Iris Martinez, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Hon. Jesse G. Reyes, Judge at the Illinois Appellate Court. Hon. Maria Pappas, Cook County Treasurer. Hon. Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Hon. Lori Lightfoot, Mayor of the City of Chicago, and Hon. Mariyana Spyropoulos, Commissioner of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.
His Eminence, Archbishop Elpidoforos of America
Hon. Emmanuel Koumbarakis, Consul General of Greece in Chicago
Endy Zemenides, Executive Director of Hellenic American Leadership Council
His Eminence Archbishop Elpidoforos of America with Mark V. Tiniakos,
Publisher-Editor, Chicago Greek Press
Faternal Order of Police Lodge #7 President & Mayoral Candidate John Catanzara Jr., Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Dennis P. Fitzgerald and 1st Congressional District Candidate Jeff Regnier
1st Congressional District Candidate Jeff Regnier, Polish American Police Association President Tom Sieja, Grand Knight Dennis P. Fitzgerald
Mayor Candidate, Raymond Lopez and Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor of the Chicago Greek Press
From left to right, Grand Knight Dennis P. Fitzgerald, Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor of the Chicago Greek Press and 1st Congressional District Candidate Jeff Regnier.
Αθήνα, 13 Ιανουαρίου2022
Κοινό Δελτίο Τύπου Υπουργείων Ψηφιακής Διακυβέρνησης και Εξωτερικών
Ταχύτερη και αποτελεσματικότερη εξυπηρέτηση των Ελλήνων του εξωτερικού – Καταχώριση ληξιαρχικών πράξεων στις Προξενικές Αρχές
Με νέα, απλουστευμένη και πλήρως ψηφιοποιημένη διαδικασία εφαρμόζεται πλέον η καταγραφή ληξιαρχικών γεγονότων των Ελλήνων του εξωτερικού. Από την 1η Ιανουαρίου 2022 οι υπάλληλοι των Προξενικών Αρχών συντάσσουν και καταχωρούν τα ληξιαρχικά γεγονότα που λαμβάνουν χώρα στην αλλοδαπή, απευθείας στο πληροφοριακό σύστημα «Μητρώο Πολιτών». Αυτό σημαίνει ότι η μέχρι τώρα ιδιαίτερα χρονοβόρα διαδικασία, η οποία διαρκούσε πολλούς μήνες, θα ολοκληρώνεται πλέον απευθείας, χωρίς την μεσολάβηση άλλων υπηρεσιών και σε πραγματικό χρόνο.
Η νέα διαδικασία ρυθμίζεται με την Κοινή Απόφαση των Υπουργών Επικρατείας και Ψηφιακής Διακυβέρνησης Κυριάκου Πιερρακάκη και Εσωτερικών Μάκη Βορίδη και του Υφυπουργού Εξωτερικών Ανδρέα Κατσανιώτη (ΦΕΚ Β’ 6090/22.12.2021). Η συγκεκριμένη απόφαση εκδόθηκε στο πλαίσιο του Εθνικού Προγράμματος Απλούστευσης Διαδικασιών (ΕΠΑΔ) της Γενικής Γραμματείας Ψηφιακής Διακυβέρνησης και Απλούστευσης Διαδικασιών.
Πρόκειται για ένα πρωτοποριακό έργο που αποτελεί ένα ακόμα βήμα υλοποίησης της κυβερνητικής δέσμευσης για την ταχύτερη και αποτελεσματικότερη εξυπηρέτηση των Ελλήνων του εξωτερικού, προωθώντας την εικόνα ενός φιλικού προς τον απόδημο πολίτη κράτους. Παράλληλα, συμβάλλει σημαντικά στην μείωση της γραφειοκρατίας και τον εκσυγχρονισμό της λειτουργίας των Προξενικών Αρχών.
Ο Υπουργός Επικρατείας και Ψηφιακής Διακυβέρνησης Κυριάκος Πιερρακάκης δήλωσε: «Η ψηφιοποίηση και η απλούστευση των διαδικασιών έχουν ακόμα πιο μεγάλη προστιθέμενη αξία για όσους δεν έχουν την δυνατότητα λόγω χρόνου ή απόστασης να προσέλθουν στα γκισέ των υπηρεσιών. Οι Έλληνες του Εξωτερικού ανήκουν κατεξοχήν σε αυτή την κατηγορία. Έτσι, εδώ και λίγες ημέρες, μπορούν να δηλώνουν τα ληξιαρχικά γεγονότα με μια διαδικασία απλούστερη και ψηφιοποιημένη, που ολοκληρώνεται με ένα μόνο στάδιο, στην πιο κοντινή σε αυτούς Προξενική Αρχή. Η τεχνολογία είναι σύμμαχός μας στη συντονισμένη προσπάθεια που κάνουμε να φέρουμε πιο κοντά στην Ελλάδα τους συμπολίτες μας που κατοικούν στο εξωτερικό».
Ο Υφυπουργός Εξωτερικών αρμόδιος για Απόδημο Ελληνισμό και Δημόσια Διπλωματία Ανδρέας Κατσανιώτης δήλωσε: «Η Ελληνική Πολιτεία στέκεται σταθερά αρωγός στο πλευρό του Απόδημου Ελληνισμού και, προσηλωμένη στις δεσμεύσεις της, καταβάλλει κάθε προσπάθεια για να ανταποκριθεί στις ανάγκες των απανταχού Ομογενών. Η απευθείας καταχώριση των ληξιαρχικών πράξεων των Ελλήνων του εξωτερικού στο πληροφοριακό σύστημα “Μητρώο Πολιτών” αποτελεί μία εξέλιξη – τομή στη μέχρι σήμερα ακολουθούμενη διαδικασία που θα βελτιώσει περαιτέρω την εξυπηρέτηση των Αποδήμων μας και θα ενισχύσει τους δεσμούς τους με τη Μητέρα Πατρίδα».
Ο Γενικός Γραμματέας Ψηφιακής Διακυβέρνησης και Απλούστευσης Διαδικασιών Λεωνίδας Χριστόπουλος δήλωσε: «Βασικός στόχος της Κυβέρνησης, είναι η βελτίωση της καθημερινότητας των Ελλήνων πολιτών, όχι μόνο στη χώρα μας, αλλά και στο εξωτερικό. Συνεχίζουμε, μέσα από το Εθνικό Πρόγραμμα Απλούστευσης Διαδικασιών, να απλουστεύουμε τις διαδικασίες, να αναβαθμίζουμε την ποιότητα των παρεχόμενων δημοσίων υπηρεσιών και απαλλάσσουμε από περιττό γραφειοκρατικό φόρτο πολίτες και δημόσιες υπηρεσίες. Ανακτούμε καθημερινά την εμπιστοσύνη των Ελλήνων στο Κράτος».
Good Afternoon Friends and Members of the Hellenic Society of Constantinople,
This past week has brought the horrors of war to our attention with the Russian invasion of the sovereign nation of Ukraine. The world has watched Ukrainian President Zelensky rally his people to keep tyranny from killing their freedoms and democracy.
In his few years as President of Ukraine, Zelensky has formed a close relationship with His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. In 2018, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed the "tomos", a decree officially recognizing the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The move provoked a furious response from Russia, marking a split from the Russian Church and deepening the schism in the worldwide Orthodox Church.
Yesterday, His All Holiness was interviewed by CNN Turkey about the recent invasion. He offered his opinion and sentiments from his perspective and gave insight into the relations within the Orthodox Church.
As a member and friend of our Society, we appreciate your continued support of our mission to bring religious freedoms to all people in Asia Minor, including the Patriarchate, and so we wanted to bring this interview to your attention. To view the interview, click the link below and scroll down to the article on the home page translating the interview. A link to the interview in Turkish is also provided.
Kalo Mina and Kali Sarakosti,
Hellena K. Chrones, President
Remembering great memories with friends at a reception, celebrating and honoring the Greek Independence Day of March 25th in Chicago.
Left to right are Irene Pentzaropoulou, Vice Consul of Greece. Hon. Jim Edgar, Governor of the State of Illinois. Demetrios Zevelakis, Consul of Greece, and Thomas Stavrides, Vice Consul of Greece.
Protopresbyter Rev. Fr. Panagiotis K. Malanis, Hon. Emmanuel Koubarakis, Cousul General of Greeve with St. Athanasios and Ioannou. Womans philoptochos.
Picture left to right are, Rev, Fr. Sotirios P. Malamis, Proistamenous. Ascension of Our Lord, Greek Orthodox Church , Lincolnshire, Illinois. Protopresbyter Rev. Fr. Panagiotis K. Malamis, of St. Athanasios and Ioannis, Greek Orthodox Church, Chicago. Hon. Emmanuel Koubarakis, Cousul General Of Greece., and Markt V. Tiniakos, Publisher-Editor, Chicago Greek Press.
Picture left to right are: Coustidine Kanalupitis, Grandson, Panagiotis Malamis, Rev. Fr. Sotirios Malamis, Rev. Fr. Panagiotis K. Malamis, Hon. Emmanuel Koubarakis, Vasilis Malamis and Christos Agalliu.
NAFPLIO, Greece – A two-day visit to the capital of the Greek Revolution of the glorious 1821, Nafplio, was made by the Maritime Chapter of Ahepa in the context of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of our liberation from the Turkish yoke and the contribution of Nafplio to this struggle.
The participation of our brothers was overwhelming and moving despite their busy schedules as the visit took place during working days, and was accompanied by honorable guests such as the Mayor of the city, the Regional Governor, the Harbor Master, the Consul of Russia, the Governor of Ahepa Hellas and other renowned professionals from shipping, politics , education, health, technology, sports, etc.
In this forum we honored, learned, cogitated and supported. We first honored the historic city of Nafplio and Ioannis Kapodistrias by laying a wreath at his statue, we toured through the historical sites of the city, we learned from the events of history as people without historical memory are people without a future, we pondered our present through various sufferings and challenges we face which we are called to overcome with unity and faith, and we supported by donating the construction of a playground for people with special needs (disabled) in the central square of the city.
The commitment of our team is to be an important helper in the society and for this reason our President, Mr. Dimitrios Mattheou made it clear that our Chapter will cooperate again with the local bodies and will support the city of Nafplio in any way it can.
General, Ioannis Metaxas, Prime Minister of Greece with King George B, and Marshal, Alexandros Papagos, along with Crown Prince of Greece, Paul B', during the Greek-Italian War in 1940
Recently, Mark V. Tiniakos of the Chicago Greek Press, met with the Honorable
Charles P. Kocoras, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, and
talked about current and passed issues of interest. The Greek-American community
has honored Judge Kocoras multiple times over the years with multiple awards for his
many services and achievements.
The Honorable Charles P. Kocoras and Alex Pappas. He enjoyed his first trip to
Greece and now works in New York.
The Honorable Charles P. Kocoras with Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor and of the
Chicago Greek Press
Picture left to right: John Kasss, former reporter of Chicago Tribune with Dennis Fitzgerald, Grand Knight,
Picture left to right: John Kasss, former reporter of Chicago Tribune with Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor of Chicago Greek Press.
In 1997, I had the blessing to meet with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew when he visited the Chicago area and I met him at the Chicago Metropolis, located at 40 East Burton Place, Chicago. A special reception was held at the Metropolis to honor him. The late Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago and other high-ranking church officials welcomed the Patriarch. Also, distinguished members of the Greek community attended the reception.
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor of Chicago Greek Press.
Picture left to right: Mark V. Tiniakos, Editor and Publisher of The Chicago Greek Press, The Late Hon. James A. Geroulis, Judge of Circuit Court of Cook County, Constantine L. Tsokos, Consul of Greece in Chicago and former Ambassador.
Members of Knights of Columbus, St. Michael Archangel, Police Council #12173 who advanced to 4th Degree on February 22, 2020.
Members of the St. Michael the Archangel Police Council 12173 praying for law enforcement members at the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park
Members of the St. Michael the Archangel Police Council 12173
Mark V. Tiniakos with Hon. Attorney General for the State of Illinois Kwame Raul
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