Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas and ABC 7 Chicago will host “Our Homes Matter: Holiday
Phone Bank” on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, to continue helping homeowners find refunds,
apply for property tax exemptions.
“Since we started holding these phone banks, we’ve returned nearly $26 million to taxpayers,”
said Pappas. “I am especially happy we are able to do this ahead of the holidays when money is
tight. We will continue to hold phone banks as long as people have money coming to them.”
The last phone bank, conducted by the Treasurer’s Office in June, helped Cook County taxpayers
discover more than $3.4 million in property tax refunds and exemptions.
The phone bank details:
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Time: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Cook County Treasurer’s Office
Phone Bank Number: 312.603.5105
Samantha Chatman, weekend morning anchor and consumer investigative reporter with ABC 7’s
I-Team, will report on the phone bank throughout the day.
Callers to the phone bank should give their address or Property Index Number (PIN) to
researchers who will:
Search $84 million in available property tax refunds
Check if the caller is eligible for $34 million in missing property tax exemptions
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.
Cook County Treasurer, Maria Pappas, cutting the Vasilopita with His Eminenence Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago, Hon. Emmanuel Koubarakis, Fr. Chrysanthos Kerkeres, Fr. Peter Sarolas, Fr. Stamatios Sfikas and Consulate corp. at her annual Vasilopita Celebration!
On Firday, February 24, 2023 at the Chateau Ritz, 9100 Milwaukee Ave, Niles IL the Hellenic American Police Association will be honoring Greek and Cypriot Americans in Law Enforcement. Cocktails will commence at 7pm and dinner at 8pm. Tickets $125
For further information contact any active member or Elias Voulgaris at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-480-8612
St. Romans Cappella singing for peace on June 26 2022. It took place at the Holy Taxiarchae and Saint Charalambos Greek Orthodox Church in Niles Illinois
Parish Vasilopita Cutting offered by Philoptochos Society with Fr. Chrysanthos Kerkers and Fr. Peter Sarolas
Rev. Fr. Dimitri Tobias, at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, celebrates his birthday at St. Andrew Hall. Happy Birthday, Fr. Andrew!
Endy D. Zemenides, Executive Director of Hellenic American Leadership Council with
Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor of Chicago Greek Press (right), during a meeting
to discuss several Greek-American community issues
Recently, a Mass of Remembrance was offered for Maria A. Fitzgerald
by Fr. Daniel J. Brandt at St. Prisciall Church in Chicago.
Maria was the late wife of Grand Knight, Dennis O. Fitzgerald.
A Reception Dinner took place at the Blossom Cafe in Norridge, Illinois
At City Club of Chicago, The Hon. Fritz Kaegi, Cook County Assessor with Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor of the Chicago Greek Press.
CHICAGO SOCIETY OF SAINT KOSMAS OF AETOLOS
Recently, a lecture was given by Evangelos Potakis, past President of the
Pan-Arcadian Association and current President of the Association of
Saint Kosmas of Aetolos, regarding the spectacular life of the first president of
Greece, Ioannis Kapodistrias. The event took place at the Hall of St. John the
Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Des Plaines, Illinois. The lecture was followed
by traditional Greek dances, poems, and songs.
Photo by Ted Lambousis
Photo by Ted Lambousis
At City Club of Chicago, Mike Quigley, member of Congress with Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor of the Chicago Greek Press.
On June 11, 2022 the Association Neo Kyma Messinias held a cocktail party at the North Branch Restaurant in Glenview Illinois. Shown above is the governing board and some members of the Association
Photo by Ted Lambousis
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.
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.
On Wednesday, January 18, 2023, the Feast Day
of St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, celebrated
by his Grace Bishop of Efkarpia, Ierotheos who arrived
from St. Irene Chrysovalantou in New York and officiated
along with Rev. Protopresbyter Panagiotis K. Malamis,
Rev. Fr., Chrysanthos Kerkeres, Rv. Fr. Peter Saroloas,
and Rv. Fr. Constantine Komboulis.
Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor Chicago Greek Press picture with His Grace Ierotheos and Rev. Fr. Panayiotis K. Malamis
Parishioners of St. Athanasios
Very Rev. Gerasimos Marouthas with Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor Chicago Greek Press
The Board of Governors of the City Club of Chicago is pleased to announce that Dan Gibbons, former Vice Chair of the Board, will serve as the organization’s CEO, a newly-created role, effective immediately. Gibbons, a lifelong Chicagoan and civic and philanthropic connector, was most recently Director of Economic Development at Clayco.
For more than two decades, primarily as an advisor to former Mayor Richard M. Daley in both City government and in the private sector, Gibbons has collaborated with business, civic and philanthropic leaders on a range of high-profile initiatives. He served as a Chicago liaison to mayors of other cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, corporate and civic leaders, non-profit organizations, and cultural institutions.
“Dan is passionate about Chicago and he comes to this role with substantial experience across multiple sectors,” said Jacki Robinson-Ivy, Chair of the Board of Governors. “We are excited about reimagining City Club for the next 100 years and, with Dan at the helm, our future is bright.”
“Chicago is built on collaboration among business, civic, philanthropic, arts and community leaders” said Gibbons. “I look forward to leading City Club as we deepen and strengthen our connections throughout the city, with the goal of making Chicago better for all.”
Gibbons received an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business, and a B.A. in Political Science from Marquette University. He serves on the boards of numerous civic organizations and lives in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood with his wife Kate and their two young sons.
About City Club
City Club of Chicago is the city’s oldest and most prominent public affairs forum that provides a platform where leaders share their ideas for improving our city and region. A nonprofit institution since 1903, we have a rich history and a promising future as Chicago’s hub for civic engagement.
Please visit City Club’s website (cityclub-chicago.org) to view our upcoming schedule and register for an event.
Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor of Chicago Greek Press (left) with Richard Irvin, Mayor of Aurora, at the Polish American Police Association of Chicago and Illinois Award Banquet
( from left to right )
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.
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
Mayor Candidate, Raymond Lopez and Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor of the Chicago Greek Press
Picture from left to right, Mark V. Tiniakos, Editor and Chief of the Chicago Greek Press, George Pontikes, Attorney at Law, and his wife Harriet Pontikes.
Rev. Fr. Panagiotis K. Malamis of St. Athanasios and John Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago
and Presvytera Theodora, recently departed for a month-long trip to Greece. It is a well-deserved
trip following Fr. Malamis’ hard work at the Parish. We wish them a happy and safe trip and may
the Lord bless their journey.
Photo by Ted Lambousis.
St. Andrew-Archons of the Ecumenical Patriachate.
Photo by Ted Lambousis.
Memorial services for the Hellenic Veterans were held May 30, 2022 at Elmwood Cemetery in River Grove, Illinois.
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.
Presvytera Theodora accepts flowers from the ladies of Philoptohos Society.
Recently, Fr. Panagiotis Malamis and Presvytera Theodora, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at St. Athanasios and John Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago. The celebration was held at the Church Hall and was attended by their children and grandchildren. Father Malamis, has previously served the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Demetrios in Elmhurst, Illinois, for 35 years.
Rev. Fr. Panagiotis Malamis and Presvytera Theodora, surrounded by family members
Rev. Fr. Panagiotis K. Malamis with Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor
of Chicago Greek Press
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.
Knight of Columbus
St. Michael the Archangel
Officers for 2022 - 2023
Annual Picnic at Casa Italia in Stone Park
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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