118 North Clark, Room 212
Chicago, Illinois 60602
|1998 – Present || ||Cook County Treasurer – Chicago|
|1990 – 1998 ||Cook County Commissioner – Chicago|
|1982 – Present ||Private Practice, Attorney-at-Law – Chicago|
|1972 – Present ||Private Practice, Individual and Group Therapy – Chicago|
Ministry of Justice – Athens, Greece
Greek Society for Adlerian Studies – Athens, Greece
Dreikurs Institute Staff – Tel Aviv, Israel
International Adlerian Summer School – Zurich, Switzerland
Greek Society of Psychology, Summer School Staff – Athens, Greece
Society of Individual Psychology, University of Essex – England
Professor of Psychology and Counseling, Governors State University – Park Forest, Illinois
Society of Individual Psychology – Austria
Adlerian Psychology Center – Holland
Community Professor, DePaul University – Chicago, Illinois
Teaching Assistant, Loyola University – Athens, Greece
Teaching Assistant, West Virginia University – Morgantown, West Virginia
1982 Juris Doctor, I.I.T. Chicago-Kent College of Law – Chicago, Illinois
1976 Ph.D., Counseling and Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago – Chicago, Illinois
1972 M.A., Guidance and Counseling, West Virginia University – Morgantown, WV
1972 Certification, International Adlerian Summer School – West Liberty, West Virginia
1970 B.A., Sociology, West Liberty State College – West Liberty, West Virginia
American Hellenic Institute, Incorporated · Aspen Institute, Society of Fellows · Chicago Bar Association · Chicago Network · Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce · Economic Club of Chicago · Government Finance Officers Association · Greater North Michigan Avenue Association · Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois · Illinois County Treasurer’s Association · Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy · League of Women Voters · National Association of Female Executives · Symi Symposium, Member
AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Member – Board of Trustees · American Society of Adlerian Psychology, Executive Secretary · ASAP Task Force on Minorities · Chicago Women in Government Relations · City Club of Chicago · Day-One Safari, Board of Directors · Hellenic Communications · Horizon Health Care, Board of Directors · Individual Psychologist, Associate Editor International Film Festival, Member – Board of Directors · Most Notable Americans, 1976-1977 · St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital Center - Chicago, Member – Board of Trustees · Who’s Who in American Women
Achievements and Awards
Greater North Michigan Avenue Association – Eleven Years of Continuous Membership
Greek American Restaurant Association – Recognition of Excellence
Benito Juarez Community Academy Students – Appreciation
Bosnian & Herzegovinian American Community – Support of Women’s Rights
City Club of Chicago – Civic Contributions
South Suburban Coordinated Democrats – Innovator of the Year
West Liberty State College Alumni Association – Wall of Fame Inductee
Chicago Defender Charities, Special Recognition – Youth Group
West Central Association – Thanks and Appreciation
Chicago Principal for a Day, Charles N. Holden Elementary School
Hellenic Bar Association of IL, Hellenic American Dental Society and Greek Women’s University Club - Distinguished and Dedicated Service
International Hispanic Latino Mental Health Week
United Hellenic American Congress – Greek-American Statesperson Award
Greek-American Community Services – Heritage Award
Pan Arcadian Federation of America – Arcadian of the Year 1998
International Christian Fellowship for Mission, Chicago – Recognition of Dedication
Illinois Committee for Honest Government – 10th Annual Distinguished Service Award
An avid bicyclist, runner and swimmer, Pappas has participated in about 100 rides, marathons, triathlons and long-distance rides for charity, including: 500-mile Midwest AIDS Ride from Minneapolis to Chicago; Cowalunga Tour to benefit the American Lung Association; and two Ground Zero-to-Pentagon rides to commemorate the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Chicago Council on Medicine and Religion • Daniel Williams Hill Elementary School • Depot • Family Education • Association of Chicago • Jewish Vocational Services • Joliet School District • Latin School • Mormon Society of Salt Lake City, Utah • Moraine Valley Community College • National Teachers College • Northbrook School District • Ohio Valley Homemakers Association • St. Thomas Apostle Elementary School • Stone Baptist Church • True Temple of Solomon
ACCOMPLISHMENTS as Cook County Treasurer: 1998 to Present
- Debt Disclosure Ordinance – Transparency in Government
- The Debt Disclosure Ordinance, initiated by the Cook County Treasurer and passed by the Cook County Board, requires every local taxing district to annually submit an electronic copy of the agency’s most recent financial statement, debts/liabilities, gross tax levy, revenue, pension liability and unfunded pension liability. Visit cookcountytreasurer.com to review this financial information.
- Taxpayer Convenience – Payments
- NINE PAYMENT METHODS:
- Mail to lockbox
- In-Person at Chase (More than 400 Illinois Locations)
- In-Person at Community Banks (208 Locations)
- In-Person at CCTO
- Wire Payments by Third Party Agents
- ACH Payments by Third Party Agents
- Online (Internet)
- Credit Card (Internet)
- Subsequent Taxes by Tax Buyers (Internet)
- Website - cookcountytreasurer.com
- Nearly 39.8 million visitors have used this state-of-the-art system since February 2004 to:
- Check payment status, search for a refund and check 4-year exemption history.
- Download forms, applications and brochures.
- Access taxing agency debt disclosure information.
- Automated Phone System - English - Spanish - Polish - 312.443.5100
- In FY2014, the Treasurer’s Customer Service Call Center handled more than 55,000 inquiries. The Automated Phone System was used 179,786 times without live representative assistance from January 1, 2014 to August 31, 2014 to:
- Check payment status and search for a refund.
- Receive important frequently updated information on the property tax system.
- EMail System - Customer Relationship Management System
- The Treasurer’s Office has received and responded to nearly 125,000 emails since 2003.
- Budget – Fiscal Responsibility
- In 2014, the 060 corporate budget fell from $1,967,061 to $1,305,389, a 33.6 percent decrease in money from tax revenues in one year. The reduction was attributed to the elimination of vacant positions on the corporate fund and the shifting of six (6) positions to the 534 Automation Fund.
- The $661,672 reduction will also save the County an estimated $155,000, as the fringe benefits will now be absorbed by the 534Automation fund.
- The 33.6 percent reduction coupled with an additional 7.9 percent credit for absorbing the fringe benefits, gives the Treasurer’s office a total reduction of 41.5 percent.
- Reduction in Staff
- Reduced staff from 250 employees in 1998 to 89 employees in Fiscal Year Fiscal Year 2015, a reduction of almost 65 percent. Note: Upon taking office, recruited and hired specialized professional-level employees.
- Web-based Systems for Third Parties
- Wire payments from commercial users have totaled 16 million payments ($42 billion) since August 2003.
- Third Party Agent (TPA) – ACH Payments. The Treasurer’s Office instituted a system for commercial users (banks, mortgage and title companies) to pay via ACH direct debit transactions from an online site instead of submitting individual checks to the office. Commercial users have submitted more than 561,000 payments (almost $2 billion) since 2007.
- Subsequent Tax Electronic Payment System (STEPS) allows Annual Tax Buyers to pay subsequent property taxes online through an ACH debit. Since December 17, 2007, there have been nearly (more than $788 million) subsequent tax payments.
- Real-Time TPA System (RTS) allows banks, mortgage, and title companies to pay property taxes online through an ACH debit and receive an instant receipt. Over 480,354 payments have been made since the system was implemented February 4, 2008.
- Designed Online Taxing Agency Extranet, which provides an informational site for communication with taxing agencies.
- Implemented an Automated Tax Sale to replace the traditional outcry auction. Previously the sale would take one month, now takes four days.
- Informational Brochures
- Informational brochures are currently available in English and 23 languages: Albanian, Arabic, Assyrian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovakian, Spanish, Thai, Ukrainian and Urdu. The informational brochures have been downloaded 469,755 times (foreign brochures downloaded 394,516 times) since 2006.
All data through August 1, 2014 unless otherwise stated.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS as Cook County Commissioner: 1990 to 1998
- Initiated and successfully fought for ethics and human rights ordinances.
- Successfully introduced ordinance requiring at least one public hearing on any measure to increase county debt. Public notice by newspaper publication must be given in advance of such hearing.
- Introduced ordinance calling for property tax abatement of $32 million.
- Established through Board Resolution, the Citizen’s Advisory Sub-Committee on Law Enforcement, comprised of members of the legal, academic, social and public policy-making communities. This panel contributed numerous hours examining the county’s fragmented criminal justice database, jail construction and operations, and other aspects of the criminal justice system both in the county and statewide.
- Co-authored a 30-page study on teenage pregnancy, outlining a wide-ranging program to combat this serious matter.
- Introduced numerous measures designed to instill fiscal reform. These measures included ordinances demanding truth-in-budgeting, fixed sum construction contracts on projects involving new structures that preclude expensive change orders, an end to no-bid legal and bond issue contracts, and periodic status reporting by outside consultants.
- Introduced an ordinance imposing a fine on any person who willingly falsifies residency or other information in order to gain free access to county health care services.
- Introduced the electronic home monitoring user fee ordinance, and successfully pushed for the enabling state law to have these criminal defendants pay at least a portion of their incarceration costs.
For a more extensive biography of Treasurer Maria Pappas, click here.