Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas will host members of the Polish community in her
offices on Polish Flag Day, Tuesday, May 2.
The commemoration will occur at 1 p.m. in the Cook County Treasurer’s Office, 118 N. Clark
St., Room 112, following the Polish Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day Celebration at noon
at Daley Plaza across the street.
“Chicago’s Polish community has been an integral part of the city for generations,” said
Pappas. “Polish Americans have played a crucial role in the fields of politics, religion,
education and culture. They deserve this celebration.”
Expected to attend are: Dr. Lucia Mirowska-Kopec, president of the Alliance of Polish Clubs;
Jan Kopec, a May 6th Polish Constitution Day Parade organizer and an Honorary Cook
County Deputy Treasurer; Michelangelo Siracki, vice-chairman of the parade committee; Col.
Andrew Adamczyk, grand marshal of the parade; James Robaczewski, vice-marshal of the
parade; Mariann Mosz, the Queen of the parade and her court; Frank Spula, president of the
Polish National Alliance; Michael Niedzinski, president of the Polish American Congress-
Illinois Division; and officials from Rzeszow, a city in southeastern Poland.
Pappas has strong ties to the Polish community. In March, she spoke during the Casimir
Pulaski Day celebration at the Polish Museum of America. Pappas was honored by Chicago’s
oldest Polish Daily newspaper with the “2021 Person of the Year” award.
“Treasurer Pappas is one of the of the most faithful officials in government,” Mirowska-Kopec
said. “She is always present at our events and a true friend of Polonia.”
Pappas also will unveil her office’s new Polish-language outreach video during the
celebration. The video will show taxpayers how to see if they are due a property tax refund
for overpayments or missed exemptions.
The Treasurer created informational brochures in Polish and 26 other languages to help
homeowners understand the property tax system. The Treasurer’s website,
cookcountytreasurer.com, can be translated into 108 foreign languages.