Cook County Treasurer's Office - 5/19/2023
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas will celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander
Heritage Month by recognizing business and community leaders with Certificates of
The celebration will take place on Monday, May 22 at 3 p.m. at the Cook County Treasurer’s
Office, 118 N. Clark St., Room 112.
“Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made significant contributions to many facets
of our culture and society despite having to battle xenophobia along the way,” said Pappas.
“Their achievements embody the truth that our diversity is our greatest strength.”
The honorees include: Farah Chalisa, a staff attorney with the Chicago Alliance Against
Sexual Exploitation; Chandra Chataut, a physician at Stroger Hospital of Cook County who
also provides volunteer services to the Nepalese and Bangladeshi communities; Archawee
Dhamavasi, a Thai community activist; Lydia Anastasia Hardono, an Indonesian-American
entrepreneur; Nilofer Kurji, an Indian-American entrepreneur; Tam Nguyen, an Argyle
Corridor Ambassador; Joomi Park, a Korean performer; Ahhae Song, a Korean-American
pianist; Jashim Uddin, a Bangladeshi Community Activist; Maiko Yanai, a clinical counselor
of Japanese descent.
Pappas will also debut the latest informational brochure on the property tax system in Filipino.
The online outreach brochure will be dedicated to the late Joseph Mauricio. He worked with
his wife, Honorary Deputy Treasurer Veronica Leighton, at VIA Times Newsmagazine and
Chicago Philippine Reports TV.
The brochures give an overview of the property tax system and explain how to access and
download a tax bill and pay online for free. The brochure is available in 27 foreign languages