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
- Website - cookcountytreasurer.com
- More than 86.6 million visitors have used this state-of-the-art system since February 2004 to:
- Check payment status.
- Search $84 million in available refunds.
- Check for $34 million in missing exemptions.
- Obtain electronic property tax bill.
- Access taxing agency debt disclosure information.
- View important property tax information in 108 different foreign languages.
- 20-Year Property Tax History
- Authored “The Pappas Study” that examined the property tax increases over the past 20 years in Cook County.
- Created online search by property address or PIN to see individual 20-year change.
- Published interactive maps that shows how property taxes billed have increased in Chicago wards and suburbs since 2001.
- 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 all Chase branches in Illinois
- In-Person at over 100 Community Banks
- 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)
- Automated Phone System - English - Spanish - Polish - 312.443.5100
- In FY2021, the Treasurer’s Customer Service Call Center handled nearly 44,000 inquiries. The Automated Phone System was used 144,971 times without live representative assistance from December 1, 2020 to October 1, 2021 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 185,000 emails since 2003.
- Budget – Fiscal Responsibility
- In Fiscal Year 2022, the office budget will be $12,703,015, a 0.4 percent decrease from 2021.
- 94 percent of the office budget comes from commercial user fees, not taxpayer sources.
- Reduction in Staff
- Reduced staff from 250 employees in 1998 to 58 employees in Fiscal Year 2022, a reduction of 76.8 percent.
Web-based Systems for Third Parties
- Third Party Agent (TPA) – Wire Payments. Commercial users have totaled 26.2 million wire payments (nearly $77 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 1 million payments (more than $4.3 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 528,000 subsequent tax payments (almost $1.4 billion).
- 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 27 languages: Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Assyrian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Filipino, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovakian, Spanish, Thai, Ukrainian, Urdu and Vietnamese. The informational brochures have been downloaded 519,105 times (foreign brochures downloaded 423,281 times) since 2006.
All data through October 1, 2021 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.