Greek Chicago News & Notes, People & Places
LAW SCHOOL HOF
Mariyana Spyropoulos (D-Chicago) was elected President of the Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District in the last Illinois election as serving as Finance Chair. She’s fast rising within state Democratic party circles. A JD and MBA, Spyropoulos was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame at her alma mater, John Marshall Law School. On December 15, she’ll be headlining the monthly City Club of Chicago luncheon, a who’s who of Chicago civic, media, and business leaders. She’s pictured standing in front of her photo at the Hall of Fame induction.
OCT. 26 CITY CLUB KEYNOTER
NOVEMBER 4 WITH SWIM SENSATION
Diana Nyad, adopted by Greek parents, made worldwide headlines by swimming – among sharks and eels and other deadly creatures – in the waters between Cuba and Florida. She’s written a book “Find a Way” and will be appearing November 4 at the Music Box Theater to discuss her latest tome and her various accomplishments.
Alderman Anthony Hopkins (D-Chicago), upon winning election, shortly thereafter hired one of the candidates he defeated in the election, Stephen Niketopoulos, to be his chief of staff – a rare move in politics. The hiring was profiled in June 2015 in the Chicago Sun-Times by political columnist Mark Brown…Attorney Theodore Poulos is representing former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds (D-Chicago) in various legal matters…James Karagiannis is running for trustee of the village of Northbrook, IL. He garnered the highest number of votes for slating. The election is Spring 2016.
“THE PROFIT” BRINGS “SIMPLE GREEK” TO CHICAGO
George Panothiocas, FTO Christopher Liakopoulos, P.O. Dean Korbas, P.O. Michael Katsantones, P.O. Daniel Nesis…Commander Elias Voulgaris, the top-ranked sworn officer among all HAPA members, previously headed up the area near Wrigley Field and in recent months was transferred to the 17th District near Lawrence and Pulaski on Chicago’s northwest side…Promotions: Constantine “Dean” Andrews to CPD Chief of Detectives, Christopher Liakopoulos to CPD Detective, Spiro Kaldis to CPD Detective, Christopher Kaporis to CPD Detective, Harry Matheos to CPD Detective, Tom Pappas to CPD Detective…Group Supervisor George S. Karountzos, DEA, and Det. Nicholas J. Evangelides, CPD, and colleagues recently received the Chicago Crime Commission Task Force Law Enforcement Excellence award for work involving violent street gangs…Condolences to the families of recently deceased Spiros A. “Spike” Drikos, retired detective sergeant in Oak Lawn, IL, and CPD officer Theodore J. “Ted” Pappas.
George Canellis was recently promoted by Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to the position of Supervisor of the Felony Review unit.
Renee Pappas, music industry veteran and former cultural attache for Greece and official with the National Hellenic Museum, recently helped procure an exciting exhibit of rock industry classic photographs for Hilton-Asmus Gallery in Chicago, owned by artist Arica Hilton and her husband Sven Asmus. The exhibit is titled “Visions of a Magic Time” and focuses on 60’s and 70’s rock legends. Read the WindyCity Greek feature…Alex Calamos, a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, opened an alternative art gallery called Outhouse Chicago with colleagues in the River West, Chicago neighborhood and has been gaining traction with his eclectic pieces…Vivian Haritos, who works for the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation, recently launched a website to showcase her art and photography business.
ROSEWOOD’S MANDAS RETIREMENT
For those looking for the famous Rosewood Restaurant & Banquets near O’Hare, look no further. Longtime owner Jimmy Mandas retired after 50 years in the business to spend more time with his wife and kids and plans to do a lot of traveling as well. Have fun Jimmy and thanks for everything!
Oak Park, IL native Angie Poulos offers a unique service called Poulos Parent Coaching. And couldn’t we all use a bit of that.
Congratulations to Bobby Markatos on his engagement to Maria Kyriakoulias. Bobby is a driving force in the AHEPA youth movement along with the Sons of Pericles local Chicago chapters.
NCAA CHAMP HOF & GRAD SCHOOL
Former NCAA doubles tennis champion Alexis Prousis recently graduated the prestigious Northwestern University Medill School of Graduate Journalism and she was also inducted into the NU athletic Hall of Fame for her on-court accomplishments.
FLASHBACK: 1ST BIG ILLINOIS LOTTO WINNER
The Chicago Tribune ran an article in December 2014 detailing a “flashback” to the first big lotto jackpot winners from Illinois, Mike Wittkowski and his fiance-turned-wife Francine Pappas.
FINDS MUSIC FOR TV DRAMAS
Glen Ellyn, IL native Alexandra Patsavas, now living in Hollywood, has carved out an outstanding career procuring music for major hit TV shows and films. The Chicago Sun-Times ran a two-page feature on her in December 2014.
CANELLIS MAKES SPLASH IN SUN-TIMES
Kudos to Monica Canellis, wife of FOX32 sportscaster Lou Canellis, for getting some PR for her Berkshire Hathaway real estate business in Chicago by virtue of a photo and mention in the Sun-Times magazine “Splash,” helmed by Greek American Susanna Negovan. Monica was featured as one of 10 agents who open the door to their most lux listings.
IN MEMORY OF THEA NIKKI
Condolences to the family of Nicolette “Nikki” Demitropoulos on the family matriarch’s recent passing. She was known simply as Thea Nikki to this particular columnist. A sweet and loving woman, may her memory be eternal.