Cook County Circuit Court Judge Anthony C. "Tony" Kyriakopoulos, who faces a primary challenge on March 18, is grounded and guided by his ethnic and neighborhood origins. It's with him every day at work. In fact, his old church basketball court sits literally within his court-room chambers and serves as an ever-present symbol providing strength and perspective. More on that in a bit. At various times during his life, this first generation Greek American has worn many hats. There's young Anthony, Tony, husband, dad, and Judge Tony. The latter currently sits in the Chancery Division, hearing cases mostly involving mortgage foreclosures and mechanic leans, with a docket ranging from 6400 to 8400 cases. Judge Tony also presides over marriages and civil unions, including more than a few Greeks over the years. Appointed in 2010 by the Illinois Supreme Court to fill the vacancy of a retired judge from the 10th Judicial Subcircuit, Judge Tony was initially assigned by the Chief Judge to Traffic Court. While there, he also presided over preliminary hearings and misdemeanor matters beyond traffic.
On January 6, former Greek Star columnist Konstantin Zotos celebrated his 100th birthday together with his wife Mary Ellen and his daughter and son-in-law, Nausica and Ioannis Neroulias.
Prominent businessman Peter Barztis hosted an early December fundraiser for Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford's campaign for the GOP primary for Illinois governor. The event was held at the Parthenon Restaurant in Greektown, Chicago.
Chicago—Sarantos releases his 1st song “Not Where I Wanna Be” and now his fans await the release of his music video. Sarantos’ unique sound has been best described by industry insiders as “an emotionally powerful vocal style masterfully united with music that is a fusion of classic 80s rock blended with modern soft rock and pop music!” Solo music artist Sarantos, who is Greek American, has reached over 25,000 fans on Facebook and 50,000 Twitter followers without even releasing his first song yet. All this hype has made Sarantos even more excited for his music debut. The 1st song is titled “Not Where I Wanna Be” and was finally released worldwide on January 2nd, 2014.
Fortunately the number of Orthodox children’s books keeps multiplying, yet it is encouraging to see that Maria Khoury’s Christina books continue to anchor the shelves! Her books communicate to our little ones so sweetly and effectively about our faith. Christina’s Counting Book, Second Edition, is another treasure, and I highly recommend it.
Beneath the beautiful and elegant appearance of Anna Kioutas is the heart of a Greek American committed to strengthening Hellenic organizations and supporting just Hellenic causes.
Greek American Eleanna Livaditis is the new Miss Colorado USA, having been crowned October 27 at a ceremony in Greeley, CO as part of the Miss USA beauty pageant. To our knowledge, she is the very first Greek American who’s first generation to win such a contest. She’ll be traveling the state during the next year representing the organization at various charity functions, simultaneously working full time at an oil and gas company and part time as a Greek school teacher.
On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the Honorable Gus M. Bilirakis honored National Merit Semi-Finalist, Salutatorian and up and coming Greek-American, Andreas N. Stamatakis for his academic and extra-curricular achievements. The Honorable Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis is a Republican from Palm Harbor, representing Florida’s 12th Congressional District, which includes all of Pasco and northern parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. He was first elected to Congress on November 7, 2006, and is currently serving his fourth term in the United States House of Representatives.
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday he has selected former Chicago schools CEO and 2002 gubernatorial candidate Paul Vallas as his running mate for 2014, calling him a longtime reformer and expert on fiscal and education issues who will be a lieutenant governor “for the common good.’’ “I’ve known Paul Vallas for 30 years and he’s never been shy about fighting for education, reform and opportunities for working people,’’ Quinn said in an emailed announcement from his campaign. ``We have made great progress these last few years, but serious challenges remain and our mission is not yet accomplished. Paul is an independent problem solver with a proven record of reform. He will be a strong Lt. Governor for the common good.’’