Treasurer Cuts ‘Party Planners’ In Wake Of Investigative Report

January 21, 2011

From CBS 2 Chicago

Pam Zekman
CHICAGO (CBS) – Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas is making some big changes after the 2 Investigators and the Better Government Association raised questions about the high salaries paid to her driver, her cleaning lady and now her party planners.

Pappas is proud of the parties she regularly gives in the treasurer’s office to celebrate various ethnic groups and holidays. It’s all part of the Treasurers Outreach Program, or TOPS, which also distributes tax bill information in foreign languages in brochures and on its Website.

“I’ve worked with 87 foreign consulates,” Pappas told CBS 2’s Pam Zekman in an earlier interview. “You should come over there and see some of these functions, these outreach receptions.”

But in CBS 2’s ongoing investigation with the Better Government Association, former employees complain that the events are an improper use of tax dollars for an agency that collects and distributes county property taxes.