Louis Apostol (’78) was recently re-elected Vice President for the Hellenic Foundation in Chicago. He formerly served as President four years ago. This organization issues over $350,000 in grants to charitable 501(c)3 organizations each year.
Louis is the current public administrator of Cook County. He formerly served as the Executive Director, general counsel and legislative liaison for the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (2008-2017). He has been a practicing lawyer in Illinois for over 40 years and was a partner in several large law firms in Chicago specializing in civil and criminal litigation, tax, finance, property, administrative and government law. He is a certified executive (CAE), having served as general counsel and chief operating officer to multiple corporations and associations.
He has also served as a Commissioner/trial judge on the Illinois Court of Claims (2003-2008), was appointed a Special Counsel for the City of Chicago and is a member of Chicago Sister Cities International, as an appointee of the Mayor (1992-present). He served as Chair of the Attorney’s Advisory Committee for the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Cook County. He is an active member and contributor to many charitable organizations such as the Diversity Scholarship Foundation, “Leadership 100” and served as the President of the Hellenic Foundation in Chicago. He was elected to the NIU National Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2015. In 2016, he was elected to the Associated Colleges of Illinois Board of Directors. In 2018, he was appointed to the position of “Distinguished Advisor” to the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago.
Louis is an active member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Chicago Council of Lawyers and Hellenic Bar Association, having served as Chair, Vice Chair and Legislative Liaison to various committees. In 1997, he received the “Hellene of the Year Award” from the HBA in Chicago. In 1998, he received the “Distinguished Service Award” from the NIU College of Law. In 2003, he received the “Community Service Award” from the Association Forum of Chicago. In 2012, he received the “Outstanding Government Service Award” from the United Hellenic Voters of America and was elected to the National Supreme Board. He was inducted into its “Hall of Fame” in 2013. In 2004 and 2005, he was featured on the “Best Lawyers in America” – Sky News Program. He has been a speaker at bar associations and public interest groups nationwide. In 2018, he received the prestigious “Public Service Award” from the NIU College of Law.