Elgin mayor recognized by Greek-American group
Elgin Mayor David Kaptain was recognized for his community outreach and commitment to sustainability with an award from the United Hellenic Voters of America.
Kaptain was named Mayor of the Year at the group's 43rd annual event in Addison. Kiki Whitehead, national supreme chairman for the group, said Kaptain was nominated by Angelo Bravos, national president and adjunct professor at Judson University.
"(Kaptain) came highly recommended, first of all for what he is preaching," Whitehead said.
Mayors across the country are becoming aware of sustainability issues, Kaptain said. He was among the first to sign onto Climate Mayors -- also known as Mayors National Climate Action Agenda -- and adopt the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement after President Donald Trump withdrew U.S. participation. The initiative now numbers 382 mayors across the country.
Kaptain said he and Bravos are acquaintances, and for a while worked on a project to make Trikala, Greece a sister city to Elgin with an apprenticeship program in Elgin for Greek youths. The plan fell through due to economic uncertainty in Greece, Kaptain said.
United Hellenic Voters of America, based in Addison and with 10 chapters in other states, is nonpartisan and endorses political candidates for the information of the Greek-American community, Whitehead said.
The group also named Gov. Bruce Rauner "Person of the Year" Saturday.
Last year's mayor's award went to David Brummel of Warrenville.