Residents of the 48th Illinois Representative District - As your full-time representative, now in my 6th term, I pledge to provide high quality administration with integrity during my tenure.
I am honored to serve the people of the 48th District, and the State of Illinois! My continuing focus is on platform issues of Education, Security, Seniors, Fiscal Responsibility, and Transportation.
I sponsor multiple events through-out the year to serve the interests and needs of my constituents.
The scheduled activities are open to all who have an interest in learning about state issues and available community resources.
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I've linked to the Illinois General Assembly webpage that contains information about my committee membership and my sponsorship of bills over the last 10+ years.
I invite you to contact me about any legislative or policy topic. Your input is always appreciated.
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Pihos Perspective - July 22nd, 2014
Legislative Audit Commission Opens New Hearings on NRI Scandal
The General Assembly's Legislative Audit Commission has opened a new round of hearings to further reassert oversight responsibility over the activities of the former Illinois Violence Prevention Authority (IVPA) and its troubled, Chicago-based Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) program. This $54.5 million, taxpayer-funded initiative sought to use social-work grants to reduce violent crime rates in troubled neighborhoods located within Chicago and nearby suburbs. A February 2014 audit, performed by the Auditor General at the urging of Representative David Reis and other Republican lawmakers, disclosed comprehensive failures in the fiscal controls and executive governance of the program. Meanwhile, violent crime continued to affect targeted Chicago neighborhoods.
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