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.
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I invite you to contact me about any legislative or policy topic. Your input is always appreciated.
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Pihos Perspective - April 22nd, 2014
House Approves Additional Investigation of Troubled Chicago ProgramThe Illinois House has approved a deeper investigation of state moneys allocated to Governor Quinnís community anti-violence programs. The resolution calls upon the Illinois Auditor General to examine the programís spending practices, hiring procedures, and compliance with applicable state laws and regulations.
In a February report, the Auditor General exposed questionable spending practices, ethical violations and exertion of political influence in directing the expenditure of state tax dollars. According to the report, the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) program was hastily implemented, limiting the time for appropriate planning. In fact, some of the most violent Chicago neighborhoods were not included in the program. Required timesheets were not consistently maintained, and expenses were not adequately monitored, according the Auditor Generalís findings. In total, the report questioned $1.8 million of the $4.4 million, or 40 percent, charged to the NRI program. The NRI audit was ultimately referred to the U.S. Attorney General for further review of potential criminal violations.
While spending for education, infrastructure improvements, and many other critical programs continues to be cut back, the Governor was able to increase limited state resources for the NRI. As a member of the Legislative Audit Commission, I join with my colleagues in supporting House Resolution 888 which directs the Auditor General to conduct a performance audit of state moneys provided through the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority to all community based violence prevention programs, after school programs, and the Chicago Area Project, under contracts or grant agreements in Fiscal Year 2013 and Fiscal Year 2014.
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