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 invite you to contact me about any legislative or policy topic. Your input is always appreciated.
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Pihos Perspective - April 16th, 2014
Tax Hike Proposals Stall in General AssemblyWith time running out for constitutional amendments aimed at changing Illinois income tax laws, two tax hike proposals failed to advance in Springfield last week.
SJRCA 40 (Harmon), the so-called "fair tax" constitutional amendment, would abolish the Illinois individual income flat tax (current rate: 5.0 percent) and replace it with a graduated rate with higher taxes for most middle-class and upper-middle-class taxpayers and families.
HJRCA 51 (Madigan) would impose an additional 3.0 percent surtax upon upper income earners and small businesses. The surtax and individual income liability levels would be inscribed into the Constitution and would not be adjustable by statute.
Both amendments failed to move out of their house of origin by the spring break of the General Assembly. The tax hike amendments' failure to advance does not, however, affect the largest tax hike proposal of all – the push to make the "temporary" 67 percent income tax hike permanent – a move supported by Governor Quinn, Speaker Madigan, and Senate President Cullerton.
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