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Former state representative arrested
for alleged retail theft

Sandra Pihos released after posting $1,500 bond

By Dee Longfellow

Former state representative Sandra
Pihos, a Republican from Glen
Ellyn, was arrested by the Lombard
Police Department for alleged retail
theft on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
According to circuit court files,
Pihos stands accused of stealing
three items of women’s clothing valued
at $571 from the Von Maur store
located at Yorktown Center, a shopping
mall in Lombard.
Pihos was released after posting a
$1,500 bond, according to court files.
After serving in the General Assembly
from 2003 to 2015, Pihos,
71, lost a bid for re-election in the
Republican primary. After that, she
ran for the Board of Trustees at College
of DuPage (C.O.D.), but lost to
Elmhurst resident Deanne Mazzochi
as well as Frank Napolitano and
Charles Bernstein, who had formed
the “clean slate candidates,” running
jointly for three seats.
According to the Election Commission,
Pihos lost by less than 1
percentage point—fewer than 2,000
During her time in office, Pihos
was appointed to serve on several
committees, including the Consumer
Protection Committee. Additionally,
Pihos was named Illinois Legislator
of the Year four times by the Western
DuPage Special Recreation Association.
Pihos is scheduled to appear at 9
a.m. Nov. 3 at the DuPage County
Courthouse in Wheaton.

Police offer tips for safe Halloween fun

Lombard Police Chief Roy Newton
is reminding residents to prioritize
child safety this Halloween. In
efforts to help minimize unsafe situations,
parents are requested to limit
trick-or-treating on Tuesday, Oct. 31,
from 3 p.m., to no later than 7 p.m.,
and are encouraged to plan for a safe
Halloween with the following tips:
• Costumes should be fireproof.
• If facemasks are used, make sure
your children can see well enough
through them. Consider using makeup
• Costumes should be made of
white or very light colored materials.
You can decorate your child’s costume
and trick-or-treat bags with reflective
tape or patches to make them
highly visible to motorists.
• Toy weapons and other props,
i.e., swords, broomsticks, hatchets,
wands, etc. should be made of cardboard
or Styrofoam. Sharp instruments
are dangerous.
• Children should wear their regular
shoes instead of costume shoes.
• Trick-or-treating should be done
during daylight hours. If out after
dark, provide each of your children
with a flashlight to prevent falls on
porch steps and on sidewalks. Do not
use jack-o-lanterns or candles.
• A responsible adult or teenager
should accompany each group
of children. Never let your children
travel down a street by themselves.
Walk with them to each house and
wait in the driveway and/or by the
door until the children return.
• Instruct your children that they
should never enter the home of a
stranger or accept rides.
• Watch for traffic and always
walk while trick-or-treating. Never
• Try, if possible, to limit the size
of each group of children to four or
• Adults can help by keeping their
front yards well lighted.
• Parents should check all “treats”
before allowing children to eat them.
Only give or accept wrapped or
packaged candy.
• Stay in your own neighborhood
and go to houses that have porch
lights on.
• Parents should know exactly the
route their children are taking and
should set a time limit for trick-ortreating.
• To help trick-or-treaters who
come to your house, remove all obstacles
from the steps, porch, sidewalk
and lawns.
• Trick-or-treating should be for
young children only.
“If anything unusual occurs or
you suspect candy tampering, the
Lombard Police, 9-1-1, should be
called immediately,” said Newton.
Residents may reference the
above information at www.villageoflombard.
For additional questions, call the
Lombard Police Department at 630-

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ on Halloween

This Halloween, the Lombard Police
Department is cracking down on
impaired drivers with an aggressive
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement
effort and is giving a fair
warning to holiday revelers: Keep
the party off the road.
“On Halloween, we urge you to
beware of impaired driving,” said
Sgt. Joe Grage. “Driving impaired by
alcohol or drugs is deadly, it is illegal
and it will get you pulled over and
arrested this Halloween.”
According to National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration estimates,
more than 300 people were
killed in alcohol-impaired motor vehicle
crashes in each of the last three
years in Illinois. In 2014, 302 people
lost their lives in crashes involving at
least one driver with a blood alcohol
content (BAC) of .08 or above.
In 2015, that number rose slightly
to 315 and remained the same in
2016. Just one DUI arrest could cost
an estimated $18,000 or more and result
in revoked driving privileges for
up to a year.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled
Over enforcement campaign urges
everyone to follow these simple tips
to help keep our roads safe during
• Plan a safe way to get home before
you attend a party.
• Designate a sober driver, take
public transportation, use your favorite
ride-sharing service, or call a
sober friend or family member to get
• Walking while impaired can
be just as dangerous as driving impaired.
Designate a sober friend to
walk you home.
• If you see an impaired driver on
the road, contact local law enforcement
as soon as it is safe to do so.
• If you see an impaired person
about to drive, take his or her keys
and help the person get home safely.
The Halloween enforcement effort
is made possible by federal traffic
safety funds administered by the
Illinois Department of Transportation.
For more information, contact
Grage at 630-873-4667.

Legislators propose limits on taxpayer-funded abortions

State Rep. Peter Breen (R-Lombard)
and state Sen. Dan McConchie
(R-Hawthorn Woods) last week filed
the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion
Act,” which would prohibit units
of government in Illinois from using
taxpayer funds for elective abortions,
reversing key provisions of the recently
enacted House Bill 40.
Breen and McConchie are pressing
for full debate and a floor vote on
the measure during the upcoming fall
veto session later this month, before
HB 40 goes into effect in 2018.
“With the signing of HB 40, Illinoisans
will be put on the hook
for roughly 75 percent of the state’s
40,000 annual elective abortions,”
said Breen. “Strong majorities of Illinoisans,
especially folks in the suburbs
and downstate, oppose taxpayer
funding of abortions, and the No Taxpayer
Funding for Abortion Act will
respect both their pocketbooks and
their consciences.
Considering the average cost of
$1,000 per Medicaid abortion, we
don’t have the $30 million required to
cover 30,000 abortions every year.”
“The No Taxpayer Funding for
Abortion Act is a critical piece of
legislation that respects the moral
and fiscal concerns of our residents,”
said McConchie. “In states that have
legalized Medicaid abortions, over
50 percent of all abortions become
taxpayer-funded. The residents in
my suburban district are overwhelmingly
opposed to this new spending
The legislators are relying on
data from the Guttmacher Institute,
the former research arm of Planned
Parenthood, about income levels of
those seeking abortions and payment
data from other states that provide
elective abortion funding. Guttmacher
indicates that 75 percent of women
seeking abortions are below 200 percent
Federal Poverty Level, and that,
in states with elective abortion, over
50 percent of all abortions are paid
for by Medicaid. See, https://www.
Because Illinois’ Medicaid system
extends eligibility to pregnant women
up to at least 213 percent Federal
Poverty Level, those who will be eligible
for taxpayer-funded abortions
may be even higher than 75 percent.
The legislators also received information
from the Illinois Department
of Healthcare and Family Services
showing that the average cost, over
the past five years, for a Medicaid
abortion and ancillary services is approximately
$1,000 per procedure.
Breen drafted the No Taxpayer
Funding for Abortion Act on the
model of the federal Hyde Amendment,
which prevents federal funding
for abortions, other than for abortions
sought in connection with pregnancies
that result from rape or incest, or
that threaten the life of the mother.
Abortions under these circumstances
constitute roughly 1 percent
of all abortions.
Federal law already requires states
to provide Medicaid abortions under
these three conditions, and the proposed
Act recognizes those federal
While the No Taxpayer Funding
for Abortion Act reverses the substantive
provisions of HB 40 and prevents
taxpayer funding for abortion at
all levels of government, it adds new
public policy language on abortion,
not including controversial “trigger
language” about Roe v. Wade that
was at issue in HB 40.
“The ‘trigger language’ in HB 40
had no legal effect, and there’s no
need to reopen a theoretical debate
about language from over 40 years
ago. Instead, we wanted to start fresh
with updated language and concepts
that reflect the majority position of
Illinoisans, especially folks in the
suburbs and downstate, who care
very deeply about this issue,” Breen
“This controversial and culturally
divisive act should not be one that
taxpayers should be forced to fund,”
said McConchie. “Likewise, there is
no good reason for taxpayers to be on
the hook for someone else’s personal
Additionally, while the federal
government typically matches a
state’s Medicaid expenses, it will not
do so for elective abortions. Breen
has stated previously that, based on
the estimated direct cost to the state
of $30 million for abortions, the true
impact to the Medicaid system is actually
double that, $60 million in lost
medical services.
Within an hour of the filing of
the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion
Act, numerous legislators from
across Illinois joined the bill as cosponsors.
The bills are pending as
HB 4114 & SB 2241. Legislators are
also considering legal action in the
coming weeks to challenge whether
HB 40 can be effective before June
1, 2018, due to it being held beyond
the May 31 deadline set by the state
constitution for the passage of bills.
The current effective date is set at
Jan. 1, 2018, and legislators estimate
the five-month difference in effective
dates could prevent taxpayer funding
of 10,000 abortions or more.

Nybo named Senate Republican Whip

Illinois Senate Republican Leader
Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) has
announced that state Sen. Chris
Nybo (R-Elmhurst) will be joining
his leadership team as a Senate Republican
“It’s my privilege to have Sen.
Nybo on my leadership team,” said
Brady. “Sen. Nybo has continually
stood up for both his constituents
and for the caucus—and he never
shies away from a challenge. I look
forward to working with him closely
in the weeks and months ahead.”
Nybo has represented the 24st
District in the Illinois Senate since
August 2014 and previously served
in the House of Representatives
from 2011 through 2013.
“I want to thank Leader Brady for
choosing me to serve on his leadership
team and for putting his faith in
my ability to help Senate Republicans
be an advocate for Illinois families,”
said Nybo. “By combining
efforts with Leader Brady’s Senate
Republican leadership team, the Republican
caucus and our colleagues
from across the aisle, we can face
the state’s challenges head-on and
put Illinois on the right path moving
In the Senate, Nybo serves as the
Minority Spokesperson for the Executive
Committee and the Financial
Institutions Committee, and he
also serves on the Commerce and
Development Committee, Energy
and Public Utilities Committee, and
Gaming Committee. Additionally,
Nybo serves on the Subcommittee
on Constitutional Amendments,
Committee of the Whole, Special
Committee on Oversight of Medicaid
Managed Care, and the Modes
of Transportation for Elementary
and Secondary Education Task
This appointment takes effect immediately.

Police encourage residents to follow ‘9 p.m.’
route to prevent thefts inside vehicles

The Lombard Police Department
is reminding residents to ensure that
their valuables are removed from vehicles,
that their vehicles and homes are
locked, and that they turn on exterior
lights, as part of a “9 p.m. routine” every
night. These precautions have been
shown to help deter thefts.
Car burglaries have been on the rise
in recent months, with the majority
of these crimes focusing on unlocked
cars. The Lombard Police Department
is encouraging residents to never leave
valuables in cars and to never leave
cars unlocked. The simple behaviors of
ensuring that these steps are taken each
night may help decrease the chance of
criminals gaining access to vehicles.
To help minimize the risk of theft
associated with automobile break-ins,
the Lombard Police Department would
like to remind residents of some important
safety information.
• Do not leave valuables such as
cell phones, wallets, purses, cash or
change, lap tops, cameras, etc., in your
• Ensure that windows have been
rolled all the way up and that your sunroof
is securely closed.
• Always lock your car doors and
never leave your keys in your vehicle.
• Be sure to conceal any garage
door openers, as these devices allow
entrance into your home and can lead
to home break-ins.
• Do not leave items out including
personal information such as checks,
bank statements or tax information
• Avoid moving important items to
your trunk while in public view.
• Turn on exterior lighting including
porch, garage, and driveway lights.
If you spot any suspicious activity,
dial 911 and do not approach or confront
suspicious individuals. For more
information, contact the Lombard Police
Department at (630)873-4400.

Free leaf collection begins Oct. 23 and ends Dec. 1

Lombard’s annual six-week free
leaf pick-up for residents begins
Monday, Oct. 23 and will end Friday,
Dec. 1.
During this time, an unlimited
amount of paper bags containing
only leaves may be placed at a resident’s
own curbside, on their normal
Waste Management collection day,
without need of stickers.
Yard waste stickers are required
on any cans and also for nonresidential
properties. Stickers cost $1.97
each and are available at local stores
and Village Hall. Cans and bags
filled with grass, twigs, branches and
plant materials must have stickers.
Yard waste stickers are required
on any cans and also for nonresidential
properties. Lombard’s free
leaf collection program schedule
was adjusted in 2016 to occur later
in the year, in order to better accommodate
leaf fall and available yard
work time over the Thanksgiving
Holiday. Waste Management collects
the leaves and delivers them to local
farms for composting.
Properly bundled brush does not
require a sticker at any time of the
year. Each bundle of brush must be
securely tied and not exceed 6 feet in
length, 18 inches in diameter, nor 50
pounds. Individual limbs and branches
must be less than 6 inches in diameter.
Leaves must not be blown or raked
into the streets since they can block
the storm drains and also raise phosphorus
levels in ponds and streams,
thereby contributing to algae growth
in warm weather. The same is true for
grass clippings placed onto streets.
Mulching leaves and grass into
lawns provides useful nutrients with
no harm off-site.
Visit www.villageoflombard.org/
yardwaste for more information.
Questions may be directed to the
Village of Lombard’s Department of
Public Works at publicworks@villageoflombard.
org or (630)620-5740.

Cullerton bill to offer public education on opioid abuse

DuPage parents will soon have easily found educational information
to prevent heroin and opioid addiction, thanks to Villa Park Democrat,
state Sen. Tom Cullerton.
Cullerton’s measure, House Bill 3161, which will require the
Department of Human Services to create and maintain a website to
educate the public on heroin and prescription opioid abuse, was signed
into law recently.
“We need to equip every single person who touches the life of
a young person with the necessary resources to combat the heroin
epidemic,” Cullerton said. “This is a simple step the state can take to
make sure DuPage parents have a place to turn to help their children
kick this deadly addiction.”
The website will include items such as the warning signs of heroin
and prescription opioid addiction, helpful hints for parents on how to
discuss the dangers of these addictions with their children, available
treatment options and services, and other related information.
This new law comes in light of a request made by the federal
government to DHS. Without the passage of House Bill 3161 the state
risks losing federal funds to fight substance addiction.
The DuPage County Coroner’s Office’s reports showed a total of 78
opiate-related deaths in 2016, a 78 percent increase from last year.
“We need to make sure people know there is help out there,”
Cullerton said. “We need to make sure those suffering from opioid
addiction and their loved ones know where to find it.”
Cullerton is urging DuPage County residents to give his Villa Park
Office a call at 630-903-6662 with any question regarding where to
receive help fighting opioid addiction.
House Bill 3161 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan
support. The new law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.