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Sandra M. Pihos

Sandra Pihos' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Sandra M. Pihos
Office: State House (IL) - District 48, Republican
First Elected: 11/05/2002
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: William; 4 Children: Andria, Peter, Deanna, Michael
Birth Date: 06/11/1946
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, PA
Home City: Glen Ellyn, IL
Religion: Greek Orthodox
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Illinois State Legislative Election 2002 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Require parental notification prior to a minor recieving an abortion.
Xh) Other or expanded principles

Women should have safe and legal choices in accordance with Roe v. Wade; I will work to lower the number of abortions.

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
Maintain Funding Statusa) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Environment
Maintain Funding Statusd) Health care
Maintain Funding Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Statusf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Slightly Decrease Fundingg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

g) welfare funding will slightly decrease as the number of recipients decreases

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseh) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusi) Property taxes
Maintain Statusj) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusk) Vehicle taxes
l) Other or expanded categories

Auction gambling licenses; Increase polluting fines and fees

m) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Undecidedn) Do you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
Noo) Should Illinois reduce funding to state universities to avoid a budget deficit?
p) Other or expanded principles

m) Internet taxation is a federal issue (interstate trade regulation)

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support term limits for Illinois govenors?
Yesb) Do you support term limits for Illinois state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Undecidedf) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Undecidedg) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesh) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying, and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Noi) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in (state name) are closed?
Yesj) Should Illinois provide a voter's guide to all eligible voters?
k) Should Illinois recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
l) Should Illinois restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
c) Support the use of the death penalty in Illinois.
Xd) Support continuation of the moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xf) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xg) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
h) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xi) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xj) Support the .08 blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
k) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xl) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xm) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
Xn) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xo) Increase state funding for additional security of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
Xp) Other or expanded principles

d) until the Governor's Commission has delivered its report

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xc) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xd) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
e) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
f) Support displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xj) Increase state funding for Head Start programs.
Xk) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
Xl) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
Xn) Support an annual increase in the state funding of K-12 per pupil spending.
Xo) Other or expanded principles

k) for students entereing health and teaching professions

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.
Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children of low-income working families.
Xf) Include sexual orientation in Illinois anti-discrimination laws.
g) Other or expanded principles
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity, or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:
Yesa) College and university admissions
Yesb) Public employment
Yesc) State contracting
Xd) Other or expanded principles

As long as it is taken into account as part of a "qualified" applicants profile.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Xc) Provide tax credits to property owners that install alternative electricity and heating technology.
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yese) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
Xf) Other or expanded principles

State regulations should be stricter when federal regulation contain loopholes that render them ineffective.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
Xa) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xh) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
Xb) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied by their HMO.
f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in Illinois.
h) Allocate Illinois tobacco settlement money only to health programs.
Xi) Increase state funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
Xj) Other or expanded principles

i) access DOJ and Department of Defense funds for training.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Support current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
e) Increase Medicaid recipients co-payments to help ease the Illinois budget crisis.
Xf) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
h) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
i) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
j) Other or expanded principles
In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

I will work to eliminate the current state budget deficit and provide more economic security to all residents of Illinois without raising taxes by cooperating with the executive branch to contain costs, working to end secret member initiatives and employing performance-based budgeting measures.

I will work to close the gaps in school performance across the state by supporting local control, working to keep good teachers in the field and implementing national testing standards without taking away valuable classroom time.

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