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Illinois State House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 81

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Greg Hose

Democratic
Attorney
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Hold the line on property taxes by pushing for a new law capping property tax increases when home values decline
  • Keep our community safe by pushing for background checks on anyone purchasing a gun so that deadly weapons don’t fall into the hands of criminals and the mentally ill; I also support removing the statute of limitations on dangerous child sex abusers.
  • Fight against Springfield politicians who have gamed the system for their own benefit; I will support legislation to eliminate free health care for retired politicians and refuse to accept a taxpayer-funded legislative pension.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Attorney
Attorney, Gregorio & Marco, P.,C. (2015–current)
Village Commissioner, Downers Grove Village Council — Elected position (2013–current)

Education

The George Washington University Law School J.D. With High Honors , Law (2007)
Michigan State University B.A. With Honor, Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy (2002)

Community Activities

Member, St. Joseph Worship Commission (2012–2013)
Chair, Downers Grove Plan Commission (2011–2013)
Member, St. Joseph Parish Council (2010–2012)
Member, Downers Grove Environmental Concerns Commission (2009–2011)

Biography

I currently serve as a Downers Grove Village Commissioner and am running for State Representative of Illinois' 81st District in order to put the needs of middle-class families first. I have been a tireless advocate for sustainable budgeting, fiscal responsibility, and maintaining critical infrastructure.

My work ethic and commitment to public service come from my late father, a small business owner, and my mother, a social worker and first in our family to graduate from college. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University with honors and graduated with high honors from George Washington University Law School.

I have deep experience in both the public and private sector, having served on the Downers Grove Environmental Concerns Commission and as Chair of the Plan Commission. As an attorney, I have represented mom and pop businesses, large international corporations and workers.

I reside in Downers Grove with my wife Rose Mary and our two daughters, Evie and Hannah.

Questions & Answers

Questions from Chicago Sun-Times (15)

Do you support term limits for legislators? Do you support term limits for legislative leaders? Please explain.
Answer from Greg Hose:

There have been a number of recent proposals on term limits, including one initiated by Gov. Rauner that has seen multiple variations.  Because there doesn't seem to be a consensus on the particulars of term limits legislation, I think it is important that we carefully look at all the options and study the merits of each. 

I would look for any proposal to include at least these basic principles: 1) term limits on constitutional officers.  The executive power should be granted only for a limited time in order to limit the possibility for abuse; 2) term limits on legislative leadership positions.  A legislator's seat should not come automatically with a gavel or particular assignment.

Who do you think bears responsibility for the budget stalemate? Do you have your own ideas on how to resolve it?
Answer from Greg Hose:

Members of both parties, both in the General Assembly and the Governor’s mansion, past and present, bear responsibility for the current budget stalemate.  What we must not do is totally sacrifice the present to repair the problems of the past.  Too many politicians are willing to decimate state services today, including services for the most vulnerable, both K-12 and Higher Education, and public safety to right a problem that has been years in the making.  We need a much more controlled approach that ensures those in need, and those deserving of services, are able to access them.  I am committed to going through the state budget line-by-line to cut wasteful spending and close corporate tax loopholes to ensure the state lives within its means, while protecting critical services like education, meals and care for the elderly, and programs serving victims of domestic violence.

A June 3 New York Times op-ed was headlined “Higher Education in Illinois is Dying” because of significant funding cuts. Do you agree or not with Gov. Bruce Rauner that additional large cuts could be necessary?
Answer from Greg Hose:

I oppose the governor’s plan to cut higher education funding by 30 percent. We must protect Illinois’ higher education institutions and ensure that they are accessible to our students, not make it more difficult for students to obtain an education here in our state.  As it stands now, too many students face a mountain of debt upon graduation.  Often, this debt hovers of them for over a decade, until they can pay it off.  Our families expect, and rightfully so, that Illinois’ institutions of Higher Education, provide our children with an affordable and quality education.  We must ensure this is available in our state.  We want our children to not only get their education here, but also take the skills they learned in college and apply them to a professional career here in Illinois. 

How should the state’s school funding formula be changed to give all children a better chance at a quality education?
Answer from Greg Hose:

I support efforts to change the current school funding formula.  What I will not accept is changing the formula in such a way that our local school districts lose money.  Too many Chicago politicians have watched the mismanagement of the Chicago public schools, only to remain silent.  Now they put forth plans to “bailout” Chicago schools.  Unfortunately, this “Chicago bailout” means that our local schools would have to sacrifice state funding in order to achieve their goals, which is simply tax dollars that belong to our schools going to theirs.  That is something I would always oppose. 

Without a budget, Illinois is spending much more than it takes in, leading to an ever-growing stack of bills, underfunded services and a growing deficit. What new revenue sources do you support to help fix this problem?
Answer from Greg Hose:

I am committed to going through the state budget line-by-line to cut wasteful spending and consolidate duplicative programs. I also support eliminating taxpayer-funded health care for retired politicians, closing corporate tax loopholes, and increasing tax rates on millionaires.

A constitutional amendment is on the ballot that would require money raised for transportation not be spent elsewhere. Do you support this concept? Also, transportation planners say more money is needed for roads and bridges, Metra, CTA rail services and the like. Do you agree and, if so, where would you get the funding?
Answer from Greg Hose:

I support the constitutional amendment putting funds for transportation in a lockbox.

For more funding, I will go through the state budget line-by-line to cut wasteful spending and consolidate duplicative programs. I also support eliminating taxpayer-funded health care for retired politicians, closing corporate tax loopholes, and increasing tax rates on millionaires.

In the last session, the governor and Legislature turned their attention away from pension reform. What initiatives do you support to reduce the costs of pensions?
Answer from Greg Hose:

Illinois’ retirement systems are in their present, unacceptable condition primarily due to: 1) Springfield politicians failing to timely make decades’ worth of contributions into the funds, which deprives the system not only of those dollars but also reduces investment returns during bull markets that would cushion the fund during an economic downturn; and 2) investment losses during the Great Recession.  Underfunding a pension fund always results in greater liability in the future.

Any resolution to Illinois’ pension funding problem must include making the full, required payment on time each year.  Public servants, including teachers, police officers, fire fighters, and many more, have dutifully invested their contributions in the fund each year, paycheck after paycheck.  The State must do its part after decades of abject failure.

As we move forward together, we must be mindful to craft any compromise in light of the Supreme Court’s rulings, which unwound years of legislative work.  Any changes must be fair to both taxpayers and the employees who have paid into the funds.  This requires all stakeholders to be included at the bargaining table.

Do you support measures to reduce Illinois’ prison population and divert more money into community-based services?
Answer from Greg Hose:

As I talk with residents across the 81st District the safety and security of our communities is among the issues I hear about most.  I simply will not support any initiative that will allow dangerous or potentially dangerous criminals out of prison early and back into our neighborhoods. 

Reducing the number of non-violent offenders in our prisons and investing instead in community-based services is a long-term goal that will reduce the staggering cost of incarceration we now bear, both monetarily or through the impact on the non-violent offenders and their families. We must be mindful, though, of our obligation for public safety in advancing any such changes.

There are calls to reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture system, which allows police and prosecutors to seize and take – permanently – property from someone who has not been convicted of a crime? What is your view?
Answer from Greg Hose:

This is not an issue that has come up in my conversations with area residents. Rather, I am hearing that families are primarily concerned with public safety, and they want a representative who will support funding for measures to bring dangerous sex offender and rapists to justice. I will support budgets that provide this needed funding, and as well push for common-sense gun laws like background checks so that deadly weapons don’t fall into the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.

Do you support allowing transgender persons born in Illinois to change the gender marker on their birth certificate without undergoing surgery first?
Answer from Greg Hose:

I understand this is a very personal issue to many people, and I support efforts to advance full equality for all Illinoisans. If elected, I look forward to taking part in discussions on this topic and working to help address concerns that may arise.

What is your view on so-called “death with dignity” — physician-assisted suicide — which has become a contentious issue in other states? California’s End of Life Option Act took effect on June 9.
Answer from Greg Hose:

While this has become a contentious issue in other states, it has not come up in any of my conversations with area residents. As they have been for over a year, residents are primarily concerned about the state budget crisis and cuts to programs and services for the most vulnerable, as well as skyrocketing property taxes that are making it harder for families to make ends meet.

What measures do you support to reduce levels of gun violence?
Answer from Greg Hose:

One of my top priorities is keeping our communities safe. I support common-sense measures such as a ban on assault weapons and background checks on anyone purchasing a gun so that deadly weapons don’t fall into the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. 

A number of states and local jurisdictions (including Chicago) have recently increased the minimum wage. Do you support or oppose a statewide increase in the minimum wage? If so, what should the new minimum be, and by when? Should local jurisdictions be prohibited from passing their own minimum wage laws?
Answer from Greg Hose:

I support increasing the minimum wage and believe we need to hear input from working families, small business owners, and other stakeholders about the details of any proposal on this topic, including what the new minimum wage should be and whether the increase should occur gradually over a few years or at once.

In the past couple of legislative sessions, there has been a proposal to add a 1 cent tax on all sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Illinois. Do you support or oppose such a measure, and why?
Answer from Greg Hose:

I oppose a new tax on soft drinks.

In recent years, there has been a growing push to increase the development and use of renewable energy sources. Do you support or oppose these preferences?
Answer from Greg Hose:

I support the development and use of renewable energy sources.   Clean energy has many economic and environmental benefits.  Economically, there is tremendous growth potential for good paying green jobs. Environmentally, I believe that we have a responsibility to future generations to safeguard our communities and invest in renewable energy sources. 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political philosophy is data-driven and results-oriented. I am focused on solving problems and putting the needs of the residents of the 81st District first.

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— October 6, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times

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