Crime & Courts

Former state Rep. Sandra Pihos pleads guilty to retail theft

Banned from Von Maur in Lombard as part of plea agreement

Former state Rep. Sandra Pihos of Glen Ellyn[]

Former state Rep. Sandra Pihos of Glen Ellyn has been banned from the Von Maur store at Yorktown Center in Lombard after pleading guilty June 4 to retail theft.

Pihos allegedly stole three women's clothing items in September 2017 from Von Maur, 145 Yorktown Shopping Center, according to court records.

As part of the plea agreement, she was sentenced to one year of court supervision and 50 hours of community service, along with being banned from the store. Her trial had been set to start June 4 after she previously had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Pihos, 71, was elected to the General Assembly in 2002. She lost her bid for a seventh term in 2014 to then-Lombard trustee Peter Breen in the Republican primary race for Illinois House District 48.

The 48th District covers all or parts of Lombard, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Oakbook Terrace and Wheaton. Pihos served in the General Assembly from January 2003 to January 2015.

In 2015, she lost her bid for a seat on the College of DuPage Board of Trustees. Pihos also served on the Glenbard Township High School District 87 Board of Education from 1993 to 2003.

Pihos is a former elementary and middle school teacher, gifted and special education teacher, high school guidance counselor, and small business owner of a restaurant management firm.