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Castro: “President Trump cannot singlehandedly change the Constitution to exercise his will”

Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 12:55 PM

castro 041118ELGIN— State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) is tired of President Donald Trump’s unconstitutional ploys. This week, Trump announced his plans to end birthright citizenship for babies born to noncitizens changing a Constitutional right that was established by the nation’s founding fathers.

“Once again, President Trump is abusing his office to attract support from right wing extremists,” Castro said. “We need to work together as a society to embrace the contributions diversity brings to our nation, state and society instead of pitting people against each other. Plain and simple, the president’s actions are illegal.”

Castro announces funding boost for Education and Work Center

Published: Friday, October 05, 2018 12:07 PM

castro 041118HANOVER PARK – Local residents will soon have access to additional resources through the Education and Work Center thanks to added state funding, State Senator Cristina Castro (D – Elgin) announced this week.

The Education and Work Center is a joint venture of Harper College and Elgin Community College. During the budget impasse, both colleges were struggling to fund other responsibilities and nearly pulled out of the EWC, which would have been forced to shut down.

“I have a strong commitment to higher education in Illinois,” Castro said, “so I couldn’t sit idly by and watch the Education and Work Center close its doors while I had the power to do something in my role as a State Senator.”

Thanks to Castro’s hard work, the EWC will receive an additional $225,000 in funding. This money was originally appropriated in the 2017 budget vetoed by Gov. Rauner. The General Assembly overrode that veto to enact the budget, but Gov. Rauner refused to release the funds. The General Assembly again put the funds in the 2018 budget, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

“I do wish the Education and Work Center would have received its funding over a year ago when it was originally given,” Castro said, “but nevertheless I am grateful that this important institution will finally have the funds to provide much needed services to the community.”

Because of the new funding, Harper College and ECC have an opportunity to work together to add new classes, including classes that offer college credit. In addition, the colleges will retain the ability to add classes in the future if they see a rising demand.

“The EWC does more than just provide education,” Castro said. “It provides jobs, it’s an important part of the local economy and it offers local residents the opportunity to learn how to be successful. I’m proud to have fought for its funding increase.”

Castro urges override of wage gap bill

Published: Monday, September 24, 2018 04:20 PM

Sen. Cristina CastroSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Cristina Castro met with colleagues today urging for an override of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill she sponsored to address Illinois’ gender wage gap in Illinois and protect working women.

Had it become law, House Bill 4163 would have banned employers from asking prospective new employees about their salary history. This would ensure wages were based on experience rather than the employee’s history.

“It’s a vicious cycle,” said Castro, an Elgin Democrat. “If a woman is unfairly paid a lower wage at one job, and that unfair wage can be used to determine her wage at her next job, then she might never be able to earn the wage she is duly deserved.”

Small business advocates call on Rauner to obey his own law

Published: Monday, September 17, 2018 01:23 PM

castro 020718SPRINGFIELD – Advocates for small business are calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to better implement a law he signed but has thus far neglected to enforce.

State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) sponsored a law to ensure businesses benefiting from tax credits are taking care to do business with companies that are minority- or woman-owned. The legislation requires any business receiving an EDGE tax credit report on its supplier diversity numbers to the state.

Sen. Cristina Castro

Senator Cristina Castro

22nd Legislative District

Years served: 2017 - Present

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Committee of the Whole; Financial Institutions; Higher Education; Local Government; Telecommunications & InfoTechnology; Transportation (Vice-Chairperson).

Associated Representative(s): Anna Moeller, Fred Crespo