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Castro: Blagojevich sentence commutation shameful

Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 01:35 PM

Sen. Cristina CastroSPRINGFIELD – Disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence was commuted by President Donald Trump Tuesday after just over seven years served. State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin), who serves on the Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform, issued the following statement:

“Rod Blagojevich’s sentence was commuted because he is friends with the president and appeared on his reality show, and no other reason. The misdeeds he committed while governor of our great state are disgraceful and embarrassing, and it’s a shame that his friendship with the president affords him the luxury of not facing the full consequences of his actions.”

Castro seeks answers, solutions at ethics commission hearing on lobbying

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 03:56 PM

castro ethics 101520CHICAGO – The Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform met to discuss lobbying regulation Wednesday.

“I’m fed up with it, and I know the people of Illinois are fed up with it too,” said State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin). “It’s time we get to the bottom of the issue, figure out the root cause, and solve it once and for all in a way that prevents us from having to do yet another joint ethics commission a few years down the road.”

At Wednesday’s meeting, the commission focused on lobbying and lobbying reform. Representatives from the city of Chicago, the secretary of state, the Illinois Municipal League, and several other organizations were present to answer questions and provide insight.

“It’s clear that something needs to be done, but it can’t be one sided,” Castro said. “Whatever reforms come out of this commission will affect everyone, so we need to be sure that nobody faces undue burdens as a result.”

Castro sponsored the resolution to form the joint ethics commission last year, and was later appointed to sit on it. The commission has several additional meetings scheduled in the coming months and must file a report of its findings by March 31.

Castro wants to close legislative pay loophole

Published: Monday, January 13, 2020 12:42 PM

castro 060219SPRINGFIELD – A loophole in legislative pay law allowing legislators to receive an entire month’s pay despite not serving the full month would be closed under a proposal by State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin).

“In any other job, a person would not be compensated for an entire month if they only worked one day,” Castro said. “This is a glaring loophole that has been exploited far too many times at the taxpayers’ expense, and I’m sick of it. It needs to be closed.”

Castro: Covering up crimes should be punished, not rewarded

Published: Thursday, January 09, 2020 08:49 AM

castro 060219SPRINGFIELD – In response to a WBEZ report that a former lobbyist attempted to use cover ups as leverage in a friend’s upcoming disciplinary hearing, State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) released the following statement:

“If someone covers up crimes or unethical practices, they should be punished, not rewarded. It is unconscionable that the culture in Springfield has created an environment that allows behavior like this to occur. That’s why I have fought and will continue to fight for the ethical reforms that will make the people of Illinois regain trust in their government officials.”

Sen. Cristina Castro

Senator Cristina Castro

22nd Senate District

Years served: 2017 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Commerce and Economic Development; Energy and Public Utilities; Labor; Revenue (Chairperson); Transportation; Veterans Affairs (Vice-Chairperson); Government Accountability/Pensions (Chairperson); Opioid Crisis Abatement Spec. Com..

Associated Representative(s):
Anna Moeller
Fred Crespo