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Castro named to joint ethics commission

Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 04:08 PM

castro 060219SPRINGFIELD – Just days after passing a resolution through the Senate creating it, State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) was named to the Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform by Senate President John J. Cullerton.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Castro said. “It’s time to get started.”

The commission was established by House Joint Resolution 93, which Castro sponsored during the second week of veto session. The commission will consist of members appointed by the four legislative leaders, the governor, the attorney general and the secretary of state, and will review various state ethics laws and make recommendations to the General Assembly.

“This commission will lay the groundwork for ethics reform in Illinois,” Castro said. “When we see allegations like the ones in recent months, they call into question the integrity of our Democracy. To act quickly to restore that trust, I sponsored the legislation that created this commission and I am proud to serve on it.”

State Senator Elgie Sims (D-Chicago) was also named to the commission.

Castro establishes joint ethics commission

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2019 04:26 PM

scales ethics 111419SPRINGFIELD – A 16-member ethics commission will be formed after a resolution sponsored by State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) passed the Senate this week.

“Legislators and lobbyists absolutely must be held to high standards,” Castro said. “No one should be able to profit from their public service.”

House Joint Resolution 93 creates the Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying. The commission will be comprised of 16 members appointed by the Senate president, the Senate minority leader, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the House minority leader, the governor, the secretary of state and the attorney general.

Building safety officials name Castro Legislator of The Year

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2019 11:40 AM

castro loy photoSCHAUMBURG – The Illinois Council of Code Administrators, a statewide organization comprised of municipal and county building department officials, named State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) the 2019 Legislator of the Year.

“Building safety isn’t something we often think about, but it’s an extremely important aspect of all construction jobs,” Castro said. “I’m honored to have been named Legislator of the Year, and I vow to continue passing legislation that helps keep contractors, construction workers, and folks who use the building safe.”

Castro was the lead sponsor of several pieces of legislation in Springfield aimed at insuring dangerous construction practices are done by trained professionals, as well as a new law that requires all proposed changes to any statewide construction code be posted on a state agency website, making it easier for the public to track.

“The public has the right to stay up to date on the most recent changes to construction safety codes,” Castro said.

Castro received the award at the monthly lunch meeting of the Northwest Building and Code Officials in Schaumburg.

Castro extremely disappointed by closure of mental health units

Published: Friday, August 30, 2019 09:29 AM

castro 083019ELGIN – After Amita Health announced plans earlier this week to close behavioral health units at two hospitals, including St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) released the following statement:

“I am extremely disappointed by Amita’s decision to close the behavior health unit at St. Joseph’s without any community input. Amita made an investment in the community, and many residents of the community rely on that investment. By pulling out, they are damaging lives.

“There is a substantial population of homeless people who use the services provided by the behavioral health unit to receive the treatment they need. That unit is also important for the well-being of minorities throughout the community. Since there are no other mental health wards nearby, closing this unit leaves these people with no options for treatment. This is shameful.

“Amita has left the community with no local access to much needed services. A few years ago, when former Gov. Bruce Rauner lowered the number of beds at the Elgin Mental Health Center, this put the community under a huge strain. Now, Amita is closing the acute mental health ward. This is detrimental to the community, especially during a time where we should be expanding access to mental health services.

“This closure leaves Elgin with so many unanswered questions. Amita didn’t notify anyone in the community or surrounding communities. For them to have made this decision without consulting or even notifying the public, myself, Rep. Anna Moeller, or any other elected officials is beyond shocking. I call on Amita to rethink the decision and allow the public to offer input on how closing this ward will impact their lives.”

Sen. Cristina Castro

Senator Cristina Castro

22nd Senate District

Years served: 2017 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Commerce and Economic Development; Committee of the Whole; Energy and Public Utilities; Labor; Revenue (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Veterans Affairs (Chairperson).

Associated Representative(s):
Anna Moeller
Fred Crespo