04252018CM0552SPRINGFIELD – Senator Cristina Castro’s (D-Elgin) measure to protect undocumented immigrant tenants from landlord harassment passed the Senate today.

Senate Bill 3103 creates the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act, which prohibits landlords from questioning a tenant’s immigration status as a means of harassment or to force an eviction.

“Most landlords do the right thing, but some try to take advantage of their tenants,” said Castro. “We have to put a protection in place to ensure that landlords are not holding their tenants’ immigration status over their head to pressure higher rent or eviction.”

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East Bay Trail 1SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced yesterday that it has approved 54 projects across the state through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program.

 In Senator Cristina Castro’s (D-Elgin) district, the Village of Streamwood will receive over $650,000 in funding to widen Irving Park Road.

“It’s important to invest in our local infrastructure,” Castro said. “I am excited to see the finished project in Streamwood and the positive effect it has on the overall quality of life in the community.” 

These projects were approved and made possible by federal funds directed to IDOT and focus on improving alternative options for getting around local communities, including walkways and bike paths.

For more information regarding the Illinois transportation Enhancement Program, click here.

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Castro DACAResponseSPRINGFIELD – Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) released the following statement regarding the federal court’s ruling that the Trump administration’s repeal of DACA was unlawful:

“I applaud the decision of US District Judge John D. Bates. Clearly, the Trump administration based its decision to end DACA in shallow and bias arguments that lead Judge Bates to consider the Executive’s action unlawful.

“Not only shall DACA remain alive, but soon new applicants may benefit from this enacted program. This step forward should only be a precedent to our ultimate goal, which is to pass federal legislation that protects DACA recipients permanently.”  

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04262018CM0154SPRINGFIELD– Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) is working to ensure that Illinois consumers get rebates in a fair way.

Senate Bill 3102 makes it unlawful for retailers to offer consumers a rebate made on a store-value card that charges inactivity fees or other post-issuance fees.

“If a consumer is owed money from a rebate, they shouldn’t be hindered by dormancy fees,” said Castro. “It is unlawful and unfair. Consumers shouldn’t be at risk of being charged for getting a rebate. That is their money.”

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