Cristina Castro is the democratic candidate running for state senate in the 22nd district. You can vote for Cristina in the general election on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016.
Issue 1: Healthcare
Cristina Castro was the primary caregiver for her elderly mother until her mother’s death in 2015. Without the help of home health nurses, Cristina’s mother wouldn’t have been able to continue to live independently in her home like she desired. Cristina vows as the next 22nd district state senator to fight to fund healthcare services so that seniors, and the disabled have the resources to be able to live independently and caregivers have the tools necessary to provide for their loved ones.
Cristina will fight to protect women’s healthcare rights. She will protect funding for Planned Parenthood that provides critical services including prenatal services, cancer screenings, and contraception. Cristina believes women deserve proper access to reproductive healthcare and will do the work necessary in Springfield to ensure they do.
Issue 2: Legislative Leader Term Limits
Power in the hands of one or two legislative leaders, no matter their party, for long periods only encourages partisanship versus doing what’s right for the people. That is why Cristina Castro supports term limits on legislative leaders.
Issue 3: Independent Maps
Cristina fully supports nonpartisan redistricting efforts like the Independent Map Amendment. Politics should have no place in the drawing of legislative maps. Less partisan, more competitive districts allows voters the opportunity to hold their elected officials accountable for the decisions they make.
Issue 4: Higher Education
A strong economy is dependent on a well-educated and well-trained workforce. We cannot continue to cut funding for higher education. Cristina Castro is a proud product of the state’s higher education system. Cristina has an Associate in Science degree from Elgin Community College as well as a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University. She knows we need to find a way to properly fund our institutions so they can continue to prepare our future workforce.
Issues 5: State Finances
We must take a balanced approach to addressing these issues. First and foremost, we need to repair our financial and pension problems to improve our stability, which will make the state more attractive to businesses.
Issue 6: Consolidate Government
With over 7,000 units of local government, we can reduce state spending by streamlining government services. With so many levels of government there is always red tape and similar processes that hinder businesses, streamlining those processes would make it much more user friendly.
Issue 7: Taxes
Cristina is opposed to increasing property taxes or the sales tax. In addition, Castro is opposed to taxes on retirements. She believes we need look at other options first before immediately looking to raise taxes as a solution.
Issue 8: Corporate Tax Loopholes
Eliminating the tax loopholes that allow two-thirds of Illinois’ largest corporations to get away without paying any state tax of any kind is a priority for Cristina Castro. When corporations don’t pay their fair share, working families have to pay higher taxes and bear the burden of costs to vital services like education and healthcare to make up the difference. Corporations need to pay their fair share, too.
Issue 9: K-12 Education
If we get public education right, everything else will follow. If we get it wrong, not much else will matter. Our goal must be to make every public school great for every child. Cristina believes we must focus on making our funding more fair without affecting other districts. If we don’t, we will be right back where we started.
Issue 10: Working Together in a Bipartisan Manner
As a member of the county board, Cristina Castro worked with her colleagues in a bipartisan manner because she knows it should be about the issues affecting her constituents and not partisan politics. Cristina plans on bringing that approach to Springfield.
We all need to work together to compromise and do what’s right for our state. This also means that all parties need to be bold, make tough decisions, and cut spending. We need to put personal and political agendas aside and do what’s right for Illinois.