864SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) passed a measure through the Illinois Senate today honoring Sergeant Marcos Leonardo Gudino, who served the Illinois Army National Guard.

Senate Joint Resolution 1 will dedicate the US 20 bridge under Illinois Route 31 to him by renaming it the Sergeant Marcos Leonardo Gudino Memorial Bridge.

“It is an honor to be able to pay tribute to Marcos in this way,” Castro said. “He was a young man that had already accomplished so much and was meant to accomplish more. Today is a day where we remember Marcos Leonardo Gudino. I hope by dedicating this portion of the highway to him, it will serve as a reminder of what a great and courageous man he was.”

Sergeant Leonardo Gudino enlisted in August 2010 and served the Illinois Army National Guard as a medic. He planned on working for the Village of Streamwood after being offered a police officer position.

Sergeant Leonardo Gudino passed away from injuries he sustained when his military ambulance crashed while returning home from a weekend training.

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Castro veteransbillELGIN – State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) released the following statement after Illinois joined a coalition of other states and municipalities challenging the federal government’s attempt to add a question about a respondent’s citizenship status to the 2020 Census.

“The Census should not be used to push a political agenda,” Castro said. “It was created to find the most accurate data on all persons, not just citizens, and if this citizenship question is added, it will cause people to shy away from participating. We cannot allow this political intrusion to skew the accuracy of findings that we use as a guide for the next decade of public policy.”

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cap bill qeustionsELGIN – Local government entities and other organizations will have the chance to share their thoughts this April on a potential infrastructure plan for the state at a hearing for the Transportation Subcommittee on Capital.

State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) pushed for Elgin to be included in a statewide tour of hearings to highlight local infrastructure needs.

“I am excited for Elgin to be on the statewide tour of hearings,” Castro said. “This will give local groups and organizations a chance to show us what projects are needed to enhance the job market in our community and our economy.”

Anyone who has any questions, concerns or comments are encouraged to email the senator’s office with their name and organization at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The hearing will take place on Monday, April 22nd at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., in Elgin from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) released the following statement in response to the audit report released by the Auditor General’s office earlier today:

“This report confirms what we already knew. The Rauner administration knew there was a crisis at the Quincy veterans home days before staff was made aware. The lack of notice ultimately caused more deaths to the already frail residents of the home. I hope the investigation by the attorney general’s office holds accountable those responsible for this heinous act.”

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