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State Rep. Cynthia Soto utilizes her professional experience and community involvement to represent the people of the 4th District. Throughout her tenure as a state legislator, she has sponsored legislation reflecting her commitment to working families, access to affordable health care, better schools, and safer neighborhoods.
Soto has sponsored critical measures designed to assist working families in Illinois. A landmark health care initiative, Family Care, provides health insurance to the working parents of children eligible for the KidCare program. The measure benefits up to 200,000 working parents who do not currently qualify for Medicaid, and cannot afford private insurance.
Soto is recognized for her hard work in improving health care. In 2013, she co-sponsored a new law that extends Medicaid and takes advantage of federal dollars to provide health coverage to low-income and high-need Illinois residents who are currently uninsured. She also worked to make sure that those who need coverage the most receive it. Soto has hosted senior citizen health fairs, such as a Diabetes Awareness workshop, where valuable health and social service information and referrals are provided to local residents.
Through her work as a supervisor in the Cook County State's Attorney's Child Support Enforcement Division, Soto understands the importance of timely child support payments made in full. Soto led the fight in Springfield to pass legislation ensuring parents do not hide from their responsibility to pay child support.
In addition to serving as a legislator, Soto remains active in her community on Chicago's Near North Side. She is a board member of the Near North Civic Committee, an organization that provides after-school programs for youth, Boys and Girls Scouts, and mentoring services. She is a member of the local chapter of the Community Alternative Police Strategy (CAPS) program and the Illinois Family Support Enforcement Association.
Soto attended James Otis Elementary School in West Town and St. Procopius High School, and she began her professional career working as a clerk in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. Cynthia and her husband have lived on Chicago's Near North Side for more than 30 years. They have three daughters.
The 4th District includes the communities of Bucktown, East Village, Hermosa, Humboldt Park, Logan Square, West Town, Wicker Park, and Ukrainian Village.