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|Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 4th district
Soto was the chief sponsor of the Living Wage Act, which proposes that employees working for companies that receive state contracts receive a fair wage of at least $8.20 per hour. Soto guided this bill through the House of Representatives, but the measure is stalled in the Illinois Senate.
Soto sponsored FamilyCare, which would provide health insurance to the working parents of children eligible for the KidCare program. The measure would benefit up to 200,000 working parents who cannot afford private insurance. Soto continued to work to expand health care by sponsoring a law that extends Medicaid coverage to low-income women for the treatment of breast or cervical cancer.
In an effort to alleviate teacher shortages, Soto sponsored a bill that would award 1,000 scholarships for students to become teachers. She believes these scholarships would provide students with educational opportunities and equip school with more qualified teachers.
In her district, Soto has worked with State Senator Miguel del Valle; they have sponsored citizenship and immigration workshops to offer bilingual educational, social and professional assistance to the community's new residents. They have hosted senior citizen health fairs and distributed valuable health and social service information and referrals. Soto and del Valle believe that there is a need for economic and business development in their district; the two hosted a Construction Opportunities Conference in which members of the community were invited to learn about job opportunities with the Soldier Field Renovation.
Soto also voted for the 7% "cap"; which raised property taxes for recently purchased homes and commercial properties.
In 2006, Soto challenged the nominating petitions of Green Party candidate Kathy Cummings. Volunteers for Cummings collected 3,494 signatures, exceeding the minimum of 1,531 that the Illinois Board of Elections required. The Illinois Democratic Party and the incumbent's objector challenged two thirds of Kathy's signatures. Kathy and her supporters were able to bring in enough additional proof to boost the number of accepted signatures to 1,518 before the Chicago Board of Elections stopped allowing any additional evidence. The objection was upheld and further appeals were unsuccessful, allowing Soto to remain unopposed in the election.
Soto and her husband David have three daughters. Their daughter Jessica Soto and Jessica's boyfriend Bradley Fisher were arrested and charged with aggravated battery for attacking her mother's opponent Robert Zwolinski on March 6, 2016.