CHICAGO – December 12, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the appointment of Marty
Castro as Chair of the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Castro is a distinguished lawyer and prominent
Latino community advocate.
“I am honored to appoint Marty Castro to the lead the Human Rights Commission,” said Governor
Quinn. “He will bring a strong voice for the rights of Illinois residents to this important panel.”
Governor Quinn announced the appointment at the National Mexican Museum of Art in Chicago.
Castro is currently the president of Castro Rioja Enterprises. Before launching his own business, he
was an attorney at Baker & McKenzie for twelve years until 2000. He then worked as partner at a number of
other firms, including Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal. (Background Information)
“It is an honor to be appointed chairperson of the Illinois Human Rights Commission,” said Castro. “The
American dream is premised on equal opportunity under the law and the Illinois Human Rights Commission
provides Illinoisans with a forum to ensure that the reality of that dream is accessible to all.”
Castro graduated with a B.A. from DePaul University in 1985 and J.D. from the University of Michigan
in 1988 and has been dedicated the serving the community throughout his career thereafter. In 1995, he was
presented the Community Service Award by the Illinois Bar Association; in 2006, he received the Cesar
Chavez Humanitarian Award by the Hispanic National Bar Association; and in 2007, he was awarded a
recognition plaque for Service from the Board of Trustees of DePaul University.
The Human Rights Commission arbitrates complaints of civil rights violations in housing, employment,
public accommodations and financial credit. The Commission issues rulings on whether there has been
unlawful discrimination based on the Illinois Human Rights Act.
The Commission consists of thirteen Commissioners and a staff which includes an Executive Director,
a General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel, a Chief Administrative Law Judge, Hearings and Motion
Judges and administrative operations staff.
For more information on the Human Rights Commission, please visit www.state.il.us/ihrc.