Bradley grad joins Sanguinetti efforts on education, legislation
Bradley alumnus Derek Cantu has been named a criminal-justice policy expert for the governor and lieutenant governor.
Cantu, a 2014 graduate in history education, will work as a policy analyst for Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, dedicated to legislative affairs and advising Sanguinetti on issues related to education policy.
While at Bradley, Cantu earned a Fulbright Fellowship and worked in the Slovak Republic as an English teaching assistant. He also worked on education policy with the governor's office through the James H. Dunn Fellowship.
The governor and lieutenant governor's offices announced their criminal-justice and health and social services policy experts on Thursday, Sept. 21. The policy teams include representatives from the government, nonprofits and the private sector.
Michael Lucci, Gov. Bruce Rauner's deputy chief of staff for policy who will direct the policy teams, said in a news release that the teams will focus on bipartisan reforms.
“This administration is focused on creating a compassionate state with a competitive, growth-oriented economy that produces opportunity and second chances in life,” Lucci said in the news release. “Criminal justice and public safety are central to that agenda, and the state’s health-care and social-services programs provide a critical safety net for those in need and help Illinoisans get back on their feet.”