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Peters comments on lack of meaningful charges in "exhausting," "upsetting" Breonna Taylor case

Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 03:16 PM

Breonna TaylorCHICAGO – State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago) issued the following statement Wednesday after a Jefferson County Grand Jury failed to indict any of the police officers on charges of murder for the March killing of Breonna Taylor: 

“Breonna Taylor should be alive right now. We keep seeing the same stories over and over again. It is exhausting and upsetting. 2020 has shown just how flawed our institutions are within a system stacked against us. Do not let anyone shut down the fight for a better world.”

Peters: Grants will put University of Chicago on cutting edge of quantum research

Published: Thursday, August 27, 2020 04:22 PM

u of chicago 082720CHICAGO – Earlier this week, the US Department of Energy announced $115 million grants for quantum research centers at two facilitates affiliated with the University of Chicago. State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago), who represents the area including the university, is excited and hopeful about the future prospects the grants bring to the district as well as the state as a whole.

Peters praises Gov.’s clean energy principles, stresses importance of continuing work

Published: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 11:27 AM

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CHICAGO – State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago), a longtime advocate for clean energy and environmental equity, released the following statement upon hearing Gov. JB Pritzker’s eight principles to move Illinois toward green energy:

“This is a great step toward clean energy, but we still have a long way to go to address the existential threat climate change poses to environmental justice communities, from lakefront erosion to polluted air and lead in water across the state and throughout the world.”

Peters encourages organizations to apply for grants for food, housing, rent

Published: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:27 AM

peters 031020CHICAGO – As communities continue to recover from the ongoing novel coronavirus crisis, State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago) is encouraging organizations specializing in relief efforts like housing assistance and mental health support to apply for a grant from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.

“In many ways, COVID-19 has hit Black and Brown communities much harder than other communities,” Peters said. “The ICJIA grants will help organizations that are providing support in these communities and make it easier for them to do the job they’ve set out to do.”

The grants were allocated by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program and will be used to support communities that have been hit the hardest by COVID-19. The funds can be used for:

  • Housing assistance for those who have experienced violence or who are involved in the criminal justice system;
  • Support services for members of the community, including legal services and mental and emotional health support;
  • Rent, utilities and supplies for community-based organizations;
  • Food distribution; and
  • Any other pandemic related need as determined by the community.

“We’re in the fight together, and any organization that feels like they could use some help should apply for a grant,” Peters said.

Additional information and a link to the application can be found here. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on July 24.

Sen. Robert Peters

Sen. Robert Peters

13th District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Criminal Law; Financial Institutions; Human Services; Telecommunications & InfoTechnology; Veterans Affairs.

Associated Representatives:
Kambium Buckner
Curtis J. Tarver II