Senator Robert Peters

Senator Robert Peters was born in 1985 deaf and with a massive speech impediment. His biological mother was addicted to drugs and alcohol, and his adopted mother and father were a social worker and a civil rights lawyer. He saw first hand the impact and devastation of the racist war on drugs. 

As he grew up, he admired the work his father did as a civil rights and criminal defense attorney and challenging wrongdoing by the police. This combined with the effect of the criminalization of addiction, inspired his work on criminal justice reform rooted in the safety, freedom, and wellness of all people. 

A defining moment for Peters was the Great Recession, as he struggled to find work and lost his parents within a year and a half of each other. He found his power through political organizing in solidarity with a variety of organizations in Chicago fighting for justice. 

"The 13th District is my home. It’s baked into my DNA. I am a proud product of Ray Elementary and Mount Carmel High School. It’s where I organized to raise the minimum wage and reform our broken bail system."

As a state senator, Peters has championed the end of cash bail in Illinois after years of organizing around it before becoming a Senator. This legislative session alone, Peters has passed six bills out of the Senate, as he continues to push Illinois forward as a leader in criminal justice reform and true public safety for all. He chairs the Public Safety Committee in the Senate and is Chair of the Senate Black Caucus. He is focused on environmental justice, racial justice, economic freedom, and public safety for all.



I was the chief co-sponsor of 13 bills, which means I led the process of drafting bill language, collaborating with community organizations, and recruiting my Senate colleagues to vote yes. All 13 bills passed in both chambers and were signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker.

Here is a quick breakdown of what each bill will do now that they have been signed into law. If you want more details, simply click on the bill number and you can see the legislation yourself!



I was proud to support key legislation that will support families across the 13th District and Illinois.

I voted YES on the Reproductive Health Act

Which protects the right to an abortion and makes Illinois a leader in protecting reproductive health in the Midwest.

I supported the capital bill

Which will invest billions of dollars in our roads, parks, schools, and more (all while supporting good-paying jobs for years to come). 

I helped STOP the dangerous “pipeline protest” bill

which will invest billions of dollars in our roads, parks, schools, and more (all while supporting good-paying jobs for years to come).