MuseumofScience andIndustryCHICAGO — In response to the recent announcement that Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry will be renamed after Kenneth C. Griffin following his multimillion dollar donation, State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago) issued the below statement:

“While the decision to rename the museum is intended to acknowledge Griffin's donation, it's demeaning to the core identity of MSI and is viewed by many as a departure from the core essence of the museum.

“To Chicagoans, MSI remains unchanged, and it will always be MSI ­– a cherished landmark in our city’s cultural landscape, and a symbol of discovery and learning that has stood for nearly a century.

“Regardless of its name, the museum holds a special place in the hearts of both locals and visitors. While we acknowledge Griffin's donation, know that the legacy of MSI is lasting and its identity extends far beyond monetary donations and name changes. Its mission must remain rooted in the diversity and richness of our city's culture, and it is our responsibility to safeguard its authenticity to ensure it continues to enrich our community.”