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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Robert Peters is optimistic about proposals promoting public safety and equitable housing that were included in the governor’s budget address. 

“We have made great strides in recent years to make our state more equitable – from our schools to our communities,” said Peters (D-Chicago). “But our work is not done until all people – regardless of ZIP code or the color of their skin – have the same opportunities to succeed. I am optimistic about the proposals outlined by the governor, and look forward to ongoing negotiations to show the people of this great state that we are building a future for the many and not the few.”

Peters was pleased the governor included investments to prioritize communities through the reimagine public safety grant program, uplift small business owners, and make housing more affordable and accessible.

“The governor’s proposed budget showcases a continual dedication to fund programs that promote public safety and equity for all Illinois residents,” said Peters. “A budget proposal that contains investments in schools, small businesses, and working families reframes key investments that have traditionally left out Black and Brown communities and is a step toward progress.”

The proposed budget also includes a $350 million total investment toward homelessness, crisis response, and expanding housing resources.

“Services such as rental assistance and supportive housing are positive ways to support our homeless neighbors and put them back on the path of rental stability,” said Peters. “Addressing the problem at the root with employment opportunities, outreach services and supportive housing are great steps to empower our homeless neighbors.”

Peters will work alongside his Senate colleagues over the months to come to bring forth a smart, equitable spending plan.

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010523CM0056CHICAGO – State Senator Robert Peters celebrated the signing of House Bill 5107 Friday, granting Chicago principals and administrators the ability to collectively bargain.

“Principals and assistant principals play a key role in the ecosystem of schools,” said Peters (D-Chicago). “This measure is long overdue as the leadership of principals sets the atmosphere for the success of teachers, staff and students.”

House Bill 5107 clarifies the language of “managerial employees” pertaining to educators, enshrining principals and assistant principals in Chicago the right to unionize.

The law additionally allows principals and assistant principals to negotiate a work contract to focus time on developing teachers and school culture instead of dealing with problems that fall under the district’s responsibility.

“Principals are now empowered to use their voice to help craft appropriate guidance for the prosperity of the school they look after,” Peters said.

House bill 5107 was signed into law Friday. It takes immediate effect.


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011023CM0669CHICAGO – With the intention of increasing diversity in and access to apprenticeship programs, State Senator Robert Peters safeguarded a more than $1 million investment for Chicago construction and building apprenticeship programs.

“Trade careers are a great option for those seeking long-term employment with dignified conditions and a living wage,” said Peters (D- Chicago). “Investments in construction and building trade apprenticeships will ensure that disinvested communities have access to jobs and the opportunities that come with them.”

The Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship was created to promote diversity, inclusion and use of apprenticeships in state-funded capital projects. Comprehensive pre-apprenticeship programs help participants gain admission to apprenticeship programs, which provide a greater opportunity to obtain long-term employment in the construction trades.

A total of $13 million for the program’s second year will expand access to the program across the state and will serve up to 1,400 pre-apprentices – a 40% increase from the program’s inaugural year. With the support of Peters, a total of over $1 million will be coming to Children First Fund, Hire360 and Tools Up Foundation, Inc.

“Black and Brown communities have historically been denied these opportunities,” Peters said. “Increasing access to apprenticeship programs with barrier reduction services such as tuition waivers and stipends helps to ensure long-term personal and workforce success.”

Participants of the program attend tuition-free and receive a stipend and other supportive services to help enter the construction industry. Upon completion of the program, pre-apprentices receive industry-aligned certifications to prepare and qualify them to continue to a registered apprenticeship program in one of the trades.

Information on the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program can be found here.


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011023CM0665CHICAGO – State Senator Robert Peters is encouraging current and former youth under the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to apply for the 2023 DCFS Scholarship Program.

“Furthering education is often a pathway of employment stability,” said Peters (D-Chicago). “This scholarship opportunity can reinforce gaps in financial and social equity that young adults who have experienced the DCFS system have potentially missed out on.”

The DCFS Scholarship Program is open to youth who have an open DCFS case, whose cases were closed through adoption or guardianship, or who aged out of care at 18 or older. Youth who are at least 16 years old and not yet 21 on March 31 may apply. The program will award 53 academic scholarships in total.

Scholarship recipients are selected based on their scholastic record, community and extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, and a written personal statement. Recipients will receive up to five consecutive years of tuition and academic fee waivers to be used at participating Illinois state community colleges and universities, a monthly grant of $1,506 to offset other expenses and a medical card.

“The DCFS Scholarship Program is an important tool to help alleviate the numerous expenses and stressors that accumulate while transitioning from high-school to college,” Peters said.

Applications are due by March 31. More information and the application are available at any DCFS regional office or online at under “DCFS Features” on the homepage.

Students or caregivers may also call the DCFS Office of Education and Transition Services at 217-557-2689 with questions about the application process or for more information.

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