Chicago organizer picked to finish Raoul’s state Senate term

January 7, 2019

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago political and community organizer has been appointed to the Illinois Senate to finish the term of Attorney General-elect Kwame Raoul (KWAH’-may rah-OOL’).

Democrats appointed Robert Peters on Sunday to finish Raoul’s term through 2020. Peters is an organizer and political director of Reclaim Chicago, which endorsed Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign.

A statement from the group says Peters plans to seek re-election. He says he’ll work with others “to be the strongest voice possible for people of color and all poor, working and middle-class people” of the 13th District.

Peters says he was born deaf with a speech impediment to a mother who was addicted to drugs and alcohol. His adopted father was a civil rights and criminal defense attorney, and his adopted mother was a social worker.

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