Independent Democratic Candidate
for Illinois State Senate District 26

Working hard to
represent You!

As your State Senator, I pledge to be part of the solution, and not beholden to party line positioning. I want to be YOUR advocate. I want to hear YOUR stories, share them in the State Senate, and create legislation that benefits YOU, the constituents of the 26th Senate district.


Maria Peterson

Maria Peterson is a lifelong believer in Service before Politics, and she is running so that she can be the voice for all the constituents of the 26th District. Maria grew up in the Western Suburbs of Chicago in a hard-working, middle-class family.

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The Environment

As a strong voice representing our district, I will bring home infrastructure funds to improve the availability of electric charging stations, bike lanes and electric public transportation – all in the effort to cut greenhouse pollution and create healthier lives by working with local communities, businesses and community organizations.


As the mother of a deaf son, and now grandmother, I understand how important it is to receive quality and available educational services.


I am the daughter of a 90-year-old dad, and the mother of a son who suffers from PTSD.  Healthcare should include the WHOLE body. Mental health illness is treated separately and often with a stigma.  I believe mental health is brain health, and when the brain is healthy, the body is healthy and vice versa. 

Small Business

For 25 years I operated FitCore, Inc., a one-woman corrective exercise training facility.  Myself like many closed the doors to my business in 2021 because of the Pandemic.  While I was the only one “employed”, there are many businesses that closed or are just making ends meet. 

Fair Taxes & Affordable Living

Illinois families have been hit hard by the effects of the pandemic and the resulting economic downturn. They have had to tighten their belts and budget wisely… which is exactly what Springfield needs to continue doing — bringing stability to our state finances. Decades of government dysfunction, waste, corruption, and fiscal instability must give way to fairer taxing and smarter spending for the kind of life we deserve to live here.

Accessibility, Responsibility, Transparency, & Community

It is my responsibility to hear you and be your voice, your advocate in Springfield.


Gun Violence, Crime & Public Safety

People here are outraged by mass shootings like the nearby July 4th Highland Park tragedy, and by the easy access dangerous people have to dangerous weapons — battlefield weapons and untraceable guns that kill our cops and our kids. Loved ones grieve, while lawmakers cash checks from the NRA and block sensible gun safety laws, offering up phony talk about being tough on crime.

Women's Healthcare & Reproductive Rights

Illinois remains a pro-choice state, despite the assault on women’s rights and privacy by lifelong anti-abortion, forced-birth crusaders like my opponent. I will not stand by while they keep chipping away at every woman’s right to decide when or how many or even whether to have children… and who oppose abortions even in cases of rape, incest, or life-threatening pregnancy, setting their sights on a total abortion ban here.

the issues

As a strong voice representing our district, here are some of the issues that Maria Peterson is passionate about changing in her district.

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