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Senator Ira I. Silverstein News

Senator and Alderman Silverstein respond to death of Israeli teens

silverstein-042313br0253CHICAGO – State Senator Ira I. Silverstein (D-Chicago) and Alderman Debra Silverstein (D-50th Ward) express their deep sympathy to the families of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Sharr and Eyal Yifrach over their tragic loss.

“This horrific act was not only a crime against Israel and the Jewish people but against humanity. We should be nurturing our children not making them targets. We should all work to eliminate such hatred from this world, especially the Middle East. Our hearts and prayers are with the families. They should know no more sorrow.”

On Monday, the Israeli Defense Force reported finding the bodies of the three Israeli teens who disappeared June 12.

 

Silverstein sponsors Google Glass driving ban

google-glass-demoState Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) is sponsoring legislation that would ban the use of Google Glass and similar devices while driving. The proposal, Senate Bill 2632, creates similar rules to behind-the-wheel cell phone use aimed at curbing distracted driving.

Media Coverage:

Washington Post: Illinois lawmakers look to ban Google Glass on the road

Chicago Tribune: Illinois lawmaker wants to outlaw wearing Google Glass while driving

   

Google Glass demonstration at the Capitol

google-glass-demoSPRINGFIELD – Representatives from Google will be at the Illinois Capitol on Tuesday, May 20 demonstrating Google Glass. Google will show members of the Illinois Senate Transportation Committee features of its mobile computing headset from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in Senate Conference Room 116.

State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) is sponsoring legislation that would ban the use of Google Glass and similar devices while driving. The proposal, Senate Bill 2632, creates similar rules to behind-the-wheel cell phone use aimed at curbing distracted driving.

WHAT:                 Google Glass demonstration

WHEN:                 Tuesday, May 20

     4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:               Senate Conference Room 116

Members of the press are welcome.

   

Silverstein's smoking in cars with kids ban passes committee

smoke-car-childSPRINGFIELD – An Illinois State Senate committee approved a proposal to ban smoking in cars with children present Tuesday.

Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago), the plan’s sponsor, testified at the Senate Public Health Committee before the bill was approved by a 5-2 vote.

“There are very serious health effects associated with exposure to second-hand smoke, especially for minors. This plan is aimed at reducing that exposure,” Silverstein said.

The plan, Senate Bill 2659, creates an up-to $100 fine for any motorist who smokes tobacco, marijuana or any other combustible substance in a car with a person under the age of 18.

Police will not be able to pull over drivers simply because of this offense. Motorcycles and convertibles with their tops down are exempt from the restriction.

Senate Bill 2659 now moves to the entire Senate for a vote.

   

Silverstein: State universities that boycott nations could lose state aid

Silverstein-021914 CM 0399csState Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago) is introducing a plan restricting public universities from using state funds to promote political boycotts of Israel and other foreign nations.

“Boycotts of foreign nations limit students’ access to diverse, meaningful study abroad opportunities. We live in a complex, connected world—universities stand for inclusion, not narrow-mindedness,” Silverstein said.

Silverstein’s proposal removes state aid from any public university that supports boycotts of nations in the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development. The OECD is a 34-country partnership that promotes intergovernmental-relations—of which the United States and Israel are members.

Universities would be restricted from funding, joining or sending staff to any organization that is officially boycotting an OECD country.

Last December, the American Studies Association, an academic organization made up of individuals and educational institutions, adopted a resolution boycotting Israeli academic institutions.

Public universities would be allowed to boycott a foreign power if it is a state sponsor of terrorism, if the boycott is labor-related or if the boycott is protesting discriminatory practices under Illinois law.

The proposal will be added to an existing piece of legislation, Senate Bill 3017.

   

Silverstein proposes 3-D printed gun regulations

3DgunIf a 3-D printer is used to build a firearm, the owner will need a firearm manufacturing license under a new proposal introduced Friday.

State Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago) is sponsoring legislation to bring guns built on 3-D printers under the same laws covering traditionally manufactured firearms. The plan requires a person who prints firearms or firearm components to have a federal manufacturing license.

“A gun is a gun; it doesn’t matter if it’s built on an assembly line or in a 3-D printer. New technology has created a loophole and this plan closes it,” Silverstein said.

Steadily improving 3-D printer technology has the ability to create increasingly more complex designs out of plastic, metal and other materials. Last November, a Texas company unveiled a functional semi-automatic, metal pistol created on a 3-D printer.

The plan, Senate Bill 3018, creates a class-A misdemeanor punishable by no more than one year in prison.

   

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Majority Caucus Chair Ira I. Silverstein


8th District
Majority Caucus Chair

Years served:
1999 - Present

Committee assignments: Committee of the Whole; Financial Institutions; Gaming (Vice-Chairperson); Insurance; Judiciary; Executive (Chairperson); Subcommittee on Ethics (Sub-Chairperson); Subcommittee on State & Local Govt.; Subcommittee on State Regulation.

Biography: Attorney; Degrees from Loyola University in 1982 and John Marshall Law School in 1985; past President of the Northtown Community Council; board member of the Korean Senior Center; member of the Greek Pan-Hellenic Laconian organization; Director of the Bernard Horwich JCC; married (wife, Debra), has four children.