SPRINGFIELD – On Jan. 1, Illinois will join two dozen other states that have banned dangerous powdered alcohol and set fines for its sale and purchase. Legislation to ban it is under consideration in another 10-15 states.
State Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago) sponsored the ban in Illinois, Senate Bill 67 (now Public Act 99-0051), which was signed into law by the governor in July.
Powdered alcohol is a relatively new product already proving to be dangerous. Any crystal substance of powder containing alcohol is considered “powdered alcohol.” The powder may be dissolved in liquid such as mixers or juice or it could be sprinkled on food. It can be eaten or snorted without mixing and could be sold in small packets or capsules.
A violation of this law would be a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense in Illinois and a Class 4 felony for a second or subsequent offense.
“Powdered alcohol is not yet for sale in the U.S. and given its potential dangers, I believe it should never enter the market,” Silverstein said. “Knowing how accessible traditional alcohol already is to those susceptible to abuse – including minors – the risk of alcohol poisoning and its easily concealable form are just two reasons sales of this type of alcohol must be prevented.”
The National Alcohol Beverage Control Association provides research, analytics and alcohol regulatory information regarding policy. NABCA published a paper in November on powdered alcohol’s history, risks and legal status in the states addressing the product.
CHICAGO – State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) introduced a resolution in the Senate this week to oppose the White House’s agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program.
“While I acknowledge the complicated workings to negotiate a deal between the U.S. and Iran, I have grave concerns that this does not even approach strict enough oversight of Iran’s state-sponsored terrorism and their long-standing efforts to gain and build nuclear weapons.”
Silverstein echoes concerns of some in Congress who believe the deal’s inspection timelines, retention of much of Iran’s existing nuclear infrastructure and unclear sanctions to be imposed if Iran does not comply indicate the world will be no better off in 10 years with the deal.
“This resolution encourages the Illinois General Assembly to call on U.S. Senators and Representatives to oppose this inadequate deal and work for a new deal to prevent all routes to a nuclear bomb for Iran,” Silverstein said. “This is an urgent but very serious arrangement that needs to be stronger for the security of all nations.”
Senate Joint Resolution 31 has been filed; its first action will be taken in the Senate Assignments Committee.
"We are happy with the great turnout at our first-ever hiring fair in the 8th District," said Senator Ira I. Silverstein (D-Chicago), after 150 job seekers connected with roughly 40 employers on Thursday.
The event at West Ridge Elementary School featured a variety of positions available with several different types of employers. Held in partnership with Alderman Debra Silverstein (Chicago-50th Ward) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the hiring fair drew small businesses, large corporations and municipal organizations.
"Our expectations for helping Chicagoans find opportunities for employment were exceeded today," Silverstein said. "We will be assessing our results and how we can improve as we look into future events like this."
SPRINGFIELD–A measure sponsored by State Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago) to amend the Grade A Pasteurized Milk and Milk Products Act to match rules adopted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and define labeling to address Jewish dietary issues was signed by Governor Rauner today.
Senate Bill 1228 amends the Grade A Pasteurized Milk and Products Act to clarify the definition of pasteurized and unpasteurized according to the latest FDA definition. The Grade A Pasteurized Milk and Milk Products Act is enforced by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
“The Chicago Rabbinical Council provides kosher certification services for hundreds of food producers and brought this issue to my attention,” Silverstein said. “Milk products other than those from cows and goats as the FDA expansion permits are not necessarily kosher, so labeling is necessary.”
PHOTO: Rabbi Levi Mostofsky and Rabbi Dr. Jerold Isenberg of the Chicago Rabbinical Council and Senator Silverstein joined Governor Rauner as he signed Senate Bill 1228 today.
Senator Ira I. Silverstein
Majority Caucus Chair
Years served: 1999 - Present
Committee assignments: Executive (Vice-Chairperson); Financial Institutions; Executive Appointments; Insurance; Judiciary; Committee of the Whole.
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.