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Silverstein supports comptroller special election

silverstein-biopic-14The Illinois Senate approved a plan Thursday creating a special election that would let voters select a comptroller to finish the term Judy Baar Topinka would have held until 2019.

State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) voted for the special election.

“Voters deserve to have a say in long-term vacancies. This is the most reasonable and democratic way to fill a 4 year term,” Silverstein said.

After Topinka’s death, Governor Pat Quinn appointed Jerry Stermer to fill the vacancy until Topinka’s current term expires Jan. 12. Earlier this week, Governor-elect Bruce Rauner announced he will appoint former Unilever executive Leslie Munger once Rauner takes office.

Under the legislation, if the position of comptroller, attorney general, secretary of state or treasurer becomes vacant with more than 28 months remaining in the term, the governor can appoint a successor to serve through the first half of the four-year term.

The special election would coincide with the next regularly scheduled general election, in this case Nov. 8, 2016. During that election, voters can choose who will serve the remaining two years of the term.

This process is similar to the way Senate vacancies are filled.

The legislation, HB 4576, was approved by a 37-15 vote; it now goes to the House for approval.

Silverstein's cyberbullying prevention becomes law

laptop-keyboardCHICAGO – Schools officials will soon gain the ability to discipline students who use non-school computers to bully their classmates under a newly signed law that was sponsored by State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago).

“A safe, supportive environment is vital for students’ learning and growth. This law gives educators more tools to discipline and prevent out-of-school cyberbullying when it hurts others’ ability to learn at school,” Silverstein said.

Silverstein’s proposal, House Bill 4207, prohibits out-of-school cyberbullying or bullying using a non school-owned electronic device. Schools would be able to discipline the bullies if the bullying causes a substantial disruption to the educational process or orderly operation of a school.

School districts are required to have a process to determine if the bullying is within their jurisdiction and inform bullied students about anti-bullying services.

The new law, signed Friday by the governor, takes effect Jan. 1.

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

Senator Ira I. Silverstein

Majority Caucus Chair Ira I. Silverstein

8th District

Years served:
1999 - Present

Committee assignments: Executive (Vice Chairperson); Executive Appointments; Financial Institutions; Gaming; Judiciary; Revenue.

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.