051915CM0716SMSPRINGFIELD- State Senator Ira I. Silverstein shared the following reactions to today’s budget address from the governor:

“Working families pay the price again this year for the governor’s budget proposals. Families in my district are leaving Illinois because the resources they need to stay afloat like job training, higher education, after school programs, child care assistance, Pace and RTA access, and fighting addiction are cut or eliminated in the Rauner budget. His record still leans hardest on working families seeking to stay in their homes and help their families succeed. I fear that families who lose these vital programs that could help them thrive will instead spend their resources to move out of state.

“The governor’s budget does little to reduce the current bill backlog, which as of today totals $8.8 billion. This means suppliers, service providers and contractors will continue to go unpaid. That is unacceptable.

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silverstein proptax 021318SPRINGFIELD- To provide relief to working families in Illinois, Senator Ira I. Silverstein (D-Chicago) plans to reform property taxes in Cook County and the contiguous collar counties of Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage and Will.

Silverstein’s plan calls for a four-year freeze of property taxes. In addition to saving money for taxpayers, his goal is to provide the legislature the time and incentive to institute a graduated income tax system and bring the entire taxation system into greater balance. The Senator will submit legislation this week to launch the plan.

“We have a regressive tax system, and skyrocketing property tax rates are surely playing a role in some of the flight of working families from Illinois,” Silverstein said. “I believe this plan would pause the process long enough for lawmakers to analyze and make changes to our state income tax rate for a more fair overall tax picture.

“Balancing the system with income tax reform could eliminate the need for property tax increases going forward. Taxpayers need a break, and our state’s highly regressive system causes burdens, usually on middle class and lower income families.”

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Silverstein 021914 CM 0399csSPRINGFIELD—State Senator Ira I. Silverstein (D-8) had the following reactions to Gov. Rauner’s State of the State speech:

“Governor Rauner’s agenda the past three years sought to take us backward and it appears he wants to walk back progress we made in stability with last year’s budget, reducing our bill backlog and reforming our state’s antiquated education funding formula. After three years of inflexible opposition, it’s time for him to move forward with us to further our progress rather than double down on his already failed agenda.

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silverstein 030117SPRINGFIELD –Political ads on social media platforms would be regulated to disclose their sources and funders if a new measure sponsored by Senator Ira I. Silverstein (D-Chicago) becomes law.

Senate Bill 2251 was filed this week and would extend the same requirements for disclosure regarding print, TV and radio advertising to social media political ads.

“Social media is immediate and far-reaching,” Silverstein said. “Just because it is new media doesn’t mean it shouldn’t fall under the same requirements for existing media in terms of disclosing who funded, prepared and distributed the material. Voters deserve to know what organizations are behind all political ads.”

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