silverstein townhall flier 2015State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago-8th District) will host four town hall meetings over the next two weeks. The meetings give residents the chance to ask Silverstein questions and discuss issues important to the state.


Two meetings will take place in Chicago, and two others in Morton Grove and Skokie.


All events are open to the public and the press.


Wednesday, July 8         

7:00 – 9:00 pm          

North Park Village Apartments                                     

5801-H North Pulaski Rd, Chicago

Monday, July 13

7:00 – 9:00 pm          

Skokie Park District

Oakton Center, 4701 Oakton St, Skokie

Wednesday, July 15      

7:00 – 9:00 pm          

Devon Bank Center   

6445 N Western Ave, Chicago

Tuesday, July 21            

7:00 – 9:00 pm          

Prairie View Community Center

6834 W Dempster, Morton Grove


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oharepresser060815 300SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago) joined other state and federal lawmakers and local officials at a press conference today about concerns with rising noise levels from O’Hare International Airport.


The FAiR Coalition is a group of local organizations pursuing solutions to a mounting number of complaints from residents unhappy with a major increase in airport-related noise. They attended the press conference with officials today to call for action on these complaints, numbering 350,000 in March 2015 alone. House Joint Resolution 83, passed by both chambers of the General Assembly this spring, urges the City of Chicago to meet with the FAiR Coalition, federal officials and citizens to discuss solutions.

“It is past time to bring officials with the city, the airport and the FAA together to reduce the burden on O’Hare’s neighbors,” Sen. Silverstein said. “I co-sponsored this resolution to find an open, transparent means to compromise for neighboring communities and reasonable airport capacity.”

The resolution calls for timely and open communication about hearings in areas surrounding the airport and a halt to runway expansion until public input is complete.

“O’Hare is a critical transportation and economic hub to our region and our nation, but it can’t continue to be an unbearable burden on surrounding neighborhoods,” Silverstein said.

The noise issues stem from a dramatic shift in air traffic capacity from diagonal runways to east-west runways.

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silverstein palc passes SenateSPRINGFIELD–The Illinois Senate passed a measure today sponsored by State Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago) to ban powdered alcohol in Illinois. Senate Bill 67 also sets penalties for its sale.

Alaska, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Vermont have already banned “Palcohol” or are considering legislation to ban it. Powdered alcohol is a product not yet for sale but expected to be dangerous, particularly for minors.

“Powdered alcohol has the potential for abuse and alcohol poisoning, especially by young people,” Silverstein said. “The ease of concealing a lightweight, 1-ounce packet for minors to carry in situations where binge drinking is predictable or liquid alcohol is prohibited is an avoidable risk.”

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silverstein-alcpowder-passesSPRINGFIELD–The Senate Public Health committee approved a proposal today to ban powdered alcohol in Illinois and to set penalties for its sale. Powdered alcohol is a relatively new product already proving to be dangerous, particularly for minors.

State Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago) is the sponsor of the proposed ban, Senate Bill 67.

“Alcohol powder has the potential to cause a surge in the number of cases of alcohol poisoning,” Silverstein said. “Access to powdered alcohol by minors susceptible to binge drinking and people inclined to attempt date rape creates new risks to the public.”

Any crystal substance of powder containing alcohol is considered “powdered alcohol.” The powder may be dissolved in liquid such as soda or juice or sprinkled on food. It can be eaten or snorted without mixing.

A violation of this law would be a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense and a Class 4 felony for a second or subsequent offense.

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