Silverstein-052313br0137State Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago) introduced a plan this week requiring firearm owners to have at least $100,000 of insurance coverage for firearm related accidents.

“Illinois already requires liability insurance for a potentially life-threatening automobile accidents and an accidental discharge of a firearm can cause just as much—if not more—harm,” Silverstein said.

Any insurance policy would specifically protect a firearm owner from the cost of damages that are the result of negligence or willful acts. The policy would extend to a firearm carried by an individual or any gun owned by that person.

The proposal, Senate Bill 2646, would give Illinois State Police the authority to revoke a person’s Firearm Owner’s Identification card if he or she does not have the appropriate insurance. The State Police would also be able to deny a FOID card application if the person does not have coverage.

“This is about protecting the public and extending legal protection to individual firearm owners,” Silverstein said.

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HomelessnessSPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois’ homeless will be given equal rights to access public buildings, voting and other basic rights now that a measure sponsored by State Senator Ira I. Silverstein (D–Chicago) was signed into law today.

“The homeless deserve to be afforded the same basic rights as any other citizen in our state,” Silverstein said, “This law will allow homeless people to get back on their feet, find work and improve their situation.”

Homeless individuals face discrimination in situations for merely lacking a mailing or home address, especially when filling out job applications or showing proof of residency when attempting to vote.

“Many of us who enjoy these rights take them for granted and do not realize that something as simple as not having a physical address would keep us from utilizing these rights,” Silverstein continued.

The measure lists seven rights that will be extended to the homeless:

  1. Move freely through public buildings, parks, sidewalks and transit systems;
  2. Equal treatment from all state and municipal agencies;
  3. Freedom from employment discrimination based on a lack of a mailing address;
  4. Emergency medical care;
  5. Register to vote and vote;
  6. Confidentiality of private records and other personal information;
  7. A reasonable expectation of privacy with regard to personal property.
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SilversteinSenator Ira Silverstein welcomed Jim Bottorff of the Skokie Park District to Springfield today. Bottorff and representatives of more than 50 other park districts were at the Capitol for their annual Parks Day to advocate for legislation favorable to maintaining and growing public parks, forest preserves, nature areas and other recreational facilities.

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silverstein-042313br0253Illinois’ homeless will be given equal rights to access to public buildings, voting and other basic rights under a measure State Senator Ira I. Silverstein (D–Chicago) passed through the Senate today.

“The homeless most times are in this situation due to a hardship in their life,” Silverstein said. “So, we should embrace our homeless neighbors and give them the basic rights that many take advantage of every day.”

Homeless individuals face discrimination in situations for merely lacking a mailing or home address, especially when filling out job applications or showing proof of residency when attempting to vote.

“I hope the Homeless Bill of Rights is only the first step our state takes in ending discrimination against the homeless in Illinois and extending opportunities to allow these individuals to improve their situation,” Silverstein continued.

The measure lists seven rights that will be extended to the homeless:

  1. Move freely through public buildings, parks, sidewalks and transit systems;
  2. Equal treatment from all State & municipal agencies;
  3. Freedom from employment discrimination based on a lack of a mailing address;
  4. Emergency medical care;
  5. Register to vote and vote;
  6. Confidentiality of private records and other personal information;
  7. A reasonable expectation of privacy with regard to personal property.

The measure, Senate Bill 1210, received a vote of 41-11 and now moves to the House for further consideration.

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