silverstein 022817SPRINGFIELD –Today the Illinois Senate voted 42-13 to protect workers’ rights and override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1905, sponsored by Senator Ira I. Silverstein (D-Chicago). The Collective Bargaining Freedom Act blocks Gov. Rauner’s campaign to engage municipalities in creating right-to-work areas in support of moves to boost corporate profits at the expense of workers.

Sen. Silverstein released the following statement:

"Illinois’ future success depends on its support of the middle class. Workers and employers should not be restricted from bargaining collectively as they continue building our economy, and local governments have no place enforcing a rule that constrains this freedom.

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bts silverstein wOn Sunday, Alderman Debra Silverstein and I held our annual Back to School Fair.

We were very pleased to be able to distribute nearly 500 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to children from throughout the Ward. I would like to thank everyone who came to the Fair, as well as congratulate all of the raffle winners – especially the two children who received brand new Chromebook laptops.






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flags us chiI believe communities and their leaders must speak up to condemn white supremacists and their acts of hatred and violence in Charlottesville this past weekend.

I sponsored Senate Resolution 794 to condemn the actions of white nationalists and neo-Nazis on August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia. The resolution passed the Illinois State Senate on Sunday, August 13.

SR 794 calls on law enforcement agencies to protect the nation from hate-based groups in the United States as they would from other foreign or domestic terror organizations.

Neo-Nazis, the Klan and related groups like those responsible for violence last weekend in Virginia cannot perpetrate domestic terrorism in our country and not be pursued and punished for their actions. My colleagues - and my family - will not accept hate and terror in Illinois or our nation.

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Silverstein jud priv 081517SPRINGFIELD – In 2005, the murders of a U.S. District Court Judge and her husband and mother spurred the creation of the Judicial Privacy Act. On Friday, the governor signed legislation sponsored by Senator Ira I. Silverstein to expand the safety and security for judges to include former or deceased judicial officers.

“The legitimate fear of reprisal from people affected by decisions of judges should not influence their ability to administer justice fairly,” Silverstein said. “Keeping their personal information private, including phone numbers, addresses and family details, is a valid concern.”

The Judicial Privacy Act prohibits parties from posting the information publicly if the judicial officer has made a written request to block such action. The business, organization or individual has 72 hours to remove posted information about a judicial officer from the internet after receiving the written request.

Senate Bill 1647 expands coverage of these provisions from active judges only to former or deceased judicial officers.

“There is no reason to put the security of a judicial officer’s survivors at risk after they are gone,” Silverstein said.

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