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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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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