Ira Silverstein

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Ira Silverstein
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 8th district
Assumed office
January 13, 1999
Preceded by Howard Carroll
Personal details
Born (1960-10-10) October 10, 1960 (age 54)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Debra Silverstein
Profession attorney

Ira I. Silverstein is a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 8th district since 1999.

Early life[edit]

Silverstein’s father was a public school teacher. Silverstein attended Boone Elementary School and Mather High School and then earned his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago. He later received his law degree from the John Marshall Law School.[citation needed]

Senate career[edit]

Silverstein was elected to his position in 1999. His election was an upset, as he was the first non-party endorsed Democrat to be nominated for a northside senate seat since Dawn Clark Netsch in 1972.[citation needed]

Silverstein has worked for increased funding for schools. Early in his career as a senator, Silverstein earmarked the largest share of his legislative grants to public schools in his district. Silverstein supported a bill for tax credits for private school tuition, which was signed into law in 1999.[citation needed]

In March 2006, Silverstein sponsored a bill to provide additional benefits to those who are diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorders, the most commonly known is autism. This bill allowed more doctor’s visits and increased coverage for speech therapy.[citation needed]

Recently, Silverstein has worked to change the laws regarding identity theft to make it harder for personal information to be shared. Prior to this bill, names and passwords on the computer; cell phone records; e-mails; instant messages; and records of websites visited by an individual were not considered “personal identifying information.” This bill would include that information as private and would prohibit such personal information by brokers.[citation needed]

Silverstein is the Chairman of the Senate Executive Committee, and he serves on the Senate Judiciary and Licensed Activities committees, and the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). JCAR reviews regulations imposed by state departments on business and citizens to ensure they are in accordance with the department’s legal authority.

In 2013, Silverstein introduced the "Internet Posting Removal Act" which sought to require web site admins to "upon request, remove any posted comments posted by an anonymous poster unless the anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate.[1] The bill was the subject of much derision,[2][3] and was later withdrawn.[4]

He has also introduced a modification to the Illinois Vehicle Code to make operating a motor vehicle with a wearable computing headset illegal.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Silverstein is a practicing attorney. He maintains offices in downtown Chicago and a neighborhood office on Devon Avenue, serving small business owners and residents in matters such as elder law, estate planning and business issues.

Senator Silverstein is married to Chicago Alderman Debra Silverstein, and they have four children.


  1. ^ Ira I. Silverstein (2013-02-13). "Internet Posting Removal Act". State of Illinois. 
  2. ^ Andrew Sellars, Illinois Clumsily Enters the Nymwars, Citizen Media Law Project, Feb. 19, 2013
  3. ^ Mike Masnick, Illinois Politician Seeks To Outlaw Anonymous Comments (But Allow Anonymous Gun Ownership), Techdirt, Feb. 19, 2013
  4. ^ Jaikumar Vijayan, Illinois lawmaker hastily pulls bill that would have stripped online anonymity, Computerworld (Feb. 22, 2013).
  5. ^ "Illinois Senate Bill 2632". , LegiScan, (Dec. 03, 2013).

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