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|Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 8th district
January 13, 1999
|Preceded by||Howard Carroll|
October 10, 1960 |
Early life 
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.
Senate career 
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. The bill was the subject of much derision, and was later withdrawn.
Personal life 
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 together.
- Ira I. Silverstein (2/13/2013). "Internet Posting Removal Act". State of Illinois.
- Andrew Sellars, Illinois Clumsily Enters the Nymwars, Citizen Media Law Project, Feb. 19, 2013
- Mike Masnick, Illinois Politician Seeks To Outlaw Anonymous Comments (But Allow Anonymous Gun Ownership), Techdirt, Feb. 19, 2013
- Jaikumar Vijayan, Illinois lawmaker hastily pulls bill that would have stripped online anonymity, Computerworld (Feb. 22, 2013).
- Illinois General Assembly - Senator Ira I. Silverstein (D) 8th District official IL Senate website
- Project Vote Smart - Senator Ira I. Silverstein (IL) profile
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- Illinois State Senate Democrats - Senator Ira I. Silverstein profile