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Ira Silverstein
Ira Silverstein.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 8
In office
1999 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 16
Majority Caucus Chair
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLoyola University (1982)
J.D.John Marshall Law School (1985)
Date of birthOctober 10, 1960
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
Office website
Ira Silverstein is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 8 and serving as Majority Whip. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998.

Silverstein earned his Bachelor's in 1982 from Loyola-Chicago and his J.D. from John Marshall-Chicago in 1985. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Silverstein served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Committee of the Whole
Executive, Vice-Chairperson
Executive Appointments
Financial Institutions


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Silverstein served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Silverstein served on these committees:[1]



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Silverstein won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 8. He was unopposed in the Democratic Primary on March 20[2][3] and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Illinois State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngIra Silverstein Incumbent 100% 54,399
Total Votes 54,399


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Ira Silverstein won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 8. He ran unopposed receiving 55,691 votes. [5]

Illinois State Senate, District 8 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ira Silverstein (D) 55,691

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008, Silverstein collected $273,398 in donations.[6]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Illinois Helath Care Association $39,000
613 Pac $17,000
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois $12,000
Jakob Bakst $10,000
Barry M. Ray $6,000
Chicago Automobile Trade Association $6,000
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association $5,000
Illinois State Medical Society $5,000
Illinois Realtors Association $4,500
Charles P. Sheets $3,540
SW Management $3,000
George Hanus $2,750
Kraft Foods $2,700
Altria $2,500
Chicago Teachers Union $2,500
Platinum Health Care $2,000
Illinois Chiropractic Society $2,000
Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association $2,000
Inland Real Estate $2,000
Keith A. & Jodi B. Hebeisen $2,000


Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[7][8]


Silverstein received a score of 37.50 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale. Her score was tied for the 37th highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[8]


Ira and his wife, Debra, have four children.

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