Legislation

Alderman Debra Silverstein has worked hard as your representative in the City Council. She has spearheaded vital legislation that has improved safety and quality of life in the City of Chicago. She strictly opposes any property tax hikes, and has a budget voting record to prove it.

Recently, Alderman Silverstein sponsored several important pieces of legislation that have improved the life of our city’s hard working residents. One success–the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance–grants employees up to five paid sick days per year which they earn as they work. Debra also co-sponsored legislation increasing the minimum wage in Chicago from $8.25 an hour to $13 by 2019. In 2018, Debra’s vote helped create the Office of Labor Standards, which will help ensure our city’s workers have someone to defend their rights and make sure they always receive fair pay for an honest day’s work.

Also in 2018, Debra sponsored an important ordinance clarifying the Chicago gun control laws and explicitly banning bump stocks, the dangerous military accessories that have been used in mass shootings across the nation.

Alderman Debra Silverstein has pioneered several landmark pieces of legislation in the City Council. In 2012, she passed legislation protecting children from the dangers of indoor tanning. The ordinance she introduced has since inspired a statewide ban on indoor tanning for minors. Debra received an award from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) for spearheading this initiative.

At the request of the Chicago Fire Department, Debra also championed a proposal to require the placement of placards on dangerous and vacant buildings. These markers warn firefighters of hazardous conditions inside the building. She also passed a second ordinance requiring dispatchers to inform firefighters of buildings with dangerous truss construction prior to their arrival on the scene. Debra received an award from the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 for her work on behalf of our city’s first responders.

Another important piece of legislation Debra passed was the Bed Bug Ordinance. This vital new law declares bed bugs to be a public nuisance. The ordinance requires landlords to provide extermination services by a qualified exterminator. It also requires tenants to notify their landlord of an infestation immediately and cooperate in the eradication process. Since this ordinance has taken effect, complaints about bed bug infestation and calls for service have already dropped.

In May of 2014, Debra co-sponsored the Chicago Sweat Free Procurement Ordinance. This ordinance had the support of the Asian Caucus, of which she is a member, and Chicago Fair Trade. In April of 2013, the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed and killed over 1,100 workers. The sub-standard and inhumane conditions in the factory were horrifying. Under the new ordinance, all contracted garment vendors and sub-contractors with the City of Chicago must sign affidavits stating there are no sweatshops within their supply chain. If the contractor fails to disclose this information with the city, the chief procurement officer will determine the contract is in default.

Debra’s main job is to represent you in the City Council. She believes strongly that the function of a government is to most effectively reflect the voice of the people – so she needs to hear from you. She is always seeking the opinions of her constituents about new and existing Chicago ordinances and laws.