What a brutal campaign! I wanted to clear the air and directly address the misleading statements and just plain lies told by my opponent.
I do not support higher taxes. I have proposed a property tax freeze and changing our State Income Tax System to a graduated one. I believe that Illinois, and its reliance on a flat tax, property and sales taxes, has one of the most regressive tax structures in the United States. The wealthy do not pay their fair share.
I have worked to get guns off our streets. I have proposed and passed legislation to require additional licensing on gun sellers, holding sellers civilly liable, expanding background checks and now banning assault type weapons. Not only have I worked hard on the gun issue, I have modified the criminal code to give Law Enforcement the tools they need to protect our families. That is why all major Law Enforcement Groups have endorsed me.
I never took $2 million from special interests. In fact, in over 19 years, I have not even raised anywhere near that amount with most donations coming from voters such as you.
Many of you know me personally and know how much I value representing you. Please do not believe the misstatements of my opponent. If you have any questions, you can contact me directly at 773-761-0050.
Senator Ira I. Silverstein
Illinois State Senate, District 8