Added Dec 05 2017
It's embarrassing for those of us in the 9th Senatorial District that State Sen. Ira Silverstein has decided to run for re-election in the Democrat primary in March.
If he wins that primary, he'll glide into the November election, and he'll return to the General Assembly where he'll be called before an ethics committee to answer questions about his unsavory relationship with a female lobbyist.
Now this from a another Silverstein constituent who writes the 50th Ward Follies:
A friend just sent me a WBEZ report that Ira Silverstein served as lawyer for the father of Denise Rotheimer, his accuser in the sexual harassment scandal that cost him his leadership role in Springfield, during the tine she alleges the harassment occurred.
Worse, WBEZ’s Dave McKinney adds that Ira used his office on Devon–the one leased by the 50th Ward Democratic Organization–rather than his private law office to meet with the father, Philip Rotheimer, about a legal dispute over Rotheimer’s father’s estate. McKinney writes that an unnamed “…government watchdog group said hosting personal business on state property could pose a breach of ethics and a conflict of interest if a lawmaker also is doing legislative work on behalf of a client or client family member.”
Read the story. Then ask yourself: What was Ira thinking?