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Debra Silverstein

Ward 50


Campaign donations since 2015, mapped.

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A newly-minted machine politician

Debra Silverstein beat out long time incumbent Bernie Stone in 2011. She’s been a strong supporter of Rahm Emanuel. Much of her money comes from PACs supported by Rahm.[1]

She also has significant donations from a few unions. Her husband Ira Silverstein was an Illinois State Senator (D 8th District) until his defeat in the 2018 primary.[2]

Silverstein is a major part of Rahm Emanuel’s political machine--her five largest donors are Emanuel’s campaign and Emanuel-supporting PACs. She votes with Rahm Emanuel 98% of the time.[3] She has also received more than $10,000 from her husband’s failed state senate campaign.[4]