Alderman Debra Silverstein


Debra Silverstein has been Alderman of the 50th Ward since 2011. She lives in the north part of the neighborhood with her husband Ira, and together they have four children.

Since becoming Alderman, Debra has worked tirelessly on behalf of the residents of the 50th Ward. She is the Vice Chair of the Committee on License and Consumer Protection and has passed several important pieces of legislation through the Chicago City Council, including safety regulations on indoor tanning, increased protections for first responders, and an ordinance aimed at combating the spread of bed bugs.

Debra has also brought several groundbreaking projects to the 50th Ward that will improve the quality of life of the neighborhood’s residents. These include a multi-million dollar Streetscape of Devon Avenue that will revitalize the central business district, a brand-new park at Devon and McCormick, and a new, state-of-the-art library at Pratt and Western (to be completed in winter of 2018).

But Debra’s major passion is serving her constituents. She is always available to answer residents’ emails and phone calls or speak with them during Constituent Open Office Hours. She regularly holds community events, including the extremely popular Movie in the Park at Chippewa Park and the Back to School Fair at Warren Park.

In addition to her political work, Debra is a co-founder of the Libenu Foundation, an organization creating supervised housing for adults with developmental disabilities in the 50th Ward. She has a degree in accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago and built a successful small business helping individuals and area businesses navigate their tax obligations.

Drawing from a wide breadth of knowledge and commitment to the residents of the 50th Ward, Debra works every day to make the community in which she raised her children once again regain its full potential.


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