Debra Silverstein lives in the 50th ward with her husband Ira, and together they have four children. She has been Alderman since 2011, and has enjoyed the support of her community as she works to improve our neighborhood.
Debra graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in accounting. She used her education to start and build a successful small business, which helped individuals navigate their tax obligations. Utilizing her business knowledge and her dedication to improve the lives of the people in the 50th Ward, Debra decided to run for Alderman.
Highlights of her first term as Alderman have included her commitment to improving the safety, beauty and economic strength of the 50th Ward. One of her keystone projects has been the Devon Avenue Streetscape. This ambitious project will completely revolutionize Devon Avenue between Kedzie and Leavitt. Phase One of the project is well under way. Stop by to see how Alderman Silverstein is making our business district safer, brighter, greener and more beautiful.
Debra is also dedicated to ensuring the safety of the 50th Ward. She has organized several revolutionary multi-jurisdictional public safety stings together with the Chicago Police, Evanston Police and Cook County Sheriff's Department. By working with multiple municipalities in these first-of-their-kind operations, Debra was able to help cut through the red tape and take solid actions to keep our neighborhood safe. She has also organized several safety seminars, hosts monthly meetings with the local business owners and Chicago Police, and attends the monthly 24th District Police CAPS meetings where you can discuss safety concerns with her in person.
Drawing from her wide breadth of knowledge and commitment to the residents of the 50th Ward, Debra will continue to work every day to make the community in which she raised her children once again regain its full potential.
Please use the links on the right to see how Debra helps create jobs, builds up the economic health of our community, improves education and lowers crime in our neighborhood. Join us in making the 50th ward the best that it can be.