State Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago) recently introduced a plan creating a penalty for adults who smoke in a car with minors.
“Second-hand smoke has serious health effects, and Illinois already restricts smoking indoors. This protects children from prolonged, enclosed exposure to smoke in an even less-ventilated setting,” Silverstein said.
The plan, Senate Bill 2659, creates an up-to $100 fine for any motorist who smokes tobacco, marijuana or any other combustible substance in a car with a person under the age of 18.
Police will not be able to pull over drivers simply because of this offense.
Majority Caucus Chair
Years served: 1999 - Present
Committee assignments: Committee of the Whole; Financial Institutions; Gaming (Vice-Chairperson); Insurance; Judiciary; Executive (Chairperson); Subcommittee on Ethics (Sub-Chairperson); Subcommittee on State & Local Govt.; Subcommittee on State Regulation.
Biography: Attorney; Degrees from Loyola University in 1982 and John Marshall Law School in 1985; past President of the Northtown Community Council; board member of the Korean Senior Center; member of the Greek Pan-Hellenic Laconian organization; Director of the Bernard Horwich JCC; married (wife, Debra), has four children.