What Was Ira Thinking?

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?

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5 thoughts on “What Was Ira Thinking?

    • Jason, you are absolutely correct. There is almost no transparency and very little accountability in Illinois politics. I heard a report on NPR about why members of Congress (Conyers, Franken, etc.) have not been removed after being accused of sexual harassment. The reporter said that the reason is democracy itself–because they are elected, they are different from CEOs, news anchors, and actors; in other words, different rules apply. They shouldn’t.

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