* DNAInfo Chicago…
When Silverstein thought she had a boyfriend, Rotheimer alleged that the state senator moved to kill a bill she was pushing.
“I want him to answer for it and to know that it is wrong,” Rotheimer said, referring to Silverstein. “It is unconscionable.”
Silverstein recalled holding hearings on Rotheimer’s bill and holding meetings with the attorney general’s office in a failed attempt to find middle ground.
“I worked the bill as hard as I could, but she would not compromise,” he said.
Silverstein was asked whether he ever propositioned Rotheimer, threatened to put a hold on her bill or said, did or wrote anything that could be construed as sexual harassment or intimidation.
“No. Not that I know of. It’s not in my nature. It’s not in my blood. I was trying to help her. I was just trying to help her get this bill through,” he said.
Rotheimer also said she turned to state Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, for help getting a response to her complaint, but “nothing happened.”
Bush said she was contacted by Rotheimer, who told her that she had been treated in an “inappropriate way” by Silverstein and raised concerns that her complaint was not being taken seriously by Cullerton’s office. Bush said she immediately called Cullerton, who said he was aware of the complaint and already had forwarded the matter and documents provided by Rotheimer to the legislative inspector general.
Bush said after that she did not respond to subsequent calls from Rotheimer because she believed it was inappropriate given it had been referred to the appropriate authorities.
“Any time anybody alleges misconduct, the first thing I am going to do is go to the appropriate authorities. It is not my job to decide,” Bush said.
* Rotheimer shared three documents with reporters. The first (click here) is a letter from the Office of Executive Inspector General telling her the OEIG has no jurisdiction over legislators.
She also shared this complaint she filed…
The first order of business that needs to be established in Springfield is to enact a zero tolerance policy for elected officials who abuse their position of power and require their immediate resignation. I did not deserve to be violated by state Senator Ira I. Silverstein. He sponsored my bill with the intent to degrade me and invade my privacy by messaging me and calling me at midnight–on numerous occasions, by arranging private and personal meetings with me at the park and ice cream parlors, by asking me to be “friendly” and answering personal questions about myself, etc., by telling me he had feelings for me and that I was fun, pretty and very, very attractive, by wanting me to send him pictures of me and telling me that he can’t stop thinking of me, by being mean and hurtful to me on numerous occasions when I tried to talk about the bill, etc. There are nearly 4000 Facebook messages between us since he began “pursuing” me while deceiving me about his motive to support my cause. I told him I would know whether his intent was genuine or not based on the outcome of SB2151. He knew I was committed to this bill and this cause because of all the people who continue to call me and ask for help. All the parents whose children have been raped or murdered and reached out to me and shared their grievances with the system never even scratched the surface of his conscience because his fantasy about me clouted his mind. Liars are master manipulators who betray the trust of those who seek their help with the intent to empower themselves and satisfy their own twisted agenda. Yesterday I filed a complaint with state Senate President John Cullerton on an ethics violation against Senator Silverstein. During the presidential campaign there was a lot of public outcry about Trump’s behavior–I hope the stand that certain elected officials took against Trump’s behavior also stand in support of my complaint. When we mothers whose children have been victims of violent crime and we seek legislative change to prevent other crime victims from becoming further victimized by the system we should not become victimized by any elected official who wants to “play” with us because we “make them smile.”
She also sent a pdf document of their Facebook chats, but said “Please keep the information about any crime victim confidential that are in the fb messages” in her e-mail. So, I’m not linking to the whole thing.
* There is a lot of banter like this…
Ira Silverstein: I will walk behind you and pretend I’m homeless. That way you’ll look good when you give me salami
Denise Rotheimer: great idea and u can then kiss my ring
IS: Oh yes and I will wash your feet
DR: no i have bad feet not many people know that i need a petticure
IS: Do you want me to kiss your toe ring too
DR: how did u know i have a toe ring no one else knows
IS: do u have any tattoos
DR: You’re just that kinda guy. No. Nada on the tattoos
IS: i have one of that lady you love in the attorney generals office
DR: You got a donkey. Where. Your bicep
DR: An ass on your ass. Good one
IS: you finally got one of my jokes not bad for a fake blond
DR: That is too funny
* And this…
DR: I’m in for some kosher food. If you don’t shop for speedos how are you going to buy a new one
IS: i bet you never had kosher food
DR: You lost that bet because I ate at your fundraiser remember. ..
IS: you got me!!!!!!!!! wait a minute that does not count because it is not is a resturant
DR: your the bacon and I’m the egg
IS: bacon is not kosher i am the egg
DR: Wait I meant you’re not your - Mr. correct my grammar whenever you get a chance. Yeah you look more like the egg :)
IS: u r mean
enjoy your popcorn
DR: I knew you would say that. I thought the egg was cute but you think in the negative. Think positive then you wont think of me as mean. Also I ate chocolate ice cream. No popcorn tonight.
IS: ok get fat u need it
DR: I’ll work on it:) by the 2nd I will gain 4 pounds and you will lose 4 pounds. You game?
IS: u r on
how much do you weigh today?
DR: I lost a pound today. I’m skipping the gym. I tried to get up to 115 but I’m stuck at 112. How much do you weigh today?
IS: never ask a man how much he weighs It is like asking a women her age!!!!!!
DR: Come on! How much
IS: no way bring a scale with you to springfield
DR: Are you at least losing like you’re supposed to…since you won’t tell me your weight?
If you tell me I won’t tell, so don’t be shy!!! I told you!!!!!!!!!!
IS: I am shy
DR: Fine. I’ll bring the scale and you bring the corn beef :) since you’re sensitive I won’t make you tell!
IS: deal what kind of bread do you like
DR: Italian. Not rye- yucky. Can you add a banana split to my order
That might - I repeat might - explain the voicemail message from Silverstein about working on her sixpack. But, then again, maybe not.
* And they also talked food and politics during a debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump…
DR: I know you’re a gambling man so if Trump knocks it out of the park during today’s debate you have to buy ice cream after lunch. If Clinton knocks it out of the park I buy the ice cream. Either way I get ice cream :) wanna bet…..
I love ice cream. This will cost u
DR: The ice cream I want is $15
DR: Hillary just threw the first stone. Sign of weakness. I’m going to win!
IS: U r dreaming
DR: No I’m watching :) donald is holding up and being nice! […]
IS: Ok there goes your ice cream
DR: Haha. Bet is still on you can’t back out. Remember your word is your bond :)
she is coming on stronge
IS: i am going to bed i win i heard enough
DR: You’re going to miss the best debate ever. Good night
IS: only kidding
DR: It’s hard to hear about Chicago. He’s right though the blacks are majority victims. Law enforcement and whites keep getting blamed for the actions of the thugs which she propagated and needs to stop.
IS: It is a draw
DR: No pun intended. Glad you’re not taking all this seriously. No one is :)
* The only reference to him pulling support from her bill appears to be a joke, but, remember, he could’ve said that in person, on the phone or whatever…
DR: I respect my elders. After your birthday o can no longer make fun of you
IS: I would not talk at least i do not have grey hair and wrinkes like you
DR: Booya That’s a good one. NOT
IS: insult me one more time and i will remove myself as the sponor of your bill
DR: Ah the threats. You can’t intimidate me silly besides you love the bill as much as me
IS: wait until thursday when u check the status of the bill
* Their last conversation that she shared was from November 28, 2016…
IS: Did u get there
DR: Half way there. At gas station. Figured out Facebook :)
IS: Sorry for blowing up on you
I am just as frustrated as u
DR: Put it on the schedule and let me deal with Fullerton. I just spoke with Rep Greg Harris and Elaine netkoritz at dinner
I will deal with Fullerton
She sent her letter to the OEIG on January 19th. So far, we do not know what happened between those two dates, so I would caution everyone to take a breath and keep an open mind. This ain’t over yet.