Aldermen Want Parade For Navy SEALs Who Killed Bin Laden

CHICAGO (WBBM/CBS) — A group of Chicago aldermen wants to honor the military for killing Osama bin Laden this week.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Ald. James Balcer (11th) and four other aldermen want to see at ticker-tape parade to honor the accomplishments of the military in shooting down bin Laden.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports

The other aldermen who have signed on are George Cardenas (12th), Edward Burke (14th), Ariel Reboyras (30th) and Ray Suarez (31st), the Chicago Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman reported.

The aldermen would especially like to honor the Navy SEALs Team Six that carried out the mission, although it would be unlikely that unit would be able to take part, since their identities are rarely revealed.

The aldermen’s proposal also calls on Chicago to present the city’s Medal of Merit to CIA director Leon Panetta, and to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Spielman reported.

  • Keith Cason

    At this point give it a break….We as a nation should rejoice but just as The President has stated – we scored the touchdown now we dont need to spike the ball. Why torment someone who you know is crazy and “rage filled”!!!!!!!

  • Iviann

    I believe these SEALS would want to remain anonymous, don’t you think?

    • ChuckS

      IIviann ,you couldn’t be more right. these alderman just show how clueless they are and just looking for press for themselves. SEALS do not want recognition, they just wnat to get the job done and move on to the next one.

  • keith F

    On the Evening of D-Day in 1944 President Roosevelt Prayed live on the radio, here is a excerpt, of the prayer:…They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.
    A Parade… please , SEALs do their job for love of God, country, & patriotism not for personal gain and accolades. After all they’re not Aldermen…

    • Native Chicagoan

      Wow, beautiful prayer! Thanks for sharing this excerpt.

  • Megan

    Part of a Navy SEALS’s ability to do is job is his ability to remain anonymous. I don’t think that a very public parade would help with that.

  • jean

    I am not5 saying that the Armed Forces dont deserve our thanks, dont we have better things to do with our money than have a parade?? The aldermen should look into lowering our taxes and investigating why the price of gs in Chicago is the highest in the nation, while the oil execs reap these huge profits.

  • PSMO

    Leave them alone and lets work on getting everyone home, then we can have a BIG parade, Kapeesh

  • Monique T.

    Now I have realized how stupid our government officials are. What the heck are they thinking, but then again it seems never think unless it’s a profit to them. Why would you want to put our servicemen/women in the line of fire? Also, where is the money coming from, not the policians’ pockets. I thought the government was trying to cut budgets? Yes, I am ecstatic that they final caught the World’s No. 1 enemy, but I would never want to put our servicemen/women in any situation where they would be a target.

  • Mike

    Honor the seal during a meeting not a parade. Number 1 the city can’t afford it and number 2 let’s give the terrorist a central place to strike. A very dumb idea

  • RC

    A parade? Let’s pay our military more money. The job they ALL do is certainly worth more than they get now.

  • tjake13

    Every time an official opens his mouth, you know it’s going to be a lie or something stupid. Where do these people come from? A parade for killing a man; how dumb can you get? A parade should honor a victory; like the success of a war. Why don’t we have smarter politicians?

  • Gigi

    These indiviuals should be kept honered in secret, they should not expose them for there saftey, especially in public where there still is mentally unstable terriosts out there. We have to protect our men and women who are fighting for our country. The alderman should worry about cleaning up the neighborhoods against drugs and gang violence-protecting our children and citizens, jobs.



  • ArchaicNuisance

    Here’s a parade: Navy Seals never have to pay income taxes again. Ever.

  • J-chicago

    A parade? When did we start having parades for murderers of an unarmed civilian? But with the crime here in Chicago if we start that trend we would be having parades everyday!

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