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Ald. Balcer To Retire; Daley Relative In Line For Council Seat?

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11 Ward Ald. James Balcer (City of Chicago)

11 Ward Ald. James Balcer (City of Chicago)

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(CBS) – Chicago’s 11th Ward Alderman, James Balcer, has decided not to run for re-election, which could pave the way for another Daley family member in the City Council, CBS 2 has learned.

Balcer tells CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine that he’s stepping down to pursue treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder stemming from his military service in Vietnam.

Balcer, a former Marine, was awarded a Bronze Star for heroic acts during combat.

Patrick Thompson, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley and also a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioner, is expected to seek election as Balcer’s successor.

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioner Patrick Daley Thompson is the grandson of former Mayor Richard J. Daley and the nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. (Credit: Facebook)

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioner Patrick Daley Thompson is the grandson of former Mayor Richard J. Daley and the nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. (Credit: Facebook)

Thompson lives in the Bridgeport home once owned by his grandfather, former Mayor Richard J. Daley.

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