Ald. James Balcer

O'Hare, Midway Get Special Caissons For Fallen TroopsAld. James Balcer (11th), a Vietnam veteran, joined Ald. Edward Burke (14th) at O’Hare International Airport on Thursday to unveil ceremonial caissons decorated with the American flag, and displaying the insignia of all five military branches.
Chicago Election Begins Taking Shape As First Candidates File PetitionsThe first day of candidate filings for the city elections in February gave some early indications about the various races, but can’t tell the whole story.
City Honoring Veterans At Soldier Field CeremonyAs the nation honors the men and women who have served our country, Chicago hosted a salute Tuesday morning at Soldier Field to pay tribute to those who have worn the uniform.
Balcer Denies Stepping Down To Clear Path For Daley Nephew: "I Was Not Forced Out"Ald. James Balcer (11th) on Tuesday vehemently denied he was being forced out of his seat on the City Council to make way for a third generation of the Daley family, blaming an ongoing struggle with vertigo and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Zoning Committee OKs Bridgeport Heliport PlanA Wheeling company’s plan to build a heliport along the Chicago River in Bridgeport has cleared a major hurdle, and likely will be approved by the City Council on Wednesday, over the objections of some people who live nearby.
City Wants Cubs, Sox Fans To Be Ready For Changes In 2014Opening Day is next week for the White Sox and the Cubs, so Chicago police and each team’s alderman were reaching out to fans Friday to prepare them for a few changes in store this year.
Aldermen Seek More Attention On Veteran SuicidesThere might not be much the City Council can do directly to help active-duty military personnel or veterans deal with post-traumatic stress, but aldermen held a hearing Wednesday to hear ideas on strategies to identify the causes of suicide among veterans.
Korean War Vets Mark 60th Anniversary Of End To "Forgotten War"With the help of their canes, walkers, and wheelchairs, a group of 55 Korean War veterans attended a memorial service at Kennedy Park in the Morgan Park neighborhood.
Alderman, NRA Activist Spar Over Measure To Ban Assault Weapons Chicago Aldermen have given preliminary approval to proposals for a City assault weapons ban and other measures expected to win approval at tomorrow’s special City Council meetings, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Honoring The Fallen Heroes Since Sept. 11Starting at 9:11 a.m., volunteers have been reading the names of the American men and women who have been killed while serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, at a ceremony outside the Thompson Center.
City Honors Troops, Veterans At Memorial Day ParadeA week ago, it was anti-war protesters. Yesterday, supporters of U.S. troops had their turn to take over the streets of downtown Chicago.
Aldermen Urge Public Transportation Use For Cubs, Sox GamesOpening day has arrived for the Cubs, and the team and the local alderman are urging fans to use public transportation.
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