Ald. James Balcer

Ald. James Balcer, 11th Ward. (Credit: 11thward.com)

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.

08/26/2014

Computer-generated rendering of a heliport planned for the Bridgeport neighborhood. (Credit: Chicago Helicopter Express)

Zoning Committee OKs Bridgeport Heliport Plan

A 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.

04/02/2014

(Credit: Scott Olson/Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

City Wants Cubs, Sox Fans To Be Ready For Changes In 2014

Opening 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.

03/28/2014

U.S. Army fatigues. (Photo credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Aldermen Seek More Attention On Veteran Suicides

There 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.

02/19/2014

File picture taken circa April 15, 1951 around Seoul shows US troops waiting for attack order as North Korean troops launching a great offensive over the South Korean capital. United States supported South Korea during the 1950-1953 Korean war which ended with an armistice temporarily and the deployment of 37.000 US forces in South Korea. (Photo credit : STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

07/26/2013

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

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.

07/16/2013

Honoring The Fallen Heroes Since Sept. 11

Starting 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.

CBS Chicago–12/14/2012

JROTC members march in the 2012 Memorial Day Parade on State Street. (Credit: CBS)

City Honors Troops, Veterans At Memorial Day Parade

A week ago, it was anti-war protesters. Yesterday, supporters of U.S. troops had their turn to take over the streets of downtown Chicago.

CBS Chicago–05/27/2012

Wrigley Field Marquee (credit: Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images)

Aldermen Urge Public Transportation Use For Cubs, Sox Games

Opening day has arrived for the Cubs, and the team and the local alderman are urging fans to use public transportation.

CBS Chicago–04/05/2012

Red Light Camera

State Senate OKs Speed Cameras For Chicago

You might not know it yet, but coming soon to a street corner near you could be traffic speed traps – maybe a lot more of them than Mayor Rahm Emanuel discussed last week.

WBBM Newsradio–10/26/2011

A city of Chicago red light camera (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Wants To Use Red Light Cameras To Catch Speeders

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday that he’s pushing for state lawmakers to allow the city to use its red light cameras to catch speeding drivers near schools and parks.

CBS Chicago–10/20/2011

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Police Board Reforms Approved By City Council Committee

After years of being stalled in the City Council, a bill to change the way the Police Board operates has won preliminary approval.

WBBM Newsradio–09/07/2011

Cell Phone (Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Alderman Asks Chicagoans To Donate Cell Phones For Troops

The City of Chicago wants you to help U.S. troops abroad keep in touch with their families.

CBS Chicago–07/06/2011

Rahm Emanuel (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)

Emanuel Announces City Council Reorganization Plan

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has formally announced his agreement with the planned reorganization of the Chicago City Council.

CBS Chicago–05/11/2011

75th Street Fire

Crackdown May Be Coming On Vacant Buildings

The deaths last month of two Chicago firefighters in a roof collapse may result in a tougher law regarding vacant buildings.

WBBM Newsradio–01/26/2011