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James Balcer

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  • Council to consider ban on crib bumper pads

    Council to consider ban on crib bumper pads
    Chicago could become the first city in the country to ban the sale of crib bumper pads if the City Council approves an ordinance introduced Wednesday. Ald. James Balcer, 11th, and George Cardenas, 12th, introduced the ordinance in response to a series of...
  • Chicago could raise fines for breaking into abandoned buildings

    Chicago could raise fines for breaking into abandoned buildings
    People breaking into abandoned buildings in Chicago would face stiffer fines under a proposal headed to the City Council. Aldermen and Fire Department officials have sought ways to give more teeth to city ordinances governing abandoned buildings, which...
  • Aldermen act while federal agency still investigating

    Despite objections from the industry, Chicago on Thursday became the first city in the country to ban the sale of crib bumper pads due to concern that the popular products pose a suffocation risk to babies. The City Council approved the ordinance in...
  • Chicago firefighters join health plan as contract talks loom

    Chicago firefighters join health plan as contract talks loom
    Chicago firefighters and paramedics have agreed to sign on to a healthcare plan for city workers that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has pushed as a way to drive down costs by keeping employees healthier. But the move might have implications beyond firefighters'...
  • Aldermen settle Iraq War protest lawsuits for $12 million

    Aldermen settle Iraq War protest lawsuits for $12 million
    The City Council today approved paying more than $12 million to settle two wrongful arrest lawsuits stemming from the Chicago Police Department’s handling of a 2003 anti-Iraq War march. In one settlement, the city will pay a total of $11 million...
  • Alderman to host massive flag disposal ceremony on Flag Day

     Alderman to host massive flag disposal ceremony on Flag Day
    In observance of Flag Day on Thursday, Ald. James Balcer, 11th, will show his respect for the American flag by burning thousands of them in a massive public disposal ceremony. The South Side alderman has organized the event for five years as a way for...
  • Alderman plans "respectful" flag burning ceremony

    Alderman plans "respectful" flag burning ceremony
    In observance of Flag Day a South Side alderman plans to burn thousands of old flags in a public disposal ceremony. 11th Ward Alderman James Balcer says residents can properly dispose of worn and unserviceable American, city of Chicago and military...
  • Emanuel explains support of decriminalizing pot possession

    Emanuel explains support of decriminalizing pot possession
    A majority of Chicago aldermen have signed on to an ordinance that would allow police to write tickets instead of make arrests for small amounts of marijuana possession, a strong indicator the measure will pass when the City Council votes on it next week....
  • City misfires in passing new gun-range law

     
    In a court ruling handed down Wednesday, Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals accused the Chicago City Council of passing a gun ordinance last year that was "too cute by half" and amounted to......