RSS feeds allow Web site content to be gathered via feed reader software. Click the subscribe link to obtain the feed URL for this page. The feed will update when new content appears on this page.

James Balcer

A collection of news and information related to James Balcer published by this site and its partners.

Top James Balcer Articles

Displaying items 12-21
  • Council bans sale of crib bumper pads in Chicago

    Council bans sale of crib bumper pads in Chicago
    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...
  • Emanuel speed camera ticket measure approved

    Emanuel speed camera ticket measure approved
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s controversial speed-camera ordinance that would ding violators with tickets of up to $100 won Chicago City Council approval today. The 33-14 vote came after the mayor made changes to the camera plan in an effort to build...
  • Owe City Hall? Chicago may take it out of state tax refund

    Owe City Hall? Chicago may take it out of state tax refund
    Illinois residents who owe money to Chicago City Hall could find a hold placed on their state income tax refunds under a measure endorsed today by the City Council Budget Committee. The city hopes to collect between $8 million and $20 million in unpaid...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Emanuel's budget passes City Council 46-3

    Emanuel's budget passes City Council 46-3
    The Chicago City Council today easily approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's $6.5 billion budget for next year.As aldermen met, the only debate was over the mayor’s expected margin of victory. Last year, the City Council voted 50-0 to approve Emanuel's...
  • Ex-gang member 'Gator' Bradley asks aldermen for gun permit

    Ex-gang member 'Gator' Bradley asks aldermen for gun permit
    Pardoned former gang member Wallace “Gator” Bradley told aldermen today he wants the right to own a handgun, even though he once had felony convictions on his record. Bradley, who in recent decades has set up shop as a self-professed “...
  • 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......