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James Balcer

City of Chicago Alderman
Personal data
Date of birthJuly 24, 1950(age 66)
Political partyDemocrat
ResidenceChicago, Illinois
United States
City of Chicago Alderman
In office1997 - Present
Constituency11th ward
Succeeded byIncumbent
Preceded byPatrick Huels

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James A. Balcer (born June 24, 1950) is alderman of the 11th Ward of the City of Chicago (map). A member of the Democratic Party, he was appointed to the Chicago City Council by Mayor Richard M. Daley in 1997.

Balcer serves on six committees: Budget and Government Operations; Energy, Environmental Protection and Public Utilities; Finance; Human Relations; Police and Fire; and Transportation and Public Way.

Balcer served as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and in 2001 was belatedly awarded the Bronze Star.

He was appointed to the Council in the aftermath of a scandal about disclosures about then-Ald. Patrick Huels' private security firm that resulted in Huels' resignation.

Ald. Balcer's ward encompasses part of Chicago's Southwest Side, and includes the neighborhood of Bridgeport, which has been home to five Chicago mayors, including both Richard M. and Richard J. Daley.

Ald. Balcer attracted media attention in May, 2009 for ordering the removal of a mural that had been commissioned on private property.[http://egov.cityofchicago.org/city/webportal/portalContentItemAction.do?BV_SessionID=@@@@1534305213.1154060247@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddiglhljkgcefecelldffhdfhg.0&contentOID=536898091&contenTypeName=COC_EDITORIAL&topChannelName=Ward&entityName=Ward11 For this dubious destinction, Ald. Balcer received a Muzzle" from the Expression.




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