Chicago's sacred 11th ward in Bridgeport could soon be back in the hands of a Daley after 17 years. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew confirms to WGN he is making a play for it.
The current alderman, James Balcer, says he's walking away with his head held high. He says he will finish his term and focus on his health and denies anyone is pushing him out.
"Let me make one thing clear, I was not forced out," Balcer said.
Balcer calls it a tough decision, but the Vietnam vet says he has struggled with vertigo and post traumatic stress disorder for decades. As an alderman, Balcer made veterans in Chicago a top priority, but he couldn't overcome his own health issues and that is why he is retiring from city council, he says.
The man interested in filling his chair is Patrick D. Thompson. The Water Reclamation District Commissioner is a lawyer by trade and a Daley descendant. He even lives in his grandfather's Bridgeport home.
Balcer calls Patrick Thompson a friend and a hard worker who is committed and invested in the ward.