Proco Joe Moreno

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Proco Joe Moreno III
City of Chicago Alderman
Assumed office
March 26, 2010
Preceded by Manny Flores
Constituency 1st Ward, Chicago
Personal details
Born (1972-05-19) May 19, 1972 (age 42)
Moline, IL
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater DePaul University

Proco Joe Moreno (born May 19, 1972) was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley to replace Manny Flores as Chicago's 1st Ward alderman on March 26, 2010.

The 1st Ward of Chicago incorporates Wicker Park, Bucktown, East Village, Ukrainian Village, and Logan Square.

Once in office, Moreno instituted his own graffiti-removal and vacant-lot-clearance programs. During the Chicago Blizzard of 2011, Moreno paid for snow-removal for 1st Ward residents out of his own pocket.[1]

Proco “Joe” Moreno took a stand against the privately-owned food chain Chick-Fil-A, due to President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy’s Christian faith and unfavorable view of same-sex marriage. Moreno claimed aldermanic privilege to deny Chick-Fil-A a zoning variance which would have allowed subdividing an unused portion of a Home Depot parking lot to open the restaurant.

2011 Chicago election[edit]

Moreno beat two opponents and received 74% of the vote in the February 22, 2011 Chicago municipal elections.[2] He received all of the major endorsements available during the campaign, including those of the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.[3][4]

Moreno endorsed Gery Chico for mayor and Susana Mendoza for city clerk in the 2011 election.

Moreno is a member of seven city council committees: Rules and Ethics, Finance, Economic Development, Education, Health, Consumer Protection, and Cultural Affairs.[5]

Moreno belongs to the Paul Douglas Alliance caucus in the Chicago City Council.[6]

Controversy over teachers' strike[edit]

Moreno criticized the Chicago Teachers' Union during its 2012 strike when he appeared on the Fox Business Channel.[7] The following February, Moreno was booed off the stage of a community meeting dealing with public education, with one attendee shouting, "Grab your skateboard and go, Joe!" Most in attendance, as well as subsequent commentary, attributed the hostility to Moreno's criticism of the teachers' union and support for expanding charter schools throughout Chicago.[8]

Critics have noted that Moreno participated in United Neighborhood Organization's (UNO), a charter school operator which is currently under investigation for corruption, Metropolitan Leadership Institute.[9]

Early life[edit]

Moreno was born in Moline, IL and moved to Chicago after graduating from Augustana College, with a B.A. in Business and Art.

His father is Mexican and his mother is from Moline, Illinois. His Mexican grandfather received citizenship after he fought in World War II and jumped on D-Day.

Moreno sat on the board of Humboldt Park Social Services and served as a member of José de Diego's Local School Council.[10][11] In 2008, Moreno ran against incumbent Illinois State Senator Willie Delgado and narrowly lost.

Personal life[edit]

Moreno has an M.B.A. from DePaul University and was vice president at a $25-million printing company before becoming alderman.

Moreno remains an avid runner and has hosted Run the Ward events to encourage wellness in the community.

Moreno originally moved to the neighborhood with his partner because of the vibrant art and music scene and his appreciation and support of local artists has expanded since he took office.[12]

Moreno's music taste has been featured in the AV Club and Time Out Chicago magazines.[13][14] His favorite artists include Girl Talk, The Smiths, Yo La Tengo, Wilco, Minor Threat, and A Tribe Called Quest.

Moreno has been a vegetarian for 18 years. He has a seven-year-old daughter and they live in Wicker Park.


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