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, to replace Manny Flores, as Chicago's 1st Ward Alderman by Mayor Richard M. Daley on March 26, 2010.

The 1st Ward of Chicago incorporates areas including: 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]

2011 Chicago election[edit]

Moreno beat two opponents in the February 22, 2011 Chicago municipal elections, by receiving 74% of the vote.[2] He received all of the major endorsements available during the campaign, including 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]

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 Jose De Diego's Local school Council.[6][7] In 2008, Moreno ran against incumbent Illinois State Senator, Willie Delgado, and lost by a close margin.

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.[8]

Moreno's music taste has been featured in the AV Club and Time Out Chicago magazines.[9][10] 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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