Candidate for Chicago City Council

About the Candidate

Name: Joe Moore
DOB: July 22, 1958
Family: Wife, Barbara Moore, and two sons, Nathan and Zach
Occupation: Alderman, 49th Ward, City of Chicago
Political Experience: Alderman and Committeeman, 49th Ward, City of Chicago

Candidate Statement

Hi, I’m Joe Moore. I’m here to ask you for another four years as your alderman so that I can continue my fight for progressive change at City Hall and in Rogers Park.

Lots of candidates these days call themselves progressive, but words mean nothing if they’re not accompanied by results.

I successfully led the battle to put into place Chicago’s first minimum wage and now I'm fighting to increase it to $15. I require developers to provide more affordable housing and I fought to close two dirty power plants that harmed our environment and our health.

I am a pioneer for community policing, fought for reparations for the victims of police torture, and helped put body cameras on every police officer.

I am the first elected official in the nation to adopt participatory budgeting to give you, the taxpayer, not the politicians, the power to decide how to spend your tax dollars. And I am fighting for a ban on outside employment for aldermen, to prevent aldermen from using their elected office to benefit their private interest.

In short, I'm an agent for progressive change. Working with you and your neighbors, we’ve made Rogers Park a far better place to live than when I first took office. Our streets are safer, our schools are better, and our business climate has improved. All the while, we’ve kept our economic, cultural and racial diversity that makes our neighborhood the crown jewel of Chicago.

You see, platitudes and empty promises don’t get things done. Hard work, collaboration, and, yes, experience is the recipe for a progressive city and a successful and vibrant community.

If you honor me with another four years, I promise I will continue to be an agent for change. Much has been accomplished, but much remains to be done.

Candidate Q&A

What is your vision for this office?

I view my position as Alderman of the 49th Ward as a sacred bond with my constituents, who have entrusted me to serve and represent them. As alderman, I have used and will continue to use my experience to support and advocate for policies that move the City of Chicago in a more progressive direction and ensure the safety, affordability and economic vitality of the Rogers Park community. My experienced ward service office team and I also will continue to provide city services and other assistance to my constituents in the same prompt, efficient and professional manner they have come to expect.

What is the most pressing issue facing constituents, and how can you help address it?

It is difficult to point to one issue as the “most important,” as they are all interrelated. Public safety is of paramount concern, but a safe neighborhood does not simply result from effective and responsive policing, as important as it is. Safe neighborhoods also require good schools, affordable and accessible housing, access to quality jobs, vibrant business districts and engaged and connected residents.

A good alderman, therefore, must be a Jack (or Jacqueline) of all trades and address all issues in a comprehensive and holistic manner, working in partnership with community stakeholders to ensure Rogers Park continues to be a safe and welcoming home to people of all diverse incomes, backgrounds and nationalities.