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Alderman Joe Moore

Joe Moore has represented Chicago's 49th Ward since 1991, making him one of the longest tenured members of the Chicago City Council.  Alderman Moore was the first council-member ally of the Housing Plus proposition in 2005, and has been among its most dedicated allies since. 


As Housing Plus transitions as a Not-For-Profit corporation and pursues the implementation of projects throughout the Greater Metropolitan Chicagoland area, someone with the depth and breadth of experience such as Alderman Moore may prove to be of incredible value.  And, should the initiative move toward expansion away from Chicago and Illinois, Moore’s national contacts will likely prove instrumental in any successes.


In 2015, Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Alderman Moore as Chairman of the important City Council Committee on Housing and Real Estate.  This appointment immediately increased Alderman’s potential of influence, which is already being felt today.  Joe will be sponsoring or co-sponsoring new legislation that will reduce the approval process timeline for owners by 400% and the out-of-pocket risk by 3000%!!!


Joe Moore is known as a pioneer for political reform, governmental transparency and democratic governance.  Encompassing the majority of Chicago's Rogers Park community and a portion of the West Ridge community, his 49th Ward is one of the nation's most economically and racially diverse communities.


Moore graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1976, earned a B.A. from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois in 1980, and received a J.D. from DePaul University Law School in 1984.

In addition to his leadership role with the City Council Committee on Housing and Real Estate, Alderman Moore also serves on the following City Council committees: Budget and Government Operations; Education and Child Development; Finance; Health and Environmental Protection; Human Relations; Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation; and Rules and Ethics.  He is past Committee Chairman of the Committee on Human Relations, and the Committee for Special Events.


Over the years as a law maker and public servant, Joe Moore has championed marked improvements in neighborhood revitalization, public safety, business development, minimum wages, and the environment.  His participatory budgeting model, adopted now by many of his Chicago City Council colleagues, as well as city council members in New York City, San Francisco, and Vallejo, California, has gained recognition and praise as an open and inclusive approach to community development matters. 


Moore recently served on the board of the National League of Cities (NLC), a national organization that advocates on behalf of America’s cities and towns, and now serves on its advisory council.  In the past, he has chaired several NLC committees including the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Advocacy Committee and the Central Cities Council.


Moore is past-chairman of the National Democratic Municipal Officials Conference, a national organization of Democratic mayors and city council members, and served on the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) where DNC Chairman, Governor Howard Dean, appointed Moore to a newly formed DNC Committee on Budget and Finance.




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