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Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Aldermen: City Wasted Millions Fighting Snow, Ice

Aldermen: City Wasted Millions Fighting Snow, Ice

Snowfall was followed by record-breaking cold temperatures and much of the salt that was spread was useless, Ald. Joe Moore (49th) said. Read »

Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 9:02 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Return Candidate to Challenge Ald. Moore in 49th Ward

Return Candidate to Challenge Ald. Moore in 49th Ward

Don Gordon, who took Ald. Moore to a runoff in 2007, is set to run for alderman again. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Joe Moore Makes It Worse By Attacking Accuser

Joe Moore Makes It Worse By Attacking Accuser

Ald. Joe Moore didn't need to call the ex-employee accusing him of ethics "disgruntled" in order to salvage his own reputation. Read »

Friday, Aug 2, 2013 at 8:08 PM
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By Phil Rogers and Alexandria Fisher

Alderman Admits to Alleged Political Activity

In a letter to his constituents, Ald. Joe Moore (49th) admitted to political activity in his office after a former employee alleged she was fired four years ago for raising questions about continuing... Read »

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 7:31 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Alderman Says Ethics Allegations May Be True

A week after news first broke of his interview with the FBI, Ald. Joe Moore (49th) concedes that there may be some truth to a former employee’s allegations of political work being done in his city ward... Read »

Friday, Aug 2, 2013 at 1:08 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Former Moore Aide Says Email Proves Ethics Violation

The war of words heated up Wednesday, between a Chicago alderman known for his belief in open government, and the ex-employee who says she was paid hush money to keep quiet about political work in a city... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 at 11:00 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

White House Withholds Honor for Chicago Alderman

Ald. Joe Moore (49th) was to be honored in a "Champions of Change" ceremony, but officials at The White House said they became aware of an FBI investigation involving the alderman just hours before the... Read »

Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 3:30 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Ald. Joe Moore Investigated for Ethics Violation: Report

 Ald. Joe Moore Investigated for Ethics Violation: Report

The Legislative Inspector General says Moore used his ward office for political work, then fired a staffer who complained about it. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011 at 3:50 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Next Alderman of the 49th Ward ...

The Next Alderman of the 49th Ward ...

If Ald. Joe Moore is appointed head of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Mayor Rahm Emanuel will have his first chance to name an alderman. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011 at 11:36 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Occupy Chicago 'Mic Checks' Ald. Joe Moore

Occupy Chicago 'Mic Checks' Ald. Joe Moore

Members of the Occupy Chicago movement shout that Moore is "not our ally" because he voted for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's budget. If that's the case, then they have no allies on the City Council. Disrupting... Read »

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