Word on the street is that Ald. Joe Moore (49th) may be leaving the City Council.
Gov. Pat Quinn is considering naming Moore to head the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, sources say.
Moore, considered an independent during the Daley years, has been less critical of the new mayor.
Moore lead the way in the emotional debate to ban foie gras. Mayor Richard Daley called it “the silliest law” and the ban lasted all of 18 months.
Chicago restaurants really never stopped serving the goose livers, the good old get-around-the Chicago-law way, they just didn’t charge for it during the foie gras prohibition.
Moore has represented Rogers Park for 20 years and Crain’s Chicago Business reports Moore is borrowing a page from so many other Chicago political families and would like to see his wife Barbara Moore replace him. She’s actually running for a spot on the Water Reclamation District.
But, if he leaves it would be up to Mayor Rahm Emanuel to appoint a replacement.
Should Barbara Moore win the mayor’s support, it would mean the 49th and 50th Wards would have husband and wife teams with powerful city and state government jobs.
50th Ward Alderman Debra Silverstein’s husband Ira is a State Senator.
Calls to Moore’s office have not yet been returned.
*Update: Alderman Joe Moore says “it is way too premature” to discuss the possibility he might step down as alderman and take a job with Quinn administration. However he does admit being “always open” to considering new challenges. Moore says he “loves his work in the City Council.”