Chicago City Council: Proco "Joe" Moreno

1st Ward Alderman

By Jessica Guido
|  Thursday, Dec 8, 2011  |  Updated 3:30 PM CDT
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Chicago City Council: Proco "Joe" Moreno

courtesy the Office of Proco Joe Moreno

Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno could be called "hip." 

At age 38, he is one of the youngest City of Chicago councilmen. Moreno has implemented programs and policies for the 1st Ward such as a text messaging program that alerts residents before nightly street cleanings. He also tweets, uses Facebook and writes a blog on Huffington Post.

Background: Moreno was born in 1972 and is from Moline. He moved to Chicago after attending Augustana College and has lived in Wicker Park for more than 14 years. Before moving into politics, he was vice president of a suburban printing company. Moreno was an elected member of the local school council for Jose De Diego Community Academy and board member of Humboldt Park Social Services. In 2003, Moreno received his M.B.A. from DePaul University.

The Ward: The 1st Ward has a diverse population consisting of Latinos, African-Americans and Eastern Europeans. The ward includes the geographic areas of Logan Square, Wicker Park, Bucktown, East Village and Ukrainian Village.

The Office: Alderman Moreno replaced Manny Flores in March 2010. He has extended office hours at night and satellite offices on the weekend at local public areas. After a few months in office, he established his text messaging program that informed citizens before street cleanings on their block. Also, he introduced an ordinance to stop paying convicted city employees. Currently, Moreno works with a team that paints over vandalism on vacant lots and public properties. He got himself into hot water with Mayor Rahm Emanuel after approaching an ethics issue concerning the Deputy Inspector General.

Committees:
Committee, Rules and Ethics
Economics, Capital and Technology Development
Education and Child Development
Finance
Health and Environmental Protection
License and Consumer Protection
Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation

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