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Joe Moore

Ward 49

 

Campaign donations since 2015, mapped.

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Came to do good, stayed to do well

Elected on a progressive platform in 1991, Moore has spent the ensuing years selling out his constituents and becoming the establishment politician he once fought to unseat. He votes against the interests of labor unions and worker advocacy groups. As chair of the Committee on Housing and Real Estate, he accepts more money from developers, property managers, and real estate than almost any other alderman, so it’s not hard to tell who Moore is really working for. As further proof, Moore’s office hours are by appointment only and he is refusing to meet with community members and activists who want a say in the future of their ward.[1]

As current Cook County Clerk, David Orr, vacated his seat in the 49th ward to clerk, he pushed forward a (then) progressive candidate, Joe Moore, as his replacement. Moore beat the machine candidate and took office in 1991. Today and he has become like the machine politician he once defeated. He votes with Rahm Emanuel 98% of the time. In 2015 Rahm appointed him chair of the Committee on Housing and Real Estate and has since blocked an ordinance that would mandate greater oversight for the Chicago Housing Authority,[2] saying to a group of protesters, "...since you've chosen my home to do your demonstration, I have chosen that—to decide that—that ordinance is never going to come out of my committee as long as I'm chair. You got that?"[3]

He accepts more money from developers, property managers, and real estate than almost any other alderman. Right now, Three Corners Development has broken ground on a project that will replace affordable senior housing with market rate apartments.[4] The land is owned by The Chicago Housing Authority, meaning it’s supposed to be used for affordable housing and Moore leased it to these developers for $1. One dollar. They’re putting in a Target that will destroy the smaller locally owned grocery stores in Rogers Park and naturally, the public is incensed. Moore refuses to meet with community members or activists who want a say in the future of their ward.[5]

In February, 2016 he voted for a measure that would decrease the oversight of Chicago's Inspector General in matters of Aldermen's spending as well as workers' compensation benefits. This paves the way for workers’ rights abuses.[6] Since becoming a Rahm Emanuel rubber stamp in 2011, union support has starkly decreased and developers have made up the difference. SEIU and AFSCME together donated nearly $250,000 to the alderman before 2011, but neither has donated a penny since then.[7]

Note: Reclaim Chicago and The People's Lobby endorsed Maria Hadden for 49th Ward alderman.

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