Proco Joe Moreno was inaugurated as the Alderman of Chicago’s 1st Ward on March 26, 2010. In February, 2011 he was elected to a full term, with 74% of the vote. In February of 2015 he retained that position by regaining the voters’ confidence. In May of 2015 Alderman Moreno was granted a Chairmanship with the Committee on Human Relations.
Joe was born in Moline, IL to working class parents. His father is Mexican and his mother comes from a long and proud line of Quad-Cities farmers. After graduating from Moline High School, Joe went onto Augustana College to study Business and Art.
Joe has been a resident of the Wicker Park neighborhood for more than 17 years, moving to the neighborhood after college because of the diversity and the vibrant music and nightlife scene which was emerging during the mid-nineties.
After college Joe worked at a suburban union printing company, starting at the bottom and working his way up to ultimately become Vice President of the company. He went to school at night and earned an M.B.A. from DePaul University in 2003.
His first elected position was a member of the Local School Council for Jose De Diego Community Academy. He also served as a board member of Humboldt Park Social Services, where he helped empower and advocate for homeless and disadvantaged people in Humboldt Park. In these two positions he developed his zeal for expanding opportunity and equity in education and giving a voice to the voiceless.
Since becoming Alderman, Joe has become known for doing a lot of DIY constituent service, including paying for snow removal, graffiti removal, vacant lot clearance and pot hole repair out of his own pocket. Legislatively, he’s focused on simplifying bureaucracy, expanding opportunity and has passed many ordinances and resolutions reflective of these two legislative philosophies.
Joe lives in Wicker Park with his eight year old daughter, Ava. He’s been a vegetarian for the last 19 years. He enjoys jogging the streets of Chicago’s greatest ward and plans to be the 1st Ward Alderman for a very long time.