About Joe Moore
Known as a pioneer for political reform, governmental transparency and democratic governance, Joe Moore has represented Chicago's 49th Ward since 1991. Encompassing the majority of Chicago's Rogers Park community and portions of the Edgewater and West Ridge communities, the 49th Ward is one of the nation's most economically and racially diverse communities.
Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1958, and raised in Oak Lawn and Evanston, Illinois, Moore has lived in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood since 1980. He has two sons, Nathan (21) and Zachary (14). Moore’s wife, Barbara, contributes a great amount of volunteer time to the 49th Ward community, including coordinating the activities of the 49th Ward Green Corps and chairing the Glenwood Sunday Market Board of Directors.
Moore graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1976, earned a B.A. from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois in 1980, and received a J.D. from DePaul University Law School in 1984.
From 1984 to 1991, Moore worked as an attorney in the City of Chicago’s Department of Law, first in the department’s Appeals Division, where he argued cases before the Illinois Appellate Court, the Illinois Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and later in the department’s Affirmative Litigation Division, where he worked to recover millions of dollars on behalf of the City’s taxpayers.
Moore won re-election in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007 and most recently in 2011, when he received 72% of the vote. He is chairman of the City Council Committee on Human Relations and also serves on the following City Council committees: Budget and Government Operations; Finance; Health and Environmental Protection; and Rules and Ethics.