Allow me to indulge myself by sharing with you a nice recognition I received last week.
The Nation, the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the U.S., came out last week with its annual “Most Valuable Progressives of 2008” awards, and I was honored to make the list as the “Most Valuable Local Official.”
Here’s some of what they said:
In a city that has been rocked by corruption scandals of the ugliest sort, Chicago Alderman Joe Moore stands out as an example of the sort of steadfast and effective grassroots progressive who has fought the powerbrokers again and again and frequently prevailed. Moore refuses to be constrained by the supposed limits of local government. He has gotten the Chicago city council to oppose the war, defend civil liberties and take on chain-stores that batter local businesses. As the Holiday season approached, Moore was highlighting a “Think Globally, Shop Locally” initiative designed to help local firms compete with the big guys.
While it’s nice to be recognized by such a venerable publication, the most meaningful honor I’ve received is the honor you have bestowed upon me to represent you in the Chicago City Council. As I begin another year as your alderman, I will continue to work hard to justify your confidence.