ENDORSEMENT: Proco ‘Joe’ Moreno for 1st Ward alderman

SHARE ENDORSEMENT: Proco ‘Joe’ Moreno for 1st Ward alderman

1st Ward Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno acknowledges suggesting the services of political powerbroker and lawyer Victor Reyes but denied any quid pro quo. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Near Northwest Side

Four years ago, we endorsed Proco “Joe” Moreno for re-election but said he can be an annoying guy, and we’re doing it again. Moreno has been a leader in pushing for affordable housing, and he was the force behind an ordinance that requires employers to give part-time employees paid sick days. In today’s gig economy, the ordinance was a small victory for fast-food workers and coffeehouse baristas. One of Moreno’s opponents, Daniel La Spata, recently produced a Friends of the Parks report that claims, based on dubious research, that there are significant racial disparities in park district services. His work was not convincing. We’ll repeat the advice we offered Moreno four years ago: Dial it down, man. No, that woman should not have parked in the bike lane back in June, but flashing your goofy alderman’s badge and yelling at her was silly. Also, a story broke on Tuesday that the police are looking into whether Moreno filed a false report involving a stolen car. We’ll all just have to keep an eye on that one.



Send letters to: letters@suntimes.com 

The Latest
He will have to address the growing notion that investing in long-neglected South and West side neighborhoods comes at the expense of downtown and the North Side.
A Northwestern University poll on the Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas contest for mayor finds Latino voters are still “up for grabs” while race and a generational divide are also key factors in the election.
Only 3% of ballots cast on Feb. 28 came from youth voters. So what’s the deal? “It’s obvious to me that young people in that city don’t feel empowered by their governance,” said Della Volpe, author of “Fight: How Gen Z is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America.”
Michael McClain speaks in-person with Fidel Marquez: “Don’t put anything in writing.”
Video gamers are now able to venture into a storyline mode involving eight Negro League legends through the game, which was released Tuesday.