Moreno new 1st Ward alderman
Proco “Joe” Moreno will be sworn in April 14 as the new 1st Ward alderman. A 14-year resident of the ward, Moreno is vice president of Buhl Press Inc., a printing company in west suburban Berkeley. He is a leader in the Metropolitan Leadership Institute of the United Neighborhood Organization, a Latino nonprofit group that works with city agencies. UNO has political ties to Mayor Daley, who appointed Moreno alderman on Monday. “He has proven over the years that he can work effectively with the diverse communities of the 1st Ward,” Daley said in a City Hall press conference. Raymond Valadez, chief of staff for Ald. Manuel Flores and a candidate to replace him, will stay on as Moreno's chief of staff. Flores left the 1st Ward post in January to chair the Illinois Commerce Commission. Moreno, 37, has served as a member of the Jose de Diego local school council and on the board of the Humboldt Park Social Services agency. Moreno also lost in a run for the state Senate in 2008. “He also brings with him a great deal of valuable private sector experience. He is a well-rounded person and a committed public servant and I know he will do an excellent job in the Council,” Daley said.