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November 29, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Chicago's hipster alderman is doing something effortlessly cool again - by buying a round of beer for Wicker Park and Bucktown residents. Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno (1st) is hosting his monthly constituent meet-and-greet from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday at sports spot Boundary Tavern and Grille, 1932 W. Division St. Moreno, who has been alderman since March 2010, said he's been hosting these get-togethers since May of last year. "They've been very successful," said Moreno, who has been dubbed the "hipster alderman" because of his love of indie music and bikes.
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August 16, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
The die-hard Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo fan has been spotted belting out Nirvana tunes during karaoke night at Quenchers in Bucktown. Photos of him in the dunk tank at Do-Division are on Facebook. This guy isn't exactly your typical Chicago politician. Forget addressing him as Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno(1 s t ). He tells people to call him simply Joe, his middle name. The title he really covets is "most accessible alderman. " The 40-year-old - who hates any mention of his birthday - is on his way. He tweets regularly, rides with police and hosts a weekend satellite office in a trendy, cyclist-friendly ward...
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August 16, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
The die-hard Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo fan has been spotted belting out Nirvana tunes during karaoke night at Quenchers in Bucktown. Photos of him in the dunk tank at Do-Division are on Facebook. This guy isn't exactly your typical Chicago politician. Forget addressing him as Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno(1 s t ). He tells people to call him simply Joe, his middle name. The title he really covets is "most accessible alderman. " The 40-year-old - who hates any mention of his birthday - is on his way. He tweets regularly, rides with police and hosts a weekend satellite office in a trendy, cyclist-friendly ward...
NEWS
November 29, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Chicago's hipster alderman is doing something effortlessly cool again - by buying a round of beer for Wicker Park and Bucktown residents. Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno (1st) is hosting his monthly constituent meet-and-greet from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday at sports spot Boundary Tavern and Grille, 1932 W. Division St. Moreno, who has been alderman since March 2010, said he's been hosting these get-togethers since May of last year. "They've been very successful," said Moreno, who has been dubbed the "hipster alderman" because of his love of indie music and bikes.
NEWS
September 11, 2013 | Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
While Chicago is known as a bike-friendly city with its protected lanes and bike-sharing program, elected officials are thinking about regulating electric bicycles next. Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) and Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno (1st) introduced an ordinance on Wednesday that defines a low-speed electric bicycle and outlines operating restrictions. Such bicycles would be defined as a two- or three-wheeled devices with pedals and an electric motor of less than one horsepower. The electric bicycles would not fall within the definition of "motor vehicle" or "motor-driven cycle.
NEWS
May 16, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
Chick-fil-A, the restaurant known for its chicken sandwiches and its president's stance on gay marriage, is opening a second location near State and Lake Street. The official opening date for the new location is June 20. While the chain restaurant usually offers its first 100 customers free giveaways on its opening day, Bernard Hendrix--a public relations coordinator for Chick-fil-A--said details on the First 100 event for the new location has not been confirmed. “Because First 100 is such a popular event, people will usually camp out...
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June 26, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
From last month's Met Gala theme to an upcoming karaoke fundraiser in Wicker Park, punk is back in. The First Ward is hosting the Wicker Punk Ball on July 12 at the Double Door to raise money for 826 CHI, a local nonprofit writing and tutoring center. A quarter of the event proceeds will benefit the nonprofit and The Boring Store. The rest will go to the ward political organization. Making a guest appearance will be Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno (1st), also ward committeeman, who plans to hold the mic and sing karaoke with a live band.
NEWS
April 17, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
Owners of the Congress Theater were told Tuesday they need to improve security, work to soundproof the venue and make other changes in the first of at least two more public nuisance hearings. A city attorney on Tuesday told representatives of the Congress Theater in Logan Square they need to improve security, work to soundproof the venue and make other changes in the first of at least two more hearings on the venue. Congress attorney Homero Tristan spoke on behalf of the venue, which has been at the center of a long debate between...
SPORTS
April 18, 2012 | By Mick Swasko and RedEye
A city attorney on Tuesday told representatives of the Congress Theater in Logan Square they need to improve security, work to soundproof the venue and make other changes in the first of at least two more hearings on the venue. Congress attorney Homero Tristan spoke on behalf of the venue, which has been at the center of a long debate between neighbors who say it has caused problems in the area and others who say it has been unfairly targeted. He said the venue has installed additional lighting and surveillance cameras at the venue.
NEWS
July 25, 2012 | RedEye
When Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy said last week he was "guilty as charged" for supporting the biblical definition of marriage as between a man and woman, it sparked a contentious debate. This week, Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno stepped into the fray, saying would block the chain from opening its second Chicago store in Logan Square. His stance drew both support and condemnation among RedEye readers on our Facebook page . Here is a sampling of the comments. "Hell to the no! Don't want them anywhere.
NEWS
August 16, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
RedEye wanted to know what Ald.Proco "Joe" Moreno's day was like. So we followed him around Aug. 9. 7:10 a.m. Runs 4 miles in the ward. Along the route, he points out the new basketball hoops at Wicker Park and the new pedestrian crosswalk signs on Damen Avenue. He mentions the recently opened Emporium Arcade Bar on Milwaukee Avenue and how he got the zoning law changed to allow the arcade to open in the neighborhood as part of a tavern. 9:30 a.m. Checks in at the 2100 block of North Bingham Street where he pays a precinct captain $10 an hour from his own political fund to remove weeds and...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
The Wicker Park neighborhood has public basketball courts, a baseball diamond and has recently increased bike parking. But thus far, fans of bocce, a European lawn game, haven't had designated public courts on which to play. That could change this summer. Justin Arnett-Graham, who works at L2O , and Alex Gara, beverage director at Hot Chocolate , are behind a grassroots push to add two bocce courts at 1944 W. Crystal St. in an empty lot adjacent to an alley. "We've always believed that hospitality should not be contained within the walls of your...
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