With the Aldermanic elections coming up next week, we voters in the 49th Ward will soon decide if we are ready for change.

One need only look back at the last Presidential election to know that “change for the
sake of change” is not always a prudent course.

Maria Hadden is running a strong campaign, acknowledging that Alderman Moore has done some good things, yet contending that now is the time for new leadership.

For those of you who remain undecided, now might be a good time to take a pause and consider whether our Ward would truly be better off with a new Alderman.

Alderman Moore’s seniority in the City Council is a huge asset for the 49th Ward and Chicago

Let’s consider the dismal state of Chicago finances – pension liability and all. Without question, our new City Council will be operating in an atmosphere with tight budgets, and Aldermen will be scrambling, making sure that they can deliver scarce resources for their Wards.

If Alderman Moore wins another term, he will be among the top three aldermen with seniority.
With many years of experience and knowledge of the workings of City Hall, such experience can offer a boon for our Ward.

With the financial challenges that our city faces, we need elected officials with seniority who understand the complexities of the issues – realizing that solutions that might sound attractive often can result in unintended consequences. Alderman Moore appreciates the complexities of challenging problems facing the city, and realizes that the correct answer is not always politically popular.

With tenure on the City Council, Alderman Moore realizes the complexity of the issues that the City faces, and how they are inner connected. Approaches to problems dealing with budgeting impact education, which impact public safety, which impact housing, which impacts job creation. There are no miracle cures – and given that there will be a new mayor and many new City Council members, we are served by having someone with seniority and an appreciation of the seriousness and complexity of the problems that the City faces.

Given his years of experience, Alderman Moore knows how to get things done

One terrific example is the Levy Home on Sherwin. Last Summer, I toured the building when it was on the market, and was told that there were no rental restrictions in place – and that all apartments could be repurposed. I felt uncomfortable seeing these seniors comfortably residing in their homes – and though the existing provider was offering to relocate them to the suburbs, I questioned the impact of a sale on these valued residents.

Given the wealth of his contacts, and his status as Chairman of the Housing & Real Estate Committee, Alderman Moore was able to arrange for the CHA to purchase the building and keep these seniors in their homes.

Years of experience means something and can make a difference, as happened in this instance.

Alderman Moore ‘s staff knows how to do their jobs

Given Alderman Moore’s position as a Committee Chair and his seniority, he is afforded the luxury of having six full-time staff members, rather than the three that a new alderman would likely have.

Alderman Moore’s staff is hard working, talented and deeply committed to maintaining quality service to constituents. More important – they know how to do their jobs, and they don’t need to learn how to navigate the complex web that is City Hall.

With twice the staff size, and with their levels of experience, Alderman Moore’s office is well equipped to handle constituent needs, whether it is a pothole repair, tree limb removal, procurement of a business license or a range of other requests that come into the office daily. Among Alderman Moore’s staff is a competent staff person who devotes a considerable amount of time assuring that the Participatory Budgeting process runs smoothly..

Alderman Moore is committed to doing his job the right way, even if unpopular

When I first got involved in this community in 1992, the neighborhood was not doing well. Many buildings were owned by undercapitalized property owners, and, in some instances, by slumlords. Drug dealing and crime was persistent. Nearly all of the schools were deeply challenged, and the business climate was quite poor.

Many of us who were property owners were hesitant to even describe our neighborhood as “Rogers Park” because of the negative connotation associated with the name.

Alderman Moore has had to make many difficult decisions over the years, and he has navigated us competently – heeding the needs of those seeking affordable living opportunities, yet also encouraging and supporting responsible development.

Rogers Park continues to be a home for our country’s newest residents, and our community retains an energetic diversity reflected in many ways: racial, ethnic, religious, economic, gender identity, age, etc.

Under Alderman Moore’s leadership, the community continues to evolve as a safe (third lowest crime rate among the city’s Police Districts), dynamic and exciting place to live, work and play.

With Alderman Moore, we have an experienced and competent leader who might be best suited to take us through the next four years – in what undoubtedly will be challenging times.

Experience does count and is vitally important at a time when there exists such grave issues plaguing the City. I encourage you to vote to re-elect Alderman Joe Moore.

Michael Glasser

Mike is a long time Rogers Park resident, and is actively involved in a number or local organizations. He presently serves as President of the Rogers Park Builders Group, North Side Community Development Corporation and the newly formed “Friends of Sullivan.” Previously, Mike was an eight year Board member of Family Matters, and he co-founded the Rogers Park Business and Artists Networking Group (RP BizArts), which, for fifteen years, hosted monthly networking meetings for businesses and artists throughout the Ward.