Born in Chicago in 1958 and raised in Oak Lawn and Evanston, Joe Moore has lived in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood since 1980. Moore received his bachelor’s degree from Knox College and his law degree from DePaul University. He was first elected to the City Council in 1991 and has been re-elected fives times. Under his leadership, the 49th Ward was selected as one of the first areas of the city to host a community policing pilot project. More recently, Moore was the first elected official to bring “participatory budgeting” to the United States.
A life-long Chicago resident, Dan Gordon is an active community organizer in the Rogers Park neighborhood. In 2007, he ran for alderman in the 49th Ward and faced Joe Moore in a run-off election in which he lost. An author and adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University, Gordon received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University and his master’s degree in project management from Keller GSM. As alderman, Gordon would push for an elected school board, a moratorium on TIFs and ending the privatization of public resources.