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This ex-alderman was once a housing and real estate watchdog. Now he’s in the business

Former Chicago alderman Joe Moore

Former Chicago alderman Joe Moore

What’s the former chairman of the Chicago City Council’s committee on housing and real estate to do after he gets swept out of office? Get into the real estate industry.

Former Alderman Joe Moore has joined Diliberto Real Estate Services, according to Crain’s.

Moore was one of a collection of council members ousted by a group of self-described Democratic Socialists who won the February 2019 election with a campaign platform of “housing for all.”

Moore will serve as the Palos Heights-based real estate firm’s national director for its Municipal Economic Services Group.

Moore spent 28 years on the Chicago City Council, representing Rogers Park, after years working as a city attorney.

In his last election race, Moore faced scrutiny for his close relationship with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who appointed him to run the Council’s Committee on Housing and Real Estate, as well as his history of campaign contributions from real estate developers.

His opponent, Maria Hadden — who ended up defeating him — said she would not take any donations from developers.

According to Crain’s, when Moore was asked whether his new role validated criticism that he had been too close to the real-estate industry, he responded: “You know what? I don’t care what they say anymore. They can say whatever they want.” [Crain’s]Sylvia Varnham O’Regan

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