Joseph Mario Moreno
Alderman Proco Joe Moreno
Yes the name ‘Joe’ Moreno has been in the news recently. Alderman Proco Joe Moreno. He is from the area I ran around as a child a lifetime ago. I figured what are the odds two thugs with that name from Cook County are not related. So all week I’ve been trying to find out. But if you were related to Joseph Mario Moreno would you admit it or wipe it from the internet?
I know someone who was instrumental in busting Joe Moreno. So soon as I heard this alderman’s name, from my old hood, bells went off.
Proco Joe Moreno (born May 19, 1972) was appointed, to replace Manny Flores, as Chicago’s 1st Ward Alderman by Mayor Richard M. Daley on March 26, 2010. Moreno was born in Moline, IL and moved to Chicago after graduating from Augustana College. His father is Mexican and his mother is from Moline, Illinois. His Mexican Grandfather received citizenship after he fought in World War II and jumped on D-Day. * His father is Mexican & mother ???
On Joseph Mario Moreno Moreno earned his law degree from DePaul University College of Law. Like he has no family. Prior to his election as a commissioner, Moreno worked for the Chicago Attorney General’s Office as Special Assistant to the Attorney General. He also served on the Committee on Financing for the Secretary of State’s Office.
He not only lost the election to the since-convicted Loren-Maltese, he ended up getting arrested along the way. He was pulled over on drunken driving charges in Cicero in 2000 during the campaign, an arrest he said was nothing more than a political dirty trick.
Moreno, 59, grew up on the Southwest Side, but moved to Cicero to run for town president. He has since moved back to Chicago. Very interesting insight:
A loyal Machine Democrat, Moreno was an old school politician
* Indicted Joe We have no biography on file
* Loving grandmother of Joseph Mario (no Proco) From his mother’s obituary
Everything I’ve found is either about Chick fil A or a liberal link. No link on Proco.
The most enlightening link was Ald. Proco (Joe) Moreno supported Joe Moreno’s Opponent, Joseph Berrios. Wouldn’t you know it, at this point most of the post disappeared in my editor. Being used to this a few times a week, I was able to quickly recover it. Which leads me to believe…
So JUST repeated dead ends. Understand the only reason I tried to make a connection between these two is to show the nepotism in Cook County corruption.~ JP
Which brings me to the indictment from the FBI Today:
CHICAGO—Two former local public officials and five businessmen who were arrested last month on public corruption charges were formally indicted today for allegedly participating in one or more corruption schemes. A federal grand jury returned indictments against former Cook County Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno, former Chicago Alderman Ambrosio Medrano, and six others that mirror the charges filed last month in criminal complaints. One of the defendants is a businessman charged for the first time for allegedly engaging in an extortion scheme with Moreno during his tenure as an elected public official.
Between March 2008 and July 2009, Moreno and Garcia allegedly conspired to extort a company that won a county contract to force it to use Garcia’s company as a minority subcontractor.
The indictments also allege the following bribery schemes that were charged last month:
* an alleged effort by Moreno, Medrano, and two Chicago area businessmen to use bribery and kickbacks to sell bandages to public hospitals, including Cook County’s John H. Stroger Hospital;
* an alleged effort by Medrano and two other businessmen, including the owner of a Nebraska-based provider of prescription drug services that claims 11 million subscribers, to use bribery and kickbacks to obtain business from an unnamed out-of-state hospital system; and
* Moreno’s alleged acceptance of $5,000 as part of a bribe to ensure development of a waste transfer station in suburban Cicero while he sat on a town economic development panel.
A 10-count indictment returned today alleges that Moreno, a Cook County commissioner for 16 years until 2010. Moreno, also known as “Mario Moreno,” 59, of Chicago, was charged with three counts of bribery, two counts of wire fraud, and one count each of extortion and conspiracy to commit extortion. Medrano, 58, of Chicago, was charged with two counts of wire fraud and one count each of bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery. Moreno and Medrano were both released on secured bonds following their arrests last month.
So Proco goes by Joe, Joe goes by Mario. Both using their ‘middle’ names. Geesh. Ah, he does have a wife!
The new allegations regarding Moreno and Garcia state that Garcia provided Moreno and his wife with a $100,000 home mortgage loan in July 2007. In November 2007, Cook County requested bids on a contract to assist county health facilities in reducing costs and increasing revenue. Company A submitted a bid that proposed using Garcia’s Chicago Medical company as a minority subcontractor, which was supported by Moreno. Company B submitted a bid that proposed using minority subcontractors but did not include Chicago Medical.
Moreno and Garcia allegedly conspired to use Moreno’s influence as a commissioner to take actions adverse to Company B’s attempts to obtain and maintain the county contract unless Company B used Chicago Medical as a subcontractor for that contract. During the time that Moreno allegedly was pressuring Company B, Garcia released the $100,000 mortgage even though Moreno had not fully repaid the loan. As a result of Moreno’s and Garcia’s actions, Company B paid Chicago Medical approximately $460,000, according to the indictment.
The indictment seeks forfeiture of approximately $100,000 from Moreno. The charges in the indictments carry the following maximum penalties on each count: wire fraud, extortion, and extortion conspiracy—20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine; bribery—10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine; and conspiracy to commit bribery—five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The court may also impose a fine on the wire fraud counts totaling twice the loss to any victim or twice the gain to the defendant, whichever is greater. If convicted, the court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.
* Joe Mario was also linked to a bribe scheme involving the sale of bandages to Stroger Hospital and other public hospitals, authorities alleged. BRIBERY SCANDAL INVOLVING COOK COUNTY STROGER HOSPITAL
* Note the ‘Back of the Yards’ Dist where Joe Mario came from (The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council) was founded in 1939 by Joseph Meegan, Saul Alinsky, supporting clergy, business owners, union officials,> and residents, the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC), located at 1751 W. 47th Street in Chicago
~ JUST Sayin’…
Joseph Mario Moreno Board Member