Chicago aldermanic races 2019: Incumbents Joe Moreno, Joe Moore unseated

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Besides the mayor's race, there were a lot of surprises in the aldermanic races Tuesday night.

Out of 50 wards, only five aldermen were running uncontested. At least 10 will fight to keep their jobs in April's run-off election.


In the 1st Ward, Alderman "Proco" Joe Moreno will be leaving office. Results show Daniel La Spata with a total of more than 60 percent.

"This is about a diverse community," La Spata said. "Diverse in every way that said for themselves we want a different future for our community."

Both La Spata and Moreno had their own issues during their campaigns. There was a photo of La Spata dressed as a banana, which some called racist.

Meanwhile Moreno was investigated for filing a false police report involving his car.

Chicago's 25th Ward Alderman Danny Solis is a step closer to being replaced.

Solis announced he was retiring, just before we learned the FBI was investigating him for allegations of misusing campaign funds.

He then wore a wire to record Alderman Ed Burke during an investigation into Burke's finances.

Byron Sigcho-Lopez and Alex Acevedo will likely face each other in the runoff election.

"This is a big responsibility for the new alderman to make sure that we bring people together with integrity and more importantly with a vision," said Sigcho-Lopez.

"People talk about gentrification, 10,000 families have been displaced, so we have to make sure we are protecting working class families here, but at the same time, making it better for everyone here in the 25th Ward.

Alderman Tom Tunney, whose ward includes Wrigley Field and the Lakeview neighborhood claimed victory in the fight to keep his seat.

The alderman has been in a feud with the Ricketts family over changes around the ballpark, but he retained a clear majority with more than 60 percent of the vote.

If there is a changing face in Chicago's City Council, Andre Vasquez hopes to be it. The 39-year-old forced 40th Ward Alderman Patrick O'Connor into a tight runoff, no small feat given O'Connor's council clout.

The veteran alderman is Mayor Rahm Emanuel's floor leader and the new chairman of the powerful Finance Committee.

O'Connor is one of 10 incumbent aldermen definitely headed to the April runoff.

"It does feel like there is an anti-incumbency wave and some of these runoff candidates are serious players," said David Greising, Better Government Association President.

Vasquez won 20 percent of the vote to O'Connor's 33 percent. Vasquez is running on a platform of government accessibility, transparency and accountability, something he said has been missing under O'Connor's rule.

"We had a pulse that people wanted change and they wanted a functioning government, where they felt like they were behind the steering wheel," Vasquez said.

The need for change drove out other incumbents, 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore is out after 28 years in office.

"I knew it was a tight race, I knew we might come up short, I didn't know we would come up that short," Moore said.

The Rogers Park alderman was once a founding member of the progressive caucus, but recently became one of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's closest allies.

With 64.5% of the vote, Moore was beat by Maria Hadden.

"We wanted an independent progressive voice in the city council and that is not something new, it's part of this community's legacy and I think the incumbent got away from that," Hadden said.

Hadden will become Chicago City Council's first openly gay black woman.

And despite facing a federal charge for attempted extortion, 14th Ward Alderman Ed Burke has claimed victory.
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