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Alderman behaving badly

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019

* To get the full flavor, you really should watch the video

Chicago Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno said his car was stolen. In fact, he filed a police report last month declaring the alleged theft.

Now, Moreno says it was all just a big misunderstanding.

WGN’s Meghan Dwyer spoke to the woman behind the wheel — a single mother who said she was shocked to be arrested after Moreno loaned her the car.

* More

Moreno chalked it all up to a misunderstanding.

“The car is not crashed. The car is in perfect condition,” Moreno said. “She’s a friend of mine. We dated for a while. She’s a single mom. I was trying to help out. She was down on her luck and needed a car. That’s end of conversation.”

Moreno was asked if he was trying to falsify a police report.

“It’s political season. I get it. You throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. This is something that is absolutely, 100 percent false,” Moreno said. “Absolutely not. I did exactly what I was supposed to do.”

* Uh-oh…



Man, Chicago is truly crazy-town these days.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

43 Comments »
  1. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:08 pm:

    ===She’s a friend of mine. We dated for a while. She’s a single mom. I was trying to help out. She was down on her luck and needed a car. That’s end of conversation.===

    I have a feeling that the conversation is just getting started.


  2. - A guy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:10 pm:

    Help find the ProcoJoeMobile…
    Wait, nevermind.
    You can identify the thief easily. She has the keys, the remote starter, and the fob to unlock it.


  3. - Just Me 2 - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:10 pm:

    These days?


  4. - Responsa - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:11 pm:

    LOL Ald. Moreno “ubadee ubadee ubadee.”


  5. - NIU Grad - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:12 pm:

    Like…I feel like this is the way it has always been and now it’s just being exposed more?


  6. - Michelle Flaherty - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:12 pm:

    It’s either a false police report
    or
    a really messy breakup


  7. - Responsa - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:13 pm:

    So this is what he did when his wife said, “Honey, where’s our car”?


  8. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:13 pm:

    Bill Daley’s proposal to shrink the City Council to 15 from 50 is a must. These aldermen are truly a bunch of corrupt individuals.


  9. - Suburbanon - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:13 pm:

    Date Moreno, get a car. Ahhh. The good life of a Chicago Alderman.


  10. - Perrid - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:14 pm:

    So many questions. Was he just being forgetful? Was he vindictive for some reason?


  11. - QuimbysSash - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:22 pm:

    I suppose it could be worse for him. Then again, may be the next alderman “on the wire” is Proco Joe.


  12. - PJ - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:22 pm:

    I don’t know enough about other major cities: are Chicago’s aldermen unique in their comically inept small-time criminality? Does this happen in other municipal governments? I really feel like we’re special.


  13. - City Zen - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:23 pm:

    Get out of my ward, get into my car.


  14. - Fax Machine - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:27 pm:

    That’s Tribune-endored Alderman Joe Moreno, buddy


  15. - Anon - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:31 pm:

    If he asked for the car back and she did not return the car or refused to return the car, that is theft.

    That’s a really low bar to establish for a defense of the charge of filing a false report.


  16. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:33 pm:

    Joe a R or a D?


  17. - Montrose - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:34 pm:

    Advisor: Joe, the newspapers are saying you sent work to Reyes in return for donations. It’s less than a month before the election. I don’t know how things could look worse for you.

    Moreno: Hold my beer.


  18. - DuPage Saint - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:34 pm:

    Just as Alderman Solis wanted I hope this alderman got a happy ending


  19. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:35 pm:

    To be fair, who among us hasn’t occasionally misplaced a three-year old Audi or a 35-year old blonde?

    – MrJM


  20. - Responsa - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:38 pm:

    Not his first rodeo with the police. Remember less than a year ago when Joe was accused of impersonating a police officer by flashing his aldermanic badge?

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-alderman-impersonating-police-officer-investigation-20180619-story.html


  21. - PJ - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:39 pm:

    ==If he asked for the car back and she did not return the car or refused to return the car, that is theft.==

    My understanding is that their text exchanges were given to WGN, and nothing in there indicates he was trying to get it back. He was apparently sending flirty texts a day before he made the report.


  22. - Delimma - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:39 pm:

    So, an ex borrowed his car, then likely refused to bring it back until the police got involved. He doesn’t want her arrested, and he’s the bad guy?


  23. - A guy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:40 pm:

    More likely I would misplace a 35 year Audi and a 3 year old blonde.


  24. - A guy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:42 pm:

    She was “down on her luck”, so I tried to have her arrested to help her out?


  25. - NIU Grad - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:44 pm:

    “It’s either a false police report
    or
    a really messy breakup”

    I think the point is that it was both. A messy breakup and he filed a police report to arrest her for petty reasons.


  26. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:45 pm:

    ==Delimma - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:39 pm:==

    Apparently you did not watch the report as Rich suggested?


  27. - Rutro - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:49 pm:

    This does not get better for the Alderman.


  28. - Regular democrat - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:55 pm:

    Proco joe had to sign a misdemeanor complaint in order for the police to arrest her. There is a lot more to the story for sure


  29. - Anon Coward - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 3:58 pm:

    WGN’s segment was [chef kiss.gif]
    https://wgntv.com/2019/02/04/a-chicago-alderman-a-stolen-car-and-the-single-mother-he-claims-he-was-trying-to-help/


  30. - JoanP - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 4:07 pm:

    =Proco joe had to sign a misdemeanor complaint in order for the police to arrest her. =

    Not so. The police can arrest someone if they have reasonable grounds to believe the person has committed or is committing an offense. There is no requirement that the complainant sign anything.

    Hrabar was driving a car that was reported stolen. That’s reasonable grounds.


  31. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 4:13 pm:

    Proco “CooCoo” Joe Moreno


  32. - twowaystreet - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 4:50 pm:

    I’m not sure why Moreno didn’t just go arrest her himself with his alderman badge.


  33. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 4:56 pm:

    Living in Chicago for my life which is well over 50 years, nothing surprises me. This is nothing compared to other things Aldermen have done.


  34. - steve - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 5:27 pm:

    Alderman Moreno might have bigger problems than this in the coming months.


  35. - Jocko - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 5:40 pm:

    ==She’s a friend of mine.==

    I believe the correct term is ‘friend with benefits’


  36. - Huh? - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 5:49 pm:

    Would like to be a fly on the wall when the alderman gets home tonight.

    SO - so honey when the car going to be ready at the shop?

    Moreno - well about that, I reported the car stolen last month.

    SO - oh I heard a story on the radio this afternoon. Something about a blond woman was arrested driving a stolen Audi.

    Moreno - oh I don’t know anything about that.

    SO - the report said she was your girlfriend.

    Moreno - ah ah ah


  37. - 44th - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 5:57 pm:

    Wow these arrogant princelings, laws don’t apply to them. sooo important, all 50 of them. Eat at the taxpayer’s trough at all ends, free tickets to anything they want, park anywhere, etc. ugh.


  38. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 6:22 pm:

    –Joe a R or a D?–

    Joe Ricketts is a R. An big-time, big-money R.

    Alderman don’t run in partisan elections.


  39. - Rehab - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 6:51 pm:

    Proco Joe has demonstrated very irrational and Bizzarre behavior. I just wonder if there are issues that he might be dealing with that a good therapist could assist


  40. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 7:00 pm:

    Proco is known to drink a lot.


  41. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 7:46 pm:

    Moreno is a strange dude. Sought to ban Chik-fil-a restaurants. Formerly dated Susana Mendoza, but she wised up.


  42. - Sonny - Tuesday, Feb 5, 19 @ 9:31 pm:

    The worst is yet to come for this toad.


  43. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Feb 6, 19 @ 7:21 am:

    When is Jerry Springer returning to Channel 5’s news? This story needs him.


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