• Alderman Joe Moore

The first lesson I learned about Chicago politics after moving here in 2000: a prerequisite for running for office is to be able to go gloveless while shaking hands at an el stop in the bitter cold of winter. Never having lived in a place with aldermen before and curious about the whole thing, I’d volunteered for Joe Moore up in the 49th Ward and was freezing my ass off at the Morse Red Line stop, handing out leaflets in ridiculous fishnet stockings and a faux leather coat. Afterward Joe and his campaign manager took me out to breakfast at the Heartland Cafe, where over oatmeal with bananas I finally warmed up. We talked baseball, and he subsequently invited me to a Sox game.