Stanley Moore

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Stanley Moore

Cook County, 4th District Commissioner (2013-)

A native Chicagoan and member of Ald. Howard Brookins' 21st Ward Democratic Ward Organization, Moore was appointed Cook County Commissioner when William Beavers went to federal prison in 2013. Moore began his political career as Legislative Budget Analyst for Illinois Senate President Emil Jones, Jr., providing research for the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Moore has held several government and non-profit positions, including as project director with the Cook County Office Capital Planning and Policy, Division Director of the United Way of Chicago, Assistant Area Development Director of the United Negro College Fund, Director of Development at Henry Booth House, and as the Director with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Moore’s time at IDOT eventually landed him in hot water and nearly cost him his appointment to the Commissioner position.

Moore was fined $3,000 by the State Ethics commission for campaigning during work time at IDOT. He was running for State Representative in 2008, challenging Monique Davis. Moore and other co-workers, including his campaign manager Gilbert Villegas (now the 36th Ward Alderman), were allegedly misusing IDOT time for campaign purposes. After losing to Davis in the primary, an inspector general’s report found Moore had clocked in at IDOT, but left to do campaign work three times. Moore denied any wrongdoing, saying he just didn’t have the money to refute the allegations and that his exit from IDOT had nothing to do with the investigation. He paid the $3,000 ethics fine just before the selection committee met to make its decision.

The Fourth District includes all or parts of the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 18th, and 21st Wards in the City of Chicago as well as some or all of Lansing, Calumet City, South Holland, Burnham, Dolton, and Evergreen Park in suburban Cook County. The selection committee included Ald. Roderick Sawyer, Ald. Natashia Holmes, Ald. Michelle Harris, Ald. Anthony Beale, Ald. John Pope, Ald. Howard Brookins Jr., Ald. Carrie Austin, then-18th Ward Democratic Committeemen Derrick Curtis and Thornton Township Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli.

Twelve candidates applied for Beavers’ position after he was sentenced to federal prison in 2013, including former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger.

Brookins, as the Democratic Committeeman with the biggest weighted vote, had the opportunity to slot in his man, and did. "I have known Stanley for over 10 years and he has always been a person of good character. And I am confident he can do the job," Brookins told reporters at the time. Brookins also implied State Sen. Donne Trotter, a relative of Moore’s, had significant sway in the proceedings. Moore and Trotter now share an office space.

Moore has been otherwise politically quiet in office. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Illinois Masonic Lodge, and attends Third Baptist Church. He currently resides in the Washington Heights community with his wife Lisa and daughters Alexis and Tyler, and operates a restaurant, Judy’s Grill, inside the Wal-Mart superstore in the 21st Ward.

Important Political Events

  • 2013, Appointed Cook County Commissioner by Democratic Committeemen, replacing William Beavers
  • 2014, Elected Cook County Commissioner


  • Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.), Political Science and Government, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale ‘94
  • Business Administration and Management, Bradford College ‘89