Chicago alderman denied honor by White House

CHICAGO – The White House decided against honoring a Chicago alderman after learning the official has been accused of an ethics violation.

Joe Moore was scheduled to be recognized Tuesday as part of the president’s Winning the Future Initiative. The initiative throws a spotlight on people and organizations whose accomplishments positively impact communities. Moore is known for allowing district residents to decide how his annual $1 million ward budget is spent.

WMAQ-TV reported White House officials said they became aware of the FBI investigation of Moore shortly before the ceremony.

The FBI spoke with Moore after an inspector general’s report said he fired a staff member for disclosing alleged campaign work done in his aldermanic office and then paid the former employee a severance.

Moore said those allegations are “completely false.”