by Harold "Noonie" Ward
The relationship between the hard core street life and the corporate world. One cannot co-exist without the other.
Harold “Noonie” Ward Young Noonie was much like any other kid growing up on Altgeld Garden Housing Projects. His mother was a school teacher and father was head janitor for the complex. Always intrigued by politics since he was a kid, Ward enrolled in Southern Illinois University after high school graduation to study business and play football. But after two years in school, he returned home to Chicago to look after his father.
In addition to returning to Chicago to care for his family, for the past ten years Ward also worked alongside President Barack Obama’s efforts to be an activist in the Altgeld Garden Housing Projects. Ward also played professional football as a free agent for a year with the Los Angeles Rams. But after he put his sports career to the side, he dove into the political arena and ran for alderman of Chicago’s 9th Ward in 2010.
Although he didn’t win the election, he licked his wounds from the small defeat, chalked it all up as a learning experience and began campaigning for the position of Commissioner of the Water Reclamation De- partment. He won in the primary elections, in March 2012, with more than 450,000 votes. However, just because he has worked tirelessly as a public servant for the past 20 years, Noonie has lived
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his share of the street life. He recently released a straight-to-video biopic DVD entitled Gangster with A Heart of Gold: the Noonie G Story, which is narrated by Chicago rap artist Common and multiple Grammy Award-winning rapper/producer Kanye West. The DVD is the story of Noonie’s dicey gangster past of be- ing a high-ranking member of the Gangster Disciples and his ascension into entertainment, business and politics. In addition, he is also readying the release of his autobiography of the same name and has been featured in about 50 magazines, one of which being a cover story in F.E.D.S. magazine.
He is committed to continuing to serve his community for as long as he can. “I’m no angel but I’m a stand -up guy who really wants to see improvements in my community,” Ward admits. How exactly does Harold “Noonie” Ward, a guy who grew up in Chicago’s housing projects, go from running the streets to running for political office with the support of senators, congressmen, super- star celebrities and the people of Cook County alike? “The people see me as them. By me winning, they see themselves winning. They see hope,” an- swers Ward, candidate for Cook County Commissioner of the Water Reclamation Department.
“For the first time, one of theirs made it, a real guy. Everybody is going to vote for me because when they see me, they see their sons, their daughters, their fathers, their mothers.” As Commissioner of the Water Reclamation Department, Ward vows to improve water quality in Cook County, manage flood control and sewage treatment, create jobs for Cook County residents and allow area businesses equal opportunities to bid for county contracts.
A life-long resident of Chicago’s Cook County, Noonie has been giving back to his community for more than two decades. He earned the love of the people working as an activist to educate the youth about crime, drugs and violence. In an effort to speak out against the ills of his community, Ward success- fully organized summits between rival gangs to help them work through their differences in a peaceful manner.
So whether organizing gang truces, voter registration events, toy drives, back-to-school giveaways and stop-the-violence rallies with multi-platinum entertainers T.I., Soulja Boy and Trey Songz or planning for a better tomorrow with the likes of Illinois State Senators Dan Rutherford (R) or Napoleon Harris (D). Harold “Noonie” Ward has earned Chicago’s respect, admiration and support.
“These kids see me with every star from Cee-Lo, Common, Kanye West, Wacka Flocka, Trey Songz to Young Jeezy, so when I say stop the violence in my city, they listen to me,” Ward explains. “Politicians understand me and they’re glad to support me because they believe in my vision.”
Currently,Noonie is running for IL State Representative (Independent) for the 29th District in November 2014.
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