A novel experiment in direct democracy will occur right here in the 49th Ward. Known as Participatory Budgeting, the process will give all 49th Ward residents the right to vote directly on the infrastructure projects that will be funded in our community next year. For a complete description of the 49th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting process, CLICK HERE.
The first step of that process begins this week with the first two Neighborhood Assembly meetings. Residents in two neighborhood areas will meet to learn more about Participatory Budgeting and elect representatives who will be charged with developing infrastructure spending proposals that will be voted on by all 49th Ward residents next spring.
On Tuesday, November 3rd, 7p.m., residents who live in the vicinity of St. Margaret Mary Church (the area bounded by Howard, Touhy, Western and Ridge) will meet at the St. Margaret Mary Activity Center, 7311 N. Claremont.
On Wednesday, November 4th, 7 p.m., residents who live in the vicinity of Pottawattomie Park (the area bounded by Howard, Touhy, Ridge and Clark) will meet at the Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers.
Residents in other areas of the ward will meet later this month and next.
I strongly urge you to attend the neighborhood assembly in your area. However, if that’s not possible, you are free to attend a neighborhood assembly in another area. Most importantly, I urge you to bring your ideas.
FOR A SCHEDULE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSEMBLY MEETINGS, CLICK HERE or scroll to the bottom of this news item.
FOR A MAP OF THE 49TH WARD THAT DELINEATES THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSEMBLY AREAS, CLICK HERE or scroll to the bottom of this news item.
I look forward to seeing you as we start this exciting and path-breaking process.
49TH WARD ASSEMBLY SCHEDULE (see map below for your area)
**All Assemblies Meet at 7PM
Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, St. Margaret Mary Church Activity Center, 7311 N. Claremont (Area B)
Wednesday, Nov. 4th, Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers (Area C)
Monday, Nov. 9th, Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf, 2nd Floor (Area F)
Tuesday, Nov. 17th, New Field School, 1707 W. Morse (Area E)
Wednesday, Nov. 18th, St. Jerome Church Parish Center, 1709 W. Lunt (Spanish language)
Thursday, Nov. 19th, Sherwin Manor Nursing Home, 7350 N. Sheridan (Area D)
Tuesday, Dec. 1st, St. Ignatius Church Parish Center, 6559 N. Glenwood (Area H)
Wednesday, Dec. 2nd, Gale Academy, 1631 W. Jonquil (Area A)
Thursday, Dec. 3rd, United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse, 3rd Floor (Area G)