After another week of offensive and juvenile tweets from the President of the United States, isn’t it time to reaffirm what democracy should really look like?
You may ask yourself, didn’t we just vote in a Participatory Budgeting election?
In fact we did. This past May, 49th Ward residents turned out in record numbers to decide how to spend the 49th Ward’s 2017 “Aldermanic Menu” capital budget. For the results of that vote, click here.
Going forward, the Mayor’s Office of Budget and Management is asking all aldermen to submit their annual Aldermanic Menu requests much earlier in the year (no later than January) to ensure as many of our requests as possible get fulfilled in the same calendar year they are submitted.
To comply with the Budget office’s new timetable, the Participatory Budgeting Leadership Committee (which consists of neighborhood residents who oversee the PB process) and I changed the PB49 calendar from its traditional November-May cycle to a July-October cycle. This will enable us to submit our Ward’s Aldermanic Menu requests well ahead of the budget office’s January 2018 deadline.
As a result, we are ready to embark on the Participatory Budgeting process for the 49th Ward’s 2018 Aldermanic Menu capital budget. Next week, I will host five “Neighborhood Assemblies” (four in English and one in Spanish) throughout the 49th Ward.
The first assembly takes place Monday, July 10th, 7:00 p.m. (complimentary pizza served at 6:30 p.m.) at Sullivan High School, 6631 N. Bosworth (use the main entrance in the middle of the block). If you can’t make this assembly, there are four more to choose from. The meetings will be identical in content, so you need to attend only one:
- Tuesday, July 11, 7:00 p.m., St. Jerome’s Church, 1709 W. Lunt (Spanish language)
- Wednesday, July 12, 7:00 p.m., Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers
- Thursday, July 13, 7:00 p.m., Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf
- Saturday, July 15, 10:00 a.m., Wyllie White Park Fieldhouse, 1611 W. Howard
Attend one of these meetings and learn how the process works and give your input on the types of projects you believe should be funded in the 49th Ward. The meetings will be identical in content, so you need attend only one of the meetings.
Pick the day and location that is most convenient for you and bring your appetite. Pizza and refreshments courtesy of JB Alberto’s Pizza will be served at 6:30 p.m. before the evening Neighborhood Assemblies. Coffee and donuts will be served at 9:30 a.m. before the Saturday morning session.
Even if you know how participatory budgeting works, you should attend a Neighborhood Assembly. The Neighborhood Assemblies are where the project ideas for next year are first devised. It’s also when we ask for volunteers to serve as “community representatives,” who will be charged with developing project proposals for the ward-wide vote this October.
If you would like to serve as a community representative, but are out of town next week or otherwise cannot attend any of next week’s meetings, simply reply to this email and let us know you would like to serve.
We will be considering only proposals for projects that fall within the boundaries of the 49th Ward. View a copy of the 49th ward map.
If you would like more information on participatory budgeting in the 49th Ward, including the participatory budgeting election results and updates on the implementation of the winning projects, visit the Participatory Budgeting page of my website.
The 49th Ward was the first political jurisdiction in the nation to adopt a participatory budgeting approach to public spending, and it’s been so well-received that I have pledged to make it a permanent fixture in the ward.
Let’s show the world what real democracy looks like. Join us at one of the Neighborhood Assemblies!