Last night in an exercise of Rogers Park-style democracy, 49th Ward residents crowded into a Sullivan High School classroom to learn about participatory budgeting and begin exchanging ideas on the type of infrastructure projects our community needs. Don’t worry if you missed it. You have another chance tonight to get on the “PB49” bandwagon!
Join your neighbors and me for the next Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assembly. It takes place TONIGHT, Tuesday, April 24th, 6:30 p.m. for free pizza courtesy of JB Alberto’s, and 7:00 p.m. for the start of the meeting, at the Paschen Park Fieldhouse, 1932 W. Lunt (just east of Damen).
Each year, I receive over $1 million from the City’s “Aldermanic Menu” program to spend at my discretion on infrastructure improvements in the ward. Nine years ago, I implemented a “participatory budgeting” process in which the residents of my ward decide directly through a popular vote how those tax dollars are spent.
Even if you know how participatory budgeting works, you should attend a Neighborhood Assembly. The Neighborhood Assemblies are where the project ideas for the next year are first devised. It’s also when we recruit volunteers to serve as “community representatives,” who will develop project proposals for the ward-wide vote next fall.
Though I urge you to attend one of the assemblies, I understand you may not be able to due to schedule conflicts, family obligations or other reasons. We still need and want your input.
If you cannot attend one of the assemblies, but have an idea for an infrastructure project to improve our neighborhood, click here. We will submit your idea to the community representatives for their consideration.
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.
Politics has become incredibly ugly and divisive. Here in the 49th Ward, we are showing a different way. We are bringing people from diverse backgrounds together to work for the common good.
Be a part of history. Join us at one of the Neighborhood Assemblies! For a schedule of the remaining assemblies, scroll to the bottom of this post.
Neighborhood Assembly Schedule for Step 1 of the 2018 Participatory Budgeting Process
(Note: Complimentary pizza will be provided at 6:30 p.m. before all evening meetings and coffee and donuts will be provided at 9:30 a.m. before the Saturday, April 28th, morning meeting.)
Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m., Paschen Park Fieldhouse, 1932 W. Lunt
Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m., Gale Community Academy, 1631 W. Jonquil
Monday, April 30, 7 p.m., Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers
Tuesday, May 1, 7 p.m., Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf
Wednesday, May 2, 7 p.m., St. Jerome Church Parish Center, 1709 W. Lunt (Spanish language)