Today is the first day you can vote in our Participatory Budgeting process. Election Day is Saturday, April 10th, but if you’re going to be out of town or otherwise occupied that day, you can VOTE EARLY starting today at my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis) during regular office hours, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Wednesday open to 7 p.m.).
If you need to vote early or would like to do some research ahead of time, all the project proposals are listed on my participatory budgeting website:
The projects listed were suggested, vetted, and ultimately selected to be placed on the ballot by 49th Ward residents. Click on each project and you will find a detailed description of the proposal written by the community residents who are advocating for it. The description also contains photos and maps where applicable.
To get a complete understanding of the proposed projects, however, and also to witness first-hand the truly incredible work you and your neighbors have put into this exciting new process, I strongly encourage you to attend one of the three rounds of oral presentations of the project proposals to be held on Election Day at 10 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark St.
Each round should last about 30 minutes and will include presentations from all of the committees. In addition, all the projects will have displays that will be posted throughout the room, and the community representatives will be available to take questions and discuss their projects continuously throughout the day. We will also have a PowerPoint presentation of the projects running continuously, for those of you who prefer that mode of presentation.
Finally, if you haven’t yet had an opportunity to view it, take a look at this excellent seven minute video produced by two filmmakers who’ve been chronicling the 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Process from the beginning. It provides a real flavor for what we’ve been trying to accomplish:
See you at the polls!