Don’t forget, Election Day is tomorrow (Saturday, April 10th). Polls will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Your polling place is at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark Street (across from Touhy Park).
Be a part of history and vote in the first ever Participatory Budgeting election in the United States, where the voters themselves decide directly how to spend their tax dollars!
Thirty-six proposed projects will be on the ballot. These are projects developed, researched and proposed by your neighbors, not by politicians or bureaucrats. And it will be you and your neighbors, not City Hall, who decide which projects will move forward.
Information on all 36 proposed projects will be on display throughout the day at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, and special oral presentations on the projects will be offered at 10 a.m., 12 Noon and 2 p.m.
For additional resources to help you make an educated vote, click on the links below:
If you can’t vote Saturday, vote early today (Friday) at my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis). My office will be open until 6:00 p.m.
Finally, on the eve of this historic vote, join me for a special look at the origin and history of Participatory Budgeting: “Militants and Citizens: The History of Participatory Budgeting,” is a lecture and discussion by two of the foremost experts in the Participatory Budgeting movement. The event takes place TONIGHT (Friday, April 9th), 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., at the Mess Hall Gallery, 6932 N. Glenwood (just south of the Morse Red Line stop).
Joining us will be Josh Lerner and Brown University Professor Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Co-Directors of theParticipatory Budgeting Project, a resource group that worked with me and 49th Ward residents to design and implement our Participatory Budgeting model. Josh and Gianpaolo will share their insights and extensive experiences on this worldwide movement.
If I don’t see you tonight, I’ll see you at the polls on Saturday!
P.S. Check your e-mail in-box this weekend. I will announce the results of Saturday’s vote by e-mail. I will also post the results on the home page of my web site, www.ward49.com, and in the front window of my 49th Ward Service Office at 7356 N. Greenview.