Join me for a slice or two of complimentary pizza and a healthy dose of democracy as I launch the 2012-13Participatory Budgeting process with the first of seven “Neighborhood Assemblies.”
As you know, I’m giving the 49th Ward residents the power to decide directly how to spend $1 million of the ward’s “menu money”–discretionary funds I receive annually for infrastructure improvements in the 49th Ward. TheNeighborhood Assemblies will provide a review of this year’s process and an explanation of the type of projects that are eligible for funding. You will then have an opportunity to weigh in with your thoughts on specific infrastructure projects you would like to see completed in the ward.
Tonight’s assembly (Monday, October 8th) will take place at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf (at the Lake), 2nd Floor. Free pizzacourtesy of JB Alberto’s will be provided at 6:30 p.m. and the assembly will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.
The next assembly will take place on Wednesday, October 10th, at the Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers (just west of Clark). Once again, pizza will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Each assembly will be identical in content, so you need attend only one of the assemblies. If neither assembly date this week is convenient for you, five other assemblies will be held this month, including a Spanish-language assembly.
Pick the day and location that is most convenient for you and bring your appetite. Free pizza courtesy of JB Alberto’s will be provided at every Neighborhood Assembly beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the meetings will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.
For a schedule of all seven assembly meetings CLICK HERE, or scroll to the bottom of this email.
I’ll be operating this year’s participatory budgeting initiative under the new 49th Ward map, which will soon go into effect. I invite all my new constituents who formerly lived in the 40th Ward, but now live in the 49th, to become active in the participatory budgeting process.
To view a copy of the new ward map, CLICK HERE or scroll to the bottom of this email.
For more detailed information on how Participatory Budgeting works 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 at https://www.ward49.com/participatory-budgeting.
Finally, the 49th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting process has received national recognition. NPR’s Weekend Edition is just the latest to feature “PB49”. To listen to the six and one-half minute report and read the accompanying story, visit:
Join me at one of the Neighborhood Assemblies and help make history!
(Note: Complimentary pizza will be provided at 6:30 p.m. before all meetings. The meetings will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.)
Monday, Oct. 8, Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf, 2nd Floor
Wednesday, Oct. 10, Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers
Tuesday, Oct. 23, Paschen Park Fieldhouse, 1932 W. Lunt
Wednesday, Oct. 24, Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard
Thursday, Oct. 25, St. Ignatius Church Holy Name Room, 6559 N. Glenwood
Monday, Oct. 29, United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse, 3rd Floor
Tuesday, Oct. 30, St. Jerome Church Parish Center, 1709 W. Lunt (Spanish language)
Below is a copy of the new 49th Ward map (courtesy of community activist, Kyle Hillman). The red lines represent the current boundaries. The shaded peach area with the green border represents the new boundaries.