Meet with your neighbors to decide how to spend $1 million to improve our neighborhood. Attend one of three Neighborhood Assemblies that will be held this week, launching the 2013 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting process in which the residents of my ward vote directly on how to spend $1 million in capital improvement funds.
Tomorrow’s Neighborhood Assembly (Wednesday, October 24) will be held atWillye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard (at Marshfield and Ashland) and Thursday’s meeting (October 25) will be hosted at St. Ignatius Church Holy Name Room, 6559 N. Glenwood
Pizza and refreshments, courtesy of J.B. Alberto’s Pizza, will be served at all meetings beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the meetings will start promptly at 7:00 p.m.
You need attend only one of the meetings and you can go to any meeting in the ward, though Thursday’s meeting at St. Ignatius is conveniently located for those former 40th Ward residents who’ve been remapped into the 49th Ward.
We had two great neighborhood assemblies the week of October 9th. Nearly half the meeting attendees volunteered to serve as “community representatives,” who will work over the next several months to turn the ideas collected for 49th Ward infrastructure projects into a final ballot that will be presented to the voters next spring.
You can be involved as much or as little as your schedule permits, but get involved. Be a part of this history-making democratic process!
Below is the schedule for the remaining Neighborhood Assemblies:
Neighborhood Assembly Schedule
(Note: Complimentary pizza will be provided at 6:30 p.m. before all meetings. The meetings will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.)
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)
I look forward to seeing you at one of the assemblies!
Please join me this Friday, October 26th for “Follow Me on Frightday.” It’s my traditional “Follow Me on Friday” with a Halloween twist, as I support the work of PB49, the 49th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting Initiative. It all takes place this Friday, October 26th, 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., at The Glenwood, 6962 N. Glenwood (between Morse and Lunt).
Come out to preview your Halloween finery–don your costume (or not) and join us at The Glenwood for Halloween treats including food and fun. A $10 donation at the door helps support Participatory Budgeting outreach efforts in the 49th Ward (greater amounts will be gratefully accepted). If you’re shy (or don’t want to hassle with a costume), we’ll provide you with a minimalist costume.
Sponsored by the 49th Ward Participatory Boodget and Finance Committee, proceeds from this event will be used to increase community outreach and participation in our upcoming Participatory Budgeting process where where 49th Ward residents will vote on how to spend my $1 million 2013 ward infrastructure budget. Thousands of residents have voted in the last three elections and we want to get even more people involved this coming year from every sector of our diverse community.
Other than some limited funds, which I am able to donate from my aldermanic expense allowance, the City does not fund our participatory budgeting process. The cost of printing the flyers, ballots and notices to run the election and get the word out must be covered with private donations.
The funds raised from the event and the sale of the PB49 drink will be maintained by the Participatory Budgeting Fiscal Manager, the Rogers Park Business Alliance and monitored by the PB49 Leadership Committee.
For a flier advertising the event, click on the attachment below:
Please feel free to post the flier in your apartment building vestibule or at your local house of worship, club or social organization.