The next phase of participatory budgeting in Chicago's 49th Ward kicks off this weekend.
Ward residents can check out what projects have been proposed for their neighborhood as part of the participatory budgeting process, through which community members vote to decide how to spend $1 million in aldermanic "menu money" for infrastructure needs.
There will be three upcoming participatory budgeting project expos in the 49th Ward.
At the expos, residents can "hear directly from five different neighborhood committees about the projects they're proposing for inclusion on the ballot," Ald. Joe Moore's (49th) office said in an email to constituents. "Each committee will give a short presentation on its project proposals, and you will be invited to offer your feedback and suggestions afterwards on each table."
Here are the dates, times and locations of the 49th Ward's project expos, as provided by Moore's office:
- Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m., Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark.
- Tuesday, March 22, 7 p.m., Sullivan High School, 6631 N. Bosworth (betweetn Albion and North Shore).
- In addition, a Spanish Language Project Expo will be held Monday, March 21, 7 p.m., Pottawattomie Park, 7340 North Rogers Avenue west of Clark Street.
Moore has used participatory budgeting in his North Side ward annually since 2009, making him the first elected official in Chicago -- and the country -- to implement the process. Participatory budgeting, which was developed in Brazil in 1989, has since been expanded to other Chicago wards and U.S. cities.
According to PB Chicago, which works to facilitate and expand the ward-based budgeting tool in the city, there are seven other Chicago wards taking part in participatory budgeting this cycle. They include the 10th, 17th, 29th, 31st, 35th, 36th and 45th wards.