The 1st Ward Office established a Participatory Budgeting program in order to better understand the needs and infrastructure priorities of our residents. PB is a program that seeks to expand democratic practices in Chicago, by using some portion of Aldermanic discretionary infrastructure spending (commonly called “Menu” money) to fund projects created by resident volunteer committees.
The goal is to expand democratic practices with the 1st Ward office, to build resident engagement, to equitably distribute “Menu” money throughout the Ward, and implement projects that meet residents needs. By establishing volunteer committees, an additional goal is that residents will work on different transportation categories, including bicycle infrastructure, green infrastructure, pedestrian safety, and other areas, in addition to the traditional street & alley repaving projects.
Upcoming Virtual Meetings (RSVP email@example.com): Based on initial resident feedback for the 2022 - 2023 PB cycle, residents have suggested having fewer structured meetings. Here are potential meeting dates (updated July 27, 2022; subject to change):
Idea Collection -- Wednesday, August 24, 2022: 6pm
Potential Transition to proposal development -- Wednesday, September 21, 2022: 6pm
Potential Proposal Development Workshops:
Wednesday, October 5, 2022: 6pm
Wednesday, November 2, 2022: 6pm
Wednesday, November 30, 2022: 6pm
List of Other Wards Ideas: Here are the other Ward sites, available from the previous PB round. You can also use this website to see who is currently running PB processes on this platform.
Some of the websites may automatically toggle off "Rejected Ideas", so they are not shown. You can use the navigation panel on the left side of your screen to select "All" ideas, including "Rejected" ideas.