1st Ward's Participatory Budgeting Process
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.