How would you spend $1 Million to Improve Your Neighborhood?

How would you spend $1 Million to Improve Your Neighborhood?

Come to a neighborhood assembly to share your ideas and help decide how to spend YOUR tax dollars.

Every year, each alderman is allocated $1.3 million in Aldermanic Menu funds — yes, there is literally a menu to spend on infrastructure.  In most wards, this money is allocated by the alderman, with varying degrees of input from city departments, staff, and residents. The 45th Ward, however, uses a process called participatory budgeting to give power to its residents to make real decisions that affect their lives.

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Share your ideas to improve the 45th Ward at a neighborhood assembly!

Share your ideas to improve the 45th Ward at a neighborhood assembly!

Beginning May 4, we will host five (5) neighborhood assemblies where we will gather infrastructure improvement ideas from stakeholders. Past ideas have included pedestrian refuge islands, the Independence Park playground, and bike lanes along Milwaukee.

Please help me reach as many residents as possibleby sharing this flyer with your networks.
Feel free to contact my at ward45@cityofchicago.org with questions, concerns, or ideas.

We look forward to working with you to improve the 45th Ward!

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PB45 – The 2015 Results Are In

PB45 – The 2015 Results Are In

This week, 447 people voted in our participatory budgeting process, deciding on what projects would be funded through the Neighborhood Capital Infrastructure Program, also known as aldermanic menu money. Voting ended at 3 pm today.

Voters decided that 54.7% of the $1 million should go toward street resurfacing throughout the ward. That leaves $453,000 for projects selected by voters.

Each voter selected up to four projects. The results are:

Bike lanes on Milwaukee from Lawrence to Addison, 203 votes;
Lighting and pedestrian improvements under the Kennedy at Pulaski and on the …

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PB45 2015 Project Expos Start April 11, Voting April 27-May 2

PB45 2015 Project Expos Start April 11, Voting April 27-May 2

As you may recall, for the last two years, I have used a participatory budgeting process to allocate $1 million of local infrastructure funds, also known as the Aldermanic Menu. In past years, voters approved funding for pigeon abatement in viaducts, a new turf field at Beaubien School, a new playground at Independence Park, the planting of 450 trees, and several other projects, in addition to extensive street resurfacing.

We’re continuing with the process this year. In the fall, residents offered their ideas. Now come learn how we …

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Jefferson Park Transit Center To Get $25M Renovation

Jefferson Park Transit Center To Get $25M Renovation

The $25 million renovation of the transit center at 4917 N. Milwaukee Ave. — which includes stops for nearly a dozen buses, the Chicago Transit Authority’s Blue Line and Metra’s Union Pacific Northwest Line, is expected to include an improved bus turn-around, new canopies, lighting, escalators and stairs, officials said.

The Renovation will be funded in part by $5M from the Jefferson Park and Portage Park TIF Districts.

During the station renovation, a new crosswalk will be installed across Milwaukee Avenue, Brugh said. Plans for the crosswalk …

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PB45 Moving Forward

PB45 Moving Forward

Before the holidays, we collected 89 different ideas on how to invest $1 million in our community. PB45 volunteers started meeting this week to turn those ideas into potential projects for the PB45 2015 ballot this spring.

Here’s how it works: Each alderman every year is allocated $1.3 million in Aldermanic Menu funds – yes, there is literally a menu – to spend on street and sidewalk repaving, curb replacement, bike lanes, street light replacement, and other capital projects.

In participatory budgeting, the process starts the fall before …

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Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assembly

Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assembly

Join us for Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assembly. Share your ideas on how you think $1,000,000.00 should be spent in the 45th Ward!

Together, we can bring true democracy to local government!

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