Chicago Residents: Participatory Budgeting Vote Starts Soon!

April 27, 2013 at 8:09 am

You may have read some of the information I’ve posted regarding Participatory Budgeting in Chicago this year, specifically in the ward I live in (46). Residents have a chance to vote on how their alderman will spend $1,000,000 in menu funds in their ward. Many of the projects on the ballots deal with street safety and infrastructure improvements for pedestrians and people on bikes. After months of planning, it’s time to vote!

Voters can allocate 6 votes to the projects; weighted voting (voting more than once for a single project) is not permitted. All 6 votes do not have to be used. Votes do not have to add up to $1,000,000 (the usual amount to be allocated).

Here is voting information for each of the 4 wards participating this year:

5th Ward – Ald. Leslie Hairston

Tuesday, April 30 – Thursday, May 2
5th Ward Service Office
2325 E. 71st St.
10am -4pm

Saturday, May 4, 2013
Gary Comer College Prep
7131 S. South Chicago Ave.
10am -2pm

45th Ward – Ald. John Arena

Monday, April 29 – Friday, May 3
9am – 5pm
45th Ward Service Office
4754 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60630

Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5\
10am – 2pm
45th Ward Service Office
4754 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60630

46th Ward – Ald. James Cappleman

Saturday, April 27
9am – 12pm
Monday, April 29 – Friday, May 3
9am – 5pm
46th Ward Service Office
4544 N Broadway,
Chicago, IL 60640

Saturday, May 4
9am – 2pm
Uplift Community High School
900 W. Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

49th Ward – Ald. Joe Moore

Monday, April 29 – Friday, May 3
9am – 5pm
49th Ward Service Office
7356 N Greenview Ave
Chicago, IL 60626

Saturday, May 4
9am – 3pm
Chicago Math and Science Academy
7212 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60626


In all 4 wards, the voting process is simple. Residents of the ward 16 and older must bring a form of ID that proves ward residency, such as:

  • Document from a government agency (driving license, state ID, military ID card, etc)
  • Voter registration card
  • Current lease
  • Paycheck or paycheck stub
  • Bank statement
  • Permanent resident (Green) card
  • Tax forms
  • And more

Please note that you do not have to be a US citizen to vote! Any resident 16 and older can vote.

Yesterday I volunteered at an Active Transportation Alliance Bike Pit Stop on Clark at Montrose, right near the 46th ward boundary. It didn’t seem like a ton of people knew what Participatory Budgeting was. It’s important that we get the word out about this so the people who it affects can voice their support for safety improvements!

If you know anyone who lives in these wards or would like to give out some information, share this post and flyers listed here. You can also share the half-sheet flyer I made specifically for the 46th ward:


46-PB-Flyer-2Larger-resolution files for printing can be found here.

Do you live in one of the wards that will have a choice of how $1,000,000 in menu funds will be used this year? Let me know what you think in the comments.