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PB49: Cycle 11

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PB49: The Results Are In!


Vote in PB49 Through March 12

View the project proposals in the gallery below to learn more about the different projects on this year's participatory budgeting ballot. You can also view the Project Expo Town Hall meeting where residents gave presentations about their projects.

Voting for cycle 11 of Participatory Budgeting in the 49th Ward will take place from February 15, 2021, through March 12, 2021. 


It's that time of year again! Once again, participatory budgeting will look different this cycle than in years past due to the COVID-19 crisis. Instead of hosting in-person voting events, we are asking that folks predominantly rely on online voting to cast their ballot. The 49th Ward office will still distribute paper ballots but will be doing targeted outreach to our community-based organizations, food pantries, senior homes, and others to disseminate those. 

Also different this cycle than previous cycles is that 49th Ward residents will see a separate section on the ballot to vote on policies and programs. These policies and programs are not eligible for the traditional $1 million capital infrastructure funding, but will instead help Alderwoman Hadden develop agenda to pursue in the 49th Ward and citywide.​

For those wishing to vote online, simply fill out an online registration form. Our staff will respond with the voting site link and an access code that will allow you to vote.  Please note that this is not an automated system; rather, office employees will be verifying the information. This may result in a delay from the time you submit the registration form to when you receive the code.

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Program & Policy Proposals

The money allocated for participatory budgeting must be used for infrastructure projects only, but of course, this is only one part of the work that the Alderwoman’s office does to benefit you, the residents of the 49th Ward, and our city as a whole community. This year, Alderwoman Hadden also wants you to prioritize policy and program needs for our ward. 


At the beginning of this process, the Alderwoman asked residents one question: “If you could change one thing about the Rogers Park community, what would it be?” As you might expect, those answers were far-ranging and did not all fit into the infrastructure bucket. 


In order to help gather, evaluate, interpret, and research those non-infrastructure ideas more thoroughly, a new “Policy & Programs” committee was formed. Working alongside the traditional participatory budgeting process, this committee took your answers and has pulled the top five policy and program priorities you identified. On the ballot, you'll be asked to choose the top three issues you think she should focus on for this year. You'll also be given the opportunity to get involved in working on those priorities with Alderwoman Hadden and her team. Check out the presentation below to learn more about what you'll see on the ballot!

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PB49 is now underway! This year's cycle will look different than previous years due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, but we still want to hear from you! 

This year we are starting with an open-ended question: If you could change one thing about our community that would make life better for you, what would it be? 

Between now and September 19, 2020, folks will have the opportunity to answer that question and inform our 49th Ward participatory process.

How can you answer that question?

  1. Fill out this online Google Form

  2. Text "PB49" to 33339;

  3. Flyers are posted in the main corridors of the ward with a QR code that folks can scan to open the Google Form on their smartphones;

  4. Participate in the virtual Neighborhood Assembly on Saturday, September 12, at 10 am or on Thursday, September 17 at 6 pm

Be on the lookout for more information on how and when to vote in early October!


Do you want to become a community representative? We'd love to have you! Just make sure to check the "yes" box on the second page of the Google Form!

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