PB49: Cycle 14 (2023-2024)
Voting - COMPLETE!
February 12, 2024 Update: Voting for Cycle 14 of Participatory Budgeting has now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted your votes on community projects!
Community members now had the opportunity to submit their votes in the 14th Cycle of Participatory Budgeting in the 49th Ward (PB49). You can vote in PB49 if you live in the 49th Ward and are aged 14 or older, regardless of your citizenship status.
Staff members are now counting the votes and will present the final projects to the community in the upcoming weeks. Please check back for more information. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 773-338-5796.
Voting opened on Monday, January 22, and closed Sunday, February 11.
For those wishing to vote online, simply fill out an online registration form at bit/ly/pb49reg and a staff member will respond with the voting site link and a special access code that will allow you to vote. Please note, this information will begin to be sent when voting opens on Monday, January 22nd.
Please do not share your code with anyone else; your code is unique and may be used only once. Please note that this is not an automated system; rather, office employees will be verifying information. This may result in a delay from the time you submit the registration form to when you receive the one-time code.
Those wishing to vote in-person can do so in the 49th Ward office, 1447 W. Morse, during office hours. Please stay tuned for our upcoming pop-up PB49 voting events, too!
Project Expos - COMPLETE!
The project development phase of Participatory Budgeting has concluded, and our volunteers have been working hard to put your ideas for projects into action. Volunteers have finished developing projects and are now ready to put them on the ballot. Attend a 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Project Expo in January 2024 to learn about these projects!
Please review the updated meeting dates below. You're only required to register for the virtual meetings at bit.ly/2024expos
Spanish translation services will be provided at these meetings.
- Saturday, January 20th at 11am in the Rogers Park Library (6907 N Clark St)
- Tuesday, January 23rd at 7pm in the Willye B. White Park Fieldhouse (1610 W Howard St)
- Thursday, January 25th at 7pm via Zoom
- Saturday, January 27th at 11am via Zoom
Project Development - COMPLETE!
Idea collection for the 14th cycle of Participatory Budgeting (PB) closed on Monday, August 14th, 2023. Thank you to everyone who submitted ideas!
We are now moving into the next phase of PB: project development. Once people have submitted their ideas during the idea collection phase, the ideas are then sent to committees made up of volunteers. Those volunteers vet the projects and conduct research on feasibility and cost. The volunteers then develop the projects so they may be placed on the ballot.
In the fall, the projects proposed for the ballot are presented to the community at project expos, explaining how those projects came about and answering questions from the community.
The project development phase lasts two months.
Questions? Please contact Mr. Jeff Gonzalez, Community Outreach and PB Coordinator, via email at email@example.com, or by calling the 49th Ward Service office at 773-338-5796.
Idea Collection Phase - COMPLETE!
There is still time for you to submit Participatory Budgeting ideas!
Here is the guiding question: If you could change one thing about our community that would make life better for you, what would it be?
Please keep in mind that Participatory Budgeting (PB) can only fund projects that are:
Low-maintenance -- PB cannot pay for staffing
Accessible and easy-to-use
And open to the public!
Examples of past PB projects include: outdoor exercise equipment at Loyola Park, improved street lighting, turf field at Mary Margaret Langdon Park, public benches, resurfacing of streets & alleys, and much more!
To view the presentation from the PB Community Assemblies, please click the button above.
How to submit an idea:
Visit bit.ly/PB49Idea, or click the button above, to access the online PB Idea Collection Google Form.
Stop by the 49th Ward Services Office at 1447 W Morse Ave between Monday - Thursday, 9am - 5pm and Friday, 9am - 3pm to fill out an Idea Collection paper form.
Or stop by a PB Idea Collection Event! Here are the dates and more dates will be announced soon:
Monday, August 7th: Outside of the Ward Office (1447 W Morse Ave), 6pm - 7:30pm
Thursday, August 10th: Willye B White Park (1610 W. Howard), 6pm - 7:30pm
Saturday, August 12th: Loyola Park (next to the fieldhouse at 1230 W Greenleaf Ave), 5pm - 6:30pm
Sunday, August 13th: Glenwood Sunday Market (Morse-end), 10am - 1pm
PB Idea Collection closes at the end of the day on Monday, August 14th.