Will you institute participatory budgeting to allow ward residents to vote on discretionary spending in your ward?

Budget

Yes, Prior to making a decision on whether or not to institute participatory budgeting in my
ward I would want to meet with the Alderman and residents of the 49th Ward to determine
how practical the option would be in the 18th Ward. Much like Rogers Park, the Greater
Ashburn area is very diverse, and I’d want to ensure that this measure would allow equal
participation from all groups before implementation.

Our Office is responsive and my priorities are constituent-driven. We take requests from constituents over the phone, email, social media and in response to our weekly email newsletter. The lines of communications are open and we build wish lists and pass along those requests to the departments that serve the Ward. Our program to help constituents is effective.
Participatory budgeting is dependent on assigning staff that will spend many, many hours ensuring the project is administrated in a fair and equitable way. I do not want to take staff away from constituent services and shift them over to this task, at this time.
Additionally, I have concerns that, even under the best conditions, participatory budgeting in instances I have observed only counts a small fraction of residents as actual participants.
Moreover, in our Ward, the infrastructure challenges were very clear. All someone had to do, prior to my election in 2011, was look down the street to see how terribly maintained the roadways were. Year after year, I heard the same complaints from neighbors. In fact, I learned that, before I took Office, very few streets had been repaved for three years using discretionary funds.

Yes

Yes.I believe residents should have a say in how menu monies are used in the ward, ie..
Participatory Budgeting. This has been a major tenet of my campaign.

Chevette A. Valentine IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Yes

Maybe. I’m very open to the idea of participatory budgeting. But in my ward, I’ve seen that
Alderman Cappleman’s experiment with participatory budgeting failed, and was followed by a
year in which he unilaterally spent the funds, primarily for pothole repairs. The residents I’ve
spoken with who participated in the participatory budgeting process complained that much effort
was spent on a wide variety of ideas, some of them which were totally unfeasible, and there was
little attempt by the alderman’s office to channel the ideas into workable options or to provide
feedback to residents after the process was completed. I would like to provide a democratic
option for spending these funds without wasting significant resident or office resources.

Yes.I believe residents should have a say in how menu monies are used in the ward, ie..
Participatory Budgeting. This has been a major tenet of my campaign.

I pioneered participatory budgeting in the 49th Ward with respect to my
menu allocation. It has worked tremendously well. I hope other aldermen and aldermanic
candidates check the “yes” box.

YES

Joseph J. Moseley II IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Yes

Already in place

I already allow input from residents. It is challenging with the business and
homeowners

yes

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

No response provided

Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

YES

YES

yes. For a portion of the menu dollars, not all.

Susan Sadlowski Garza IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

candidate's responce

No

Yes

Stephen Niketopoulos IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Y

Yes. this will be facilitated both online and via community engagement.

yes

yes

I have always involved residents in budgeting for the ward, including through the participatory budgeting process.