I support holding open forums on relevant issues when the public is involved
I believe we need both formal and informal means of involvement. This should include neighborhood hearings as the budget is being shaped as well as special citizen advisory bodies for major projects to allow for community input from the very early stages. There must be transparency in the operation of government with information easily available via the internet or other publicly accessible means. From the beginning of my political career I have always had “people’s assemblies”, issue advisory councils, “state of the district” assemblies and other means for direct participation by residents and I would look to continuing those type of structures and inputs.
As Mayor, I would bring a new philosophy of participatory, open and transparent government to all city planning processes. I believe that is the most effective way to ensure that the government truly understand the needs of the people, and to get the best possible ideas for how to make long-term improvements to each individual community. As the former CEO of Target Area DevCorp, I was able to lead efforts to bring in $52 million transform the 79th Street Corridor between Halsted and Ashland. From my experience, the only way we were able to be successful, was by building coalitions of community residents to take part
in the process. I believe in creating outlets for communities to gather and share ideas, and I also believe that any major planning or development decision being considered by the City should be preceded by major community outreach and town hall meetings.
There is no more important partner in creating the future of the city than our residents. It is the responsibility of city government to engage its residents by providing information in advance of
decision-making, access to the decision-making process, and transparency in its outcomes. My administration will begin by ensuring accessibility by implementing a fully modernized approach to public information as I have done in the City Clerk’s office. City residents must be involved in planning and development. No one knows better what a neighborhood needs than its residents and local business owners. We have a plethora of credible community-based and civic organizations that already involve residents and businesses in all kinds of planning and development. I believe the city should engage these groups – and help them to further engage residents – in planning in each neighborhood, the lakefront, parks, and downtown Chicago. These groups are established and trusted by residents and businesses and many have established relationships with City Departments.
Televise Mayoral staff meetings, City Council meetings and committee meetings. Enable feedback via the web and smart phones.
Web based information and monthly meetings