Monthly Archives: May 2016

Participatory Budgeting Meeting

POWR has begun a campaign to place an advisory referendum in support of participatory budgeting on the ballot for the November election.

This referendum will apply only to the 50th Ward, which has in the past five years seen all of its menu money ($6.5 million dollars) spent on potholes while other needed improvements are ignored. Potholes will always be with us, and it’s time to move on to other issues that impact residents’ quality of life.

The meeting to present the petition, learn about the participatory budgeting process, and recruit petition circulators is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7, from 6:15-7:30 p.m. at the Northtown Library. Tom Desmond of PB 49, a member of the 49th Ward’s PB Leadership Team, will be the featured speaker.

The petition for the advisory referendum must be submitted to the Chicago Board of Elections no later than August 8; opponents will have until August 15 to object to placing the referendum’s on the ballot.  After PB supporters have had an opportunity respond to any challenges, the Chicago Board of Elections will decide if the nonbinding referendum makes the ballot.

Details on circulating petitions will be available at the meeting and will be published on this site as of that date. In the meantime, if you are interested in circulating a petition in your precinct, please contact us at