Sick of old-style Chicago politics?  In a truly innovative experiment in direct democracy, transparency, and economic reform, Alderman Joe Moore is asking you, the residents of the 49th Ward, to participate for the third year in the 49th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting process.

The first year, over 100 volunteers worked to develop 36 projects. Of these 14 were selected in a vote by over 1600 members of the community to receive a total of $1.3 million in funding–the entire capital infrastructure budget from the wards’ Menu Fund.

Last year, 21 projects made it onto the ballot in addition to a separate question on the percentage of the Menu Fund that should be dedicated exclusively to street resurfacing–$300,000 were reserved to cover PB project cost overruns.  My constituents voted for an average of 57.2% to be dedicated exclusively to street resurfacing, in addition to 12 projects.

The 49th Ward is the first political jurisdiction in the nation to implement a participatory budgeting process, and Alderman Moore has made it a permanent fixture in the Ward.


Alderman Joe Moore and the Arts & Innovation Committee of the 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Project invite Chicago-based artists/muralists to submit their designs to paint one of twenty CTA and Union Pacific underpasses for the Rogers Park Mural Project 2012.

Final selections will be determined by a community vote. If you are interested, or know anyone who is interested in submitting a design for a mural, you can download the application by clicking on the link below.

Artists must either live in Chicago or have a studio based in Chicago. All designs must be received by midnight, Central Daylight Savings Time, on Monday, July 16, 2012 at rogersparkmuralproject2012@gmail.com.

We are excited to see Chicago artists showcase their work.  Check back in July for a preview of the designs that will appear on the ballot!

RFP – Rogers Park Mural Project 2012



Over 1,300 49th Ward residents cast ballots in the PB49 2012 election!  The voters chose to devote slightly more than half of the $1 million “menu money” (53%) to street resurfacing.  The remainder will go towards new sidewalks, a new playground at Touhy Park, trees for our parkways, and artistic murals to grace the remainder of the CTA and Metra underpasses in our ward, as well as the CTA retaining wall at Dubkin Park.

Full information is found at PB49 Election Results 2012.

Stay tuned for updates on the progress and implementation of all the projects YOU CHOSE for your community!

Take a look at the PB49 2012 Sample Ballot (Muestra de Boleta PB49 2012) and get ready to CHOOSE how Alderman Moore spends $1 Million on 49th Ward infrastructure improvements.  Remember, Early Voting begins this Sunday, April 22nd at St. Jerome’s and continues through the week, culminating in the Voting Assembly on Saturday, April 28th at the Chicago Math and Science Academy.

The 2nd Round of Neighborhood Assemblies drew larger crowds than in years past, generating excitement and buzz about all the projects proposed by their neighbors!  The five PB Committees came prepared with display boards, props and PowerPoint presentations to sway their neighbors about the merits of their projects, still tweaking their proposals based on valuable community feedback. At the moment, we’re gearing up for the start of PB Early Voting, finalizing the 2012 Ballot for submission to the printer.

Find the PB49 Early Voting date and location most convenient for you. It’s time for YOU to CHOOSE how to spend $1 Million in the 49th Ward!

  • Monday, April 23 to Friday, April 27
49th Ward Service Office
7356 N Greenview Ave
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Wed until 7:00 p.m.)
  • Sunday, April 22
Saint Jerome’s Church Parrish Center
1709 W Lunt Ave
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 23
Howard CTA “L” Station
(Howard St entrance)
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 24
Morse CTA “L” Station
(Lunt Ave entrance)
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse
7340 N Rogers Ave
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 25
Jarvis CTA “L” Station
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 26
Morse CTA “L” Station
(Morse Ave entrance)
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 27
Follow Me Friday
49th Ward Service Office
7356 N Greenview Ave
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Save the date! Ward constituents will vote on their favorite proposed projects at the Voting Assembly on Saturday, April 28th at the Chicago Math and Science Academy (2717 N Clark St) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  As in years past, Early Voting will take place the week prior, April 22nd to 27th.  This year, in addition to the 49th Ward Service Office (7356 N Greenview Ave), Early Voting will take place at other locations throughout the Ward, as well.  Remember, YOU CHOOSE how to improve your neighborhood!

The next round of PB Neighborhood Assemblies is around the corner!  Come learn about the proposed projects from each of the five committees that will be on the final ballot.  All assemblies are scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 3rd 2012, United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse Ave.
  • Wednesday, April 4th 2012, Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark St.
  • April 12th, St. Jerome’s Parish Center, 1709 W. Lunt Ave. (Spanish language assembly)

Signs with meeting room information will be posted at each location.  See you there!