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!

After meeting with City experts, conducting inspections, careful research, and reviewing cost estimates, the 5 committees have managed to narrow down the long lists of suggested improvement projects resulting from the Neighborhood Assemblies late last year (Arts & Other Committee received close to 50 suggestions!) to those listed below. Please note that the committees will continue examining these various projects to present to you a more concise list at the 2nd round of Neighborhood Assemblies in April, so come back as we continue to update the list below. The following projects are currently being considered:


1. Streets Vote – A separate question will appear on the ballot asking voters to vote on a specific percentage of the 2012 aldermanic menu budget that should be devoted exclusively to street resurfacing. The votes on this separate question will be tallied and an average calculated.  That average will determine the percentage of the 2012 aldermanic menu budget that will be devoted exclusively to street resurfacing. The cost of resurfacing this year is $36,ooo for the first 5 blocks, and $58,000 per block after that to cover half the cost of installing the handicapped curb cuts. The following streets and alleys are being considered for resurfacing this year (listed in alphabetical order):

  1. 1200 W Birchwood Av – Lake to Eastlake Tr
  2. 1300 W Birchwood Av – Eastlake Tr to Sheridan Rd
  3. 7600 N Bosworth Av – Howard St to Jonquil Tr
  4. 7500 N Claremont Av – Birchwood Av to Howard St
  5. 7400 N Damen Av – Jarvis Av to Fargo Av
  6. 7450 N Damen Av – Fargo Av to Birchwood Av
  7. 1800 W Estes Av – Ravenswood Av to Wolcott Av
  8. 7050 N Glenwood Av – Greenleaf Av to Estes Av
  9. 7100 N Glenwood Av – Estes Av to Touhy Av
  10. 1600 W Greenleaf Av – Ashland Av to Paulina Av
  11. 7051 N Clark St (Alley north of Greenleaf Av)
  12. 2000 W Jarvis Av – Damen Av to Seeley Av
  13. 2050 W Jarvis Av – Seeley Av to Hoyne Av
  14. 2100 W Jarvis Av – Hoyne Av to Ridge Av
  15. 7700 N Marshfield Av – Jonquil Tr to Juneway Tr
  16. 1750 W Morse Av – Clark St to Ravenswood Av
  17. 1700 North Shore Av – Clark St to Hermitage Av
  18. 1734 North Shore Av – Hermitage Av to Ravenswood Av
  19. 7050 N Paulina Av – Greenleaf Av to Estes Av
  20. 7100 N Paulina Av – Estes Av to Touhy Av
  21. 7600 N Marshfield Av (Alley north of Howard St)
  22. 1000 W Pratt Bl – Lake to Sheridan Rd
  23. 6800 N Ravenswood Av (west) – Pratt Bl to Farwell Av
  24. 6900 N Ravenswood Av (west) – Farwell Av to Morse Av
  25. 7400 N Seeley Av – Jarvis Av to Fargo Av
  26. 1700 W Wallen Av – Clark St to Metra

Arts and Innovation

2. Underpass Murals – twenty-two murals are being proposed, at a cost of $5,500 each, for a total of $121,000, at the CTA and Metra locations below.

  • 1400 W Estes (south wall) – replaces an older, worn down mural
  • 1800 W Estes (north wall)
  • 1800 W Estes (south wall)
  • 1400 W Chase (north wall)
  • 1400 W Chase (south wall)
  • 1800 W Birchwood (north wall)
  • 1800 W Birchwood (south wall)
  • 1800 W Touhy (north wall)
  • 1800 W Touhy (south wall)
  • 7300 N Greenview (southeast wall)
  • 7300 N Greenview (northwest wall)
  • 1400 W Morse (south wall)
  • 1800 W Morse (north wall)
  • 7400 N Rogers (north wall)
  • 7400 N Rogers (south wall)
  • 1800 W Pratt (north wall)
  • 1500 W Sherwin (north wall)
  • 1440 W Sherwin
  • 1100 W Sheridan (north wall)
  • 1100 W Sheridan (south wall)
  • 1800 W Farwell (south wall)
  • Dubkin Park – cost of large wall mural lessened to $5,500 by contracting with Alternatives Youth Group

3. Leaf Out the 49th Ward – 100+ trees will be planted in parkways, in-filling areas where trees are missing or have never been planted, to achieve a 20% tree canopy coverage by 2020 ($75,000).

4. You Are Here Information Sites – visitor information sites will be installed at each CTA and Metra station entrance in the 49th Ward ($175,000).

Parks and Environment

5. Touhy Park Playground Completion – an additional $125,000 will cover the remaining costs for the installation of a $450,000 playground.

6. Pottawatomie Park Water Feature – above ground ($75,000).

7. Albion/Hartigan Parcel Improvement – create contemplative garden at Albion and the Lake ($150,000).

8. New Drinking Fountains – Loyola Park and Paschen Park ($8,000 each; $24,000).

Traffic and Public Safety

Five residential light replacement projects are being proposed: new aluminum poles with 250-watt main fixture and 50-watt ornamental sidewalk fixture at an estimated cost of $65,000 per block, and 250-watt fixtures directed to areas of concern at $500 per unit.  In addition, four traffic safety projects with varying costs.

9. 1400-1600 W Juneway Tr – Sheridan Rd to Ashland Av (2 blocks; $130,000).

10. 1400-1600 W Estes – Glenwood Av to Ashland Av (2 blocks; $130,000).

11. 6950-7200 N Glenwood Av – Lunt Av to Touhy Av (2 blocks; $128,000).

12. 1200-1250 W Sherwin – Sheridan Rd to the Lake (1 block; $65,000).

13. Flood Lights at 2000 W Birchwood & Chase Av (8 units; $4,000).

14. Parking Reconfiguration Eastbound on Jarvis Av from Clark Av ($16,000).

15. Pedestrian Safety at Ridge Av – four intersections ($70,000).

16. Pedestrian Safety at Howard St CTA Station – pedestrian signage and restriping ($17,000).

17. Pedestrian Safety at Pottawatomie Park – additional signage and restriping at Wolcott Av, Rogers Av and Honore St, and an ADA pedestrial ramp ($22,000).


18. Rogers Park Bike Network, Phase 3 – Add striped bike lanes on Clark St from Howard St to Albion Av ($60,000).

19. Bus Stop Benches – Locations at 16 bus stops in the 49th Ward at a cost of $2,450 each ($39,200).

20. Metra Stop Enhancements – New three-sided structure for southbound riders ($125,000).

21. Sidewalk Repairs – Repair the sidewalks in the 49th Ward that are in need of attention–priority given to those leftover projects from 2010-2011 ($150,000).

Given the complexity of several of the winning projects voted on April 10, 2010, a few of our projects remain pending. Some were relatively straightforward infrastructure projects, and others are taking longer to complete. But, we are making progress! Check back for further updates.

  • Bike Lanes on Touhy, Ashland & Rogers (Phase I). COMPLETED. Initially delayed due to a shortage of striping materials (light-reflective paint), but the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) completed the work in Summer 2011.
  • Bike Racks (Artistic). PENDING. CDOT has approved specifications as to size, materials, etc., and investigation is underway as to fabrication costs. The process will include an RFP (similar to the murals project), a community vote on the design, manufacture and installation.
  • Community Garden at Dubkin Park. COMPLETED. Built by Department of Environment (DOE) GreenCorps in late Summer 2011. Planting scheduled for Spring 2012.
  • Convenience Shower at Loyola Park. COMPLETED. Situated outside near the Loyola Field House. Completed in Summer 2011.
  • CTA Heating Shelters with Benches. COMPLETED. Installed at the Jarvis, Morse and Loyola Stations in Spring 2011.
  • Dog-Friendly Area (Dog Park) at Pottawatomie Park. COMPLETED. Lengthy initiative included planning committee, architects, etc., involvement. Completed in Fall 2011.
  • Path Completion in Touhy Park. COMPLETED. Partial path in the park was extended in Fall 2010.
  • Sidewalk Repairs. PARTIALLY COMPLETED. Fifteen sites were repaired, but the City significantly increased scope and cost of repairs, so the final cost was well beyond the funding originally approved by the community. The remaining sites were added to the 2011 ballot, but did not receive enough votes to receive new funding. Per PB49’s Transportation Committee, several of these sites will now reappear on the 2012 ballot.
  • Traffic/Pedestrian Signal on Clark at Chase. PENDING. Final estimate from the City was significantly higher than the original. As the crossing is by a school, funding is being sought from both City and State agencies.
  • Solar-Powered Garbage Containers on Sheridan. ON ORDER. Final costs from the City exceeded the original City estimate by about 10%. The original plan was for 10 containers; there will now be 8, all on Sheridan Road. All locations have been recently approved by the Department of Streets and Sanitation.
  • Street Resurfacing – Lunt, Ashland to Ravenswood. TO BE FUNDED BY DEPARTMENT OF WATER MANAGEMENT! The repaving has been on hold since 2010 due to water-main replacement under sections of Lunt. Work has already been completed from Ravenswood to Ridge. Now, this month, DWM informed us that these new mains will be installed under the entire length of Lunt, with complete repaving following, paid for by DWM. Therefore, menu money will not be needed to repave this street and can be reallocated to overruns of other projects.
  • Historical Signs for Rogers Park. PENDING. CDOT/Streetscape Division has informed us as to the approved design for these signs (similar to historical markers found downtown in the Loop). Awaiting cost estimates and process from CDOT.
  • Street Lights on Morse. COMPLETED. The project was originally for residential lights (two-bulb upper and lower lights), but was changed to ornamental lights to complete the Morse Avenue Streetscape lights from Wayne to Morse. Lights were installed in Fall 2011.
  • Underpass Murals. 12 out of 13 COMPLETED. Project started with a published RFP, resulting in 160 entries from local artists. Reduced to 24 finalists by an expert panel, and 13 designs chosen by popular vote at the 2010 Glenwood Sunday Market. Completed murals grace both Union Pacific/Metra and CTA underpasses. Completed in Fall 2011.

Note that many street-related projects are on hold due to extensive ward-wide gas-line replacement by People’s Gas. That project, which began in 2011, will not be completed in some areas of the Ward until August 2013. Given it is counter-productive to repave a street or paint new bike lanes, when subsequently the pavement will be torn up by utilities, the work will have to be on hold until the gas-line installation is completed.

  • Bike Lanes on Albion, Eastlake & Pratt (Phase II). PENDING. Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) project.  Waiting on gas-line work. (See note, above). Expected completion: Fall 2013.
  • Bike Racks. PENDING. Twenty racks will be purchased, with CDOT matching with an additional 20 racks.  The site locations are under discussion. Expected completion: Summer 2012.
  • Improvements to Ridge, Touhy, Rogers Intersection. PENDING. Final cost estimate given by CDOT and awaiting scheduling. Expected completion: Summer 2012.
  • Improvements to Metra Underpasses at Birchwood, Estes & Touhy. PENDING. Joint effort by CDOT and Union Pacific. Project to include washing, lighting, repainting, and pigeon abatement. Expected completion: Summer 2012.
  • New Playground at Touhy Park. PENDING. Partial funding in place from PB 2011 vote plus agreement from the Chicago Park District to fund 1/3 of final cost. An additional $125,000 is being sought on the PB 2012 ballot to complete the funding package.
  • Path Extension at Jarvis, Leone & Loyola Parks. PENDING. Funding in place to order two of the three extensions. Expected completion: Summer 2012.
  • Street Resurfacing. Completion dates vary with location of streets. (See note, above):
    • 1200-1500 Pratt – Late Summer 2013
    • 6800-7000 Wolcott – Summer 2012
    • 7400-7600 Wolcott – Late Summer 2013
    • 1400 Jarvis – Late Summer 2013
    • 1200-1300 Columbia – Summer 2012