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Prioritizing the People’s Budget

As COVID-19 stretches government budgets, mistrust in police, unemployment, and illness frame a daily reality for many Chicagoans. So how can our public expenditures match our collective priorities? This session highlights the work of three efforts to seek public feedback about the City budget, the People’s Budget Project, Participatory Budgeting in Rogers Park, and the Budget Ambassador’s engagement effort by the Mayor's office. Let's talk about how participatory budgeting can inform Chicago's investments in safe and thriving communities.

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  • Ivan Arenas, Associate Director, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy – UIC
  • Paola Aguirre, Founder, Borderless Studio
  • Maria Hadden, Alderwoman, 49th Ward
  • JD Van Slyke, First Deputy of Community Engagement, Office of the Mayor, ‎City of Chicago


Adam Slade, Effective Government Consultant, Metropolitan Planning Council

Thank you to our event partner, Chicago United for Equity.

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