Participatory budgeting allows community members who can’t legally vote to still have a voice

Associate Director Thea Crum is interviewed by ABC 7 on Great Cities Institute’s work on participatory budgeting.

Through participatory budgeting, community members get a voice. They can propose neighborhood infrastructure projects in their wards, such as road or park improvements, and those projects then go up for a vote in the community.

“So, you’re seeing this beautiful co-creative process between residents and local government where they’re really working together to actualize real community needs on the ground,” said Thea Crum, associate director at Great Cities Institute at UIC.

The institute has taken the lead on spreading the word about participatory budgeting in Chicago, and that includes targeting populations who can’t legally vote.

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