In recent years, Chicago has become a global pioneer for a government spending method called "participatory budgeting."
Participatory budgeting, or PB, is a system in which citizens are given a direct vote on how government funds are spent.
In Chicago, this takes place at the ward level, with alderman allowing their constituents to decide how to spend the $1.3 million in annual “menu money” they receive from the city.
The PBS television network recently released "Count Me In," a documentary exploring PB in Chicago and how it empowers citizens to be advocates for the changes they’d like to see made in their own communities.
In many wards, significant improvements to biking and walking infrastructure have been made using PB funding. Check out PB Chicago ...