Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) seeking input on aldermanic menu cash

Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) office recently announced two community meetings to discuss how the ward’s discretionary funds will be spent this year.

Last year the 5th Ward adopted a process dubbed participatory budgeting, in which residents voted on how to spend $1 million in aldermanic menu money. Beginning this week, constituents from each of the ward’s four neighborhoods are instead meeting to discuss how to spend the money in their community.

A meeting focusing on the Hyde Park and Grand Crossing neighborhoods will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight at the 5th Ward Service Office, 2325 E. 71st St.

For more information, contact the 5th Ward Service Office by calling 773-324-5555 or sending an e-mail to


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