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Mayor Emanuel wants your input on #ChiBudget2016

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We recently had the opportunity to share our priorities with the Chicago City Council, now it’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s turn to hear from Active Trans members and supporters.

As part of this year’s city budget process, Mayor Emanuel wants to hear directly from residents about their priorities before delivering his 2016 budget to City Council on September 22.

This is a great opportunity for us to highlight the need for better biking, walking, and transit in Chicago.  With public resources stretched thinly, providing residents with money-saving alternative transportation options is needed more that ever. We’re asking for you to join us in speaking out and making sure our voices are a part of this important conversation.

The mayor will be soliciting input at three live town hall meetings as well as online, through use of the social media hashtag #ChiBudget2016.

Here are some simple messages you can use in person or online:

  • Invest more resources, including revenue from photo enforcement, to make streets and sidewalks safer for everyone
  • Continue to improve bike infrastructure on our streets and build more off-street trails
  • Expand rapid transit access to underserved parts of the city 

Join in-person or online and help us send the message that Chicago needs to invest in affordable, healthy, and green transportation for all.

The in-person town hall meetings will be held at the following dates and locations:

  • Monday, August 31: Malcolm X College, 1900 West Van Buren Street 
  • Wednesday, September 2: South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South South Shore Drive
  • Thursday, September 3: Wright College, 4300 North Narragansett Avenue

Read more about Mayor Emanuel’s budget outreach in the city’s press release.