Every year, each ward in Chicago receives $1.3 million dollars, also known as “menu money,” for infrastructure-related improvements. This money comes from an infrastructure-specific bond, and is designated to be spent on Ward infrastructure improvements, including street and alley resurfacing, light pole repair, curb and gutter improvements, and more.
You can have a say in menu money spending!
The 40th Ward office uses a process called participatory budgeting to determine how $1 million of menu money is spent (the remaining $300,000 is held for emergency repairs and other needs that arise during the year).
Please use the following links for information on menu money spending and participating in “The People’s Budget” — our participatory budgeting process!