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How You Can Shape Chicago's Budget

Sidney Madden
Sidney Madden
Posted on July 19
Mayor Brandon Johnson outside the mayor's office

Mayor Brandon Johnson on April 6. (Armando L. Sanchez / Tribune / Getty)

Residents can share how they think city dollars should be spent on issues from affordable housing to public safety at upcoming budget roundtables.

What’s Mayor Brandon Johnson walking into?

Before she left office, former Mayor Lori Lightfoot released a mid-year budget forecast that predicted an $85 million shortfall, among the lowest in city history. The move was dubbed unusual and thought to help her be remembered as a “strong steward of city finances,” the Sun-Times reported.

But Johnson is doing his own forecast. Here’s how YOU can weigh in.

There are roundtables open to the public at Kennedy-King College in Englewood Thursday from 6-8:30 p.m. and Truman College in Uptown Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

A roundtable for residents ages 13-24 are invited to Harold Washington Library downtown July 25 from 4:45-7 p.m. Bonus: Five attendees could win a pair of two-day Lollapalooza passes.

Are forums even effective?

Some attendees questioned if past forums were meaningful, given the low attendance, and if they were really engaging, South Side Weekly reported. One forum last year was disrupted by a protest.

What’s next?

Johnson is expected to share his budget proposal in the fall.

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