Each year, every member of the Chicago City Council receives a local infrastructure budget of $1.3 million to spend on local infrastructure enhancements, including (but not limited to) such items as street resurfacing, tree planting, curb and sidewalk repairs, bike lane installations, and residential street lighting improvements.
This fund is commonly referred to as the “Aldermanic Menu”, and is extremely helpful in expediting vitally important, and yet locally centric, infrastructure repairs that would otherwise languish for years while waiting for them to be added to the list of overall City infrastructure repairs. We have a robust constituent service office that employs a dedicated constituent database allowing us to track feedback for infrastructure repairs.
When allocating the funding for these Menu repairs, my office seeks input from a variety of sources on an annual basis, including the following:
- Local neighborhood associations and community groups;
- Local tours of the 43rd Ward with community members;
- Frequent communication with residents and community shareholders that seek constituent services from our office via email, phone conversation, social media or mail;
- An aldermanic survey with her Director of Infrastructure, Sheila Pacione.
If you are aware of any items that are in need of repair in your neighborhood, please let us know and we’d be happy to assist! We can be reached at (773) 348-9500 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.