WBEZ | In These Times http://www.wbez.org/tags/these-times Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Budgetary Power to the People: Chicago's Experiment in Participatory Budgeting http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/budgetary-power-people-chicagos-experiment-participatory-budgeting-107731 <p><div>In 2009, the 49th Ward became the first in Chicago to engage in a process known as participatory budgeting, in which community members vote directly on how to spent municipal funds. Since then, each year Alderman <strong>Joe Moore</strong> has turned over his ward&rsquo;s $1.3 million in &ldquo;menu money&rdquo;&mdash;funds earmarked for infrastructure projects&mdash;to the community, which has voted for everything from sidewalk repairs to public murals. This year, four other Chicago wards carried out their own participatory budgeting programs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This spring, in its series &ldquo;<em>Direct Democracy in Chicago&rsquo;s 5th Ward</em>,&rdquo; In These Times Magazine has followed 5th Ward residents as they navigate the budgeting process. On June 11, series author <strong>Joel Handley</strong> will lead a panel discussion of the lessons to be learned from how the participatory budgeting program has worked in Chicago, and how effective it has been in empowering residents to take part in the fiscal decisions that &nbsp;impact their communities. The panel will also explore the possibilities for replication of on a larger scale and what it might look like if more of the city budgetary decision making was under the direct control of Chicago citizens.</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IHC-webstory_17.jpg" title="" /></div></div><div><div class="image-insert-image ">Recorded live on Tuesday, June 11 at the Chicago Cultural Center.</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/budgetary-power-people-chicagos-experiment-participatory-budgeting-107731 Occupy Chicago outlines goals of protest http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-12/occupy-chicago-outlines-goals-protest-93087 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-12/Occupy Chicago.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Three weeks ago, the first <a href="http://occupychi.org/" target="_blank">Occupy Chicago</a> protests began in the Loop. The protests started as an offshoot of <a href="http://occupywallst.org/" target="_blank">Occupy Wall Street</a> in New York. Members of the movement said that they were dedicated to holding Wall Street and other financial institutions accountable for their role in the current economic situation.</p><p>And the movement continued to grow – "Occupy" protests sprouted up across the country, from Boston to Seattle. Locally, members of Occupy teamed up with organizations like <a href="http://www.takebackchicago.org/" target="_blank">Take Back Chicago</a> to stage marches downtown. Tuesday night 21 members of the unified protest group were arrested and charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing.</p><p>But <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wondered about their specific mission and where the movement intended to go.</p><p>To find out more we spoke with Evelyn DeHais of Occupy Chicago and <a href="http://www.inthesetimes.com/community/profile/126978" target="_blank">Joe Macare</a> of <em>In These Times</em>. Macare has been covering the protests for <em>In These Times</em> and has been blogging about the Occupy Chicago protests.</p></p> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 15:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-12/occupy-chicago-outlines-goals-protest-93087 Month in Review: City Council shake-ups and playoff excitement http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-29/month-review-city-council-shake-ups-and-playoff-excitement-85834 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-29/Derrick Rose Getty Jonathan Daniel.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>April showers hit southern Illinois hard – earlier this week Gov. Quinn issued a disaster proclamation for parts of the state. Meanwhile, Chicago has faced a different sort of deluge. There was turnover at <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/about/council.html" target="_blank">City Council</a>, rafter-shaking excitement at the United Center and some jockeying for position down in Springfield.</p><p>To sort out all of the news that was – the most significant stories, the winners, the losers and more – <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by a panel of most excellent local journalists:<a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/on-air/about-us/Mary-Ann_Ahern.html" target="_blank"> Mary Ann Ahern</a> is a political reporter for <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/" target="_blank">NBC Channel 5 News</a>, <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/ArticleArchives?author=868703">Mick Dumke</a> is a senior writer for <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/" target="_blank"><em>The Chicago Reader</em></a> and <a href="http://www.inthesetimes.com/community/profile/13/" target="_blank">Salim Muwakkil</a> is a senior editor of <a href="http://www.inthesetimes.com/" target="_blank"><em>In These Times</em></a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Kraddy, "Let's Go", from the CD Labyrinth, (Minotaur)</em></p></p> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 13:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-29/month-review-city-council-shake-ups-and-playoff-excitement-85834 Month in Review: Mayor madness dominates January headlines http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/month-review-mayor-madness-dominates-january-headlines <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/January MIR 11.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It rarely feels like we&rsquo;re at a loss for news in Illinois but January proved to be a bumpy ride on most news beats. There were more than enough political, economic and legal intrigues to go around. A tax hike of 67 percent, efforts to abolish the death penalty, not to mention Chicago&rsquo;s first truly contested mayoral race in decades. Those items just skim the surface of the news that was this past month.<br /><br />To help <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wade a little deeper for the January installment of its <em>Month in Review</em> series, host Alison Cuddy was joined by three of the region&rsquo;s journalists: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wgntv.com/about/wgntv-news-team-micah-materre,0,633732.htmlstory">Micah Materre</a> is the anchor of WGN <em>News at Nine</em>,&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.inthesetimes.com/community/profile/13/">Salim Muwakill</a> is the senior editor of <em>In These Times</em> and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/michael-puente">Michael Puente</a> reports on Northwest Indiana for WBEZ.</p><p><em>Music Button: Otis Rush, &quot;Mean Old World&quot;, from the CD Chicago The Blues Today, (Vanguard records)</em></p></p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/month-review-mayor-madness-dominates-january-headlines