We don't trust that our representatives are acting in our best interest. We worry that our kids will be shortchanged if we stay. We don't know how our taxes are being spent. We are trapped in a cycle of disengagement, disenchantment, and disinvestment.
To get from here to where we want to go, we need Chicagoans to _participate_ again. We need parents to trust schools again, communities to trust police again, and taxpayers to trust government again. The solutions all involve coming back to the table and working together, which requires rebuilding trust that's been eroded over decades.
How do we do it? It's got to start with re-establishing faith in leadership:
We've paid too high a price for the things that politicians do while trying to hang on to power for too long. It's time for an end to political dynasties.
Too much of our representatives' energy is spent on fundraising. Too few people enter government because of it. Too many policies are driven by pay-to-play.
You should know exactly where your taxes are going. We'll provide a receipt, strengthen COFA, and give you other tools to hold your reps accountable.
There's a long way between here and where we want to be as a city, and a lot to figure out about how to get there. And we know there's a lot more you want to know about us and our campaign.
We will build the most participatory government Chicago has ever had. That begins now, with this campaign. Ask us anything:
We're making a tool that lets you search through the questions asked by organizations like the Chicago Tribune when they're deciding who to endorse:
Visit ourplatform.com to browse and compare your representatives' responses.To hear updates on the Policy Questionnaire app, please sign up for our mailing list:
We'll work hard to get back to you with an answer to your question and our process for arriving at it.
The answers to many policy questions, at some point, involve digging into the budget. So we're putting together an interactive model of city finances.
Our full breakdown of the budget in an interactive tool is on its way. Here's a high-level visualization of how the city is budgeting your money for 2018.Sign up for our mailing list to find out when the full model is complete: