Aug 15th 2019

It’s been 100 days since city council elections, and to celebrate the Public Newsroom will be hosting a series of workshops all August on alderperson accountability. The series will be tackling two questions in wards around the city: What has your alderperson been up to since taking office? How do can we hold city council accountable in between elections?

We’ve co-designed activities with Chicago United for Equity and powered by work from City Bureau’s Documenters program ( to walk attendees through these questions. We’ll unpack what committees your alderperson is on as well as budget spending, service delivery and development in your ward.

This week we’ll be in Austin talking about the 28th, 29th and 37th Wards—including Alderpeople Jason Ervin, Chris Taliaferro and Emma Mitts respectively. Ald. Jason Ervin was re-elected for the third time in the 28th Ward in February ( Ald. Chris Taliaferro was re-elected for a second term in the 29th Ward in February ( Ald. Emma Mitts was re-elected in February (

Please note you can still attend and participate in the event even if you don’t live in the ward.

This workshop will be hosted in room 107 in Austin Community Academy High School. Attendees can park on Pine and enter through door 1 or park behind the school and enter through door 8. The latter has wheelchair access.

Can’t make a workshop? We’ll be sharing the accountability activities for download and publishing them in Austin Weekly News, South Side Weekly, and The GATE Newspaper. Sign up for City Bureau’s Chicago newsletter to find out more:

City Bureau’s #PublicNewsroom is a series of free, weekly workshops and discussions aimed at building trust between journalists and the communities they serve while shaping a more inclusive newsroom.

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