Envision Chicago

Envision A Better Chicago

Hello Chicago Excel Academy of Roseland! Welcome to the Envision Chicago scholarship contest!

Here’s how you can participate:

Imagine a Better Chicago! Think about what you like best - and like least - about living in Chicago. What issues do you care about? What do you see in your neighborhood, in your ward and in your school that could be improved? Odds are, there's a law to match. How would you fix what you don't like or build on what you do?

Find the Laws You Care About! Now that you have a vision for improving city life, visit ChicagoCode.org. Browse and search through the laws to find what you care about most.

Rewrite the Rules! See how the law is written with ChicagoCode.org. Decide how you'd improve it. Tell us why this matters to you and your community. Share your ideas with the alderman who represents you on the Chicago City Council by April 15. There is NO LIMIT to how many ideas you can enter to win the $1,000 scholarship! Submit your idea by clicking “Envision This Law” at the bottom of each law or by filling out this form.

What Happens Next?

After April 15, your ideas to Envision a Better Chicago will be reviewed by your Alderman, Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza and The OpenGov Foundation’s Executive Director Seamus Kraft. A winning idea will be selected from each ward, earning the winning student $1,000 for school and a shot at their idea becoming a legislative proposal before the Chicago City Council.

Map of Ward 34 Photo of Alderman Carrie Austin

I’m tasked with moving governance forward for residents of this great city. Politics is an often under represented career choice for many youths. “Envision Chicago” is a timely civic website whose time has come. It’s designed to empower today’s student with civic understanding. It teaches the art of policy making hands on. I’m therefore confident students who know more make better choices. Envision Chicago is an important and necessary sponsor for government involvement. I welcome my area schools to make this life changing tool a part of their daily world. It just may find us the next public servant, advocate or astute voter.

— Alderman Carrie Austin

Important Dates

  • March 11, 2016 — Competition begins
  • April 15, 2016 — Submissions Deadline
  • June 1, 2016 — Winners Announced


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