Envision Chicago

Envision A Better Chicago

Hello Taft High School! 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 41 Photo of Alderman Anthony Napolitano

It is important that we encourage our City’s youth to participate in local government. Envision Chicago is a great way to spark their interest. They will have the opportunity to work directly with the laws that affect them most. You never know, this hands-on approach may even inspire a future alderman.

— Alderman Anthony Napolitano

Important Dates

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


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