On Friday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his participation in two upcoming town hall discussions—one through telephone and the second through Facebook—in order to keep his administration open to public inquiry.
“A commitment to openness and accountability is at the core of our administration; Chicagoans have questions and deserve open, honest answers from their government,” said Mayor Emanuel. “I promised during the campaign to hold telephone town halls to talk directly to the people of Chicago. We’re leveraging new technologies to bring even more people into the conversation and to find new, innovative ways to make Chicago even stronger.”
The first town hall will take place on Monday, June 27th at 6:00 pm. Chicagoans can call in to ask questions or listen by dialing (800) 398-9397. The second will occur online on Thursday, June 30th at 1:30 pm. It will be the first time the sitting mayor of a major city participates in a live online chat with questions both submitted and ranked by the public.
To begin asking questions or find out more, visit www.cityofchicago.org/askchicago. Alternatively, Chicagoans can join the conversation by visiting the Mayor’s Facebook page or using #AskChicago to Tweet @ChicagosMayor.
WGCI’s Tony Sculfield and Nina Chantele from “Tony Sculfield and the Morning Riot” will co-host the live broadcast.
In addition to streaming live and being archived online, #AskChicago viewing events will be held at select public and community facilities with available internet, thanks to collaboration between the Mayor’s office, the Smart Communities program and the city’s Department of Innovation and Technology. Chicagoans can also contact 3-1-1 to find nearby locations offering free computer and internet access to the public. A schedule of the events will be posted on the Mayor’s Facebook page.