Chicago Town Hall Meeting on Monday

January 21, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is hosting a town hall meeting this week and you don’t even need to leave your Chicago real estate to attend.

On Monday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m., the Mayor will participate in a live Facebook Town Hall meeting with Chicago residents that will be centered around education.

Chicagoans are encouraged to visit AskChicago.org in advance to submit education-related questions. There’s also an opportunity to vote on existing questions or add a comment.

This is the second live #AskChicago Facebook Town Hall meeting Mayor Emanuel has hosted. In June, he became the first sitting mayor of a major city to host a live online chat in which questions were submitted and ranked by residents.

“In our first live Facebook Town Hall and during the 2012 budgeting process, we saw Chicagoans come together in a conversation about issues facing residents across the city,” said Mayor Emanuel. “This second Town Hall is part of my commitment to creating a more transparent and engaged government that not only listens to the voices of the people, but also responds.”

In addition to streaming the event live online, the Mayor’s Office is working with the Smart Communities program, the Chicago Public Schools and the City Colleges of Chicago to plan #AskChicago viewing events. These events will be posted online next week at AskChicago.org, and residents can also contact 3-1-1 find a local viewing locations where they can participate.

The town hall can be viewed at facebook.com/chicagomayorsoffice or livestream.com/chicagomayorsoffice.

There were reports that the first Facebook meeting had some connectivity issues that made the livestream choppy. Let’s hope this one runs more smoothly.

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