Civic Consulting Alliance helped the Chicago Office of New Americans to write the Chicago New Americans Plan, a roadmap to making Chicago the world’s most immigrant-friendly city. This document is the first in the nation to contain such a high level of comprehensive, actionable detail on supporting immigrants and economic development. It lays out twenty-seven initiatives, spanning across the City of Chicago’s governmental departments, schools, colleges, and community-based organizations. The initiatives in the plan will help immigrant-owned businesses to succeed; support children of immigrants in their education; and ensure critical City services are accessible to immigrants.
The Ethics Reform Task Force, established December 2011 by Mayor Emanuel, was tasked to consider improvements to the existing ethics ordinances in three areas: regulation, prevention and education, and investigations and enforcement. In Part II of its report, the task force outlined the role of a Legislative Inspector General and enhanced whiteblower protections.
The Ethics Reform Task Force, established December 2011 by Mayor Emanuel, was tasked to consider improvements to the existing ethics ordinances in three areas: regulation, prevention and education, and investigations and enforcement. In Part I of its report, the task force outlined 34 recommendations to strengthen these ordinances.
Civic Consulting Alliance helped the City of Chicago draft this Youth Violence Prevention Plan, outlining the City's ongoing and planned initiatives to stop youth violence through Prevention, Intervention, and Response. The plan was presented to the Department of Justice, other federal agencies, and peer cities at the Second Annual Summit on Preventing Youth Violence in Washington, D.C. on April 2nd, 2012
This report marks six months of City-County Collaboration. Since the last report, this partnership has continued to evolve, with teams meeting more frequently and, where feasible, broadening the scope and impact of their collaboration.
In March 2011, the Joint Committee on City County Collaboration issued this first quarterly report on the status of collaboration between the City of Chicago and Cook County. In the first quarter, an estimated $11 million was saved for the 2012 budgets of both governments, and services were improved in many areas.
In August 2011, with the support of Civic Consulting Alliance and partners, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Tax Increment Financing (TIF) reform panel presented this report outlining its recommendations for improving Chicago's use of TIF, a development tool that generates roughly $500 million in incremental property tax revenue each year.
At the 100-day mark of his administration, Mayor Rahm Emanuel released this progress report on his Transition Plan. Many of the accomplishments reported were achieved with the support of Civic Consulting Alliance and our partners.
In July 2011, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle released the initial report of the County's new performance management program, STAR (Set Targets, Achieve Results). STAR is a cornerstone of President Preckwinkle's plan to establish a new culture of performance in Cook County. The program aims to lower the cost of government, improve services, and allow the public to judge the County's effectiveness.
On May 11, Mayor Daley released this report, showing that a successful technology park developed on the Michael Reese site--approximately 37 acres of mostly vacant land on the city's South Side--could create as many as 20,000 - 25,000 jobs across the region when fully developed. The report is the work of an advisory panel named to assess the future use of the site, which is located between 26th and 31st streets and between Martin Luther King Drive and Lake Shore Drive.
On June 13, 2011, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a report outlining $66 million to $140 million in annual savings and revenue that could result from unprecedented collaboration between the City and County. The report was developed by the Joint Committee on City-County Collaboration, a seven-member group of non-profit, community, and business leaders. Schiff Hardin LLP, Alvarez & Marsal, and Civic Consulting Alliance worked pro bono with the committee and City and County staff to develop the report. Accenture and Mayer Brown provided pro bono research support.
Over a period of two and a half months, Mayor-elect Emanuel's transition team and 15 Civic Consulting Alliance partners conducted a review of the City's priorities and developed proposals for improvement. The final product of this work, the Chicago 2011 Transition Report, was published on May 10th, 2011. The report contains more than 50 ideas that the administration will launch immediately, as well as ideas for the term that will position Chicago for the next 40 years.
On March 16, 2011, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle released a report detailing her first 100 days in office. Of the 37 initiatives in her Transition Report, 11 were completed within the first 100 days.
At the request of President-elect of the Cook County Board Toni Preckwinkle, a team from Accenture, PeopleScout, SNR Denton and Civic Consulting Alliance worked with the President-elect's team to identify strategic, 100-day, and first term priorities for the new administration, which are published in this report.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn appointed the Taxpayer Action Board, or TAB, to identify opportunities that can guide Illinois toward long-term, sustainable fiscal health. Within the context of the three pillars of his 2010 budget proposal – reform, responsibility, and recovery – the Governor charged the TAB with exploring ideas and identifying new approaches that will bring substantial efficiencies to State government and thus enable it to better meet its commitment to its constituents. Given the importance and immediacy of the issues at hand, the TAB was asked to deliver its final report by the end of May, a two-month period.
In 2007, Mayor Richard M. Daley named the 21st Century Commission to advise him on the direction Chicago’s City government should take to meet the changing needs of the city, its residents, and its businesses in the decades ahead. The Commission developed 64 recommendations for how City could change services and delivered them in this final 141-page report. The recommendations focus on areas such as the consolidation of departments for better efficiency, automation of the back end of resident services, and improvement of citywide technology. In addition to these recommendations, the Commission also laid out an explicit vision for the future of the City of Chicago’s government structure.
The Chicago Recovery Partnership has strengthened collaboration between government and the private sector in a time of need. In this report, you will learn how the expertise of foundations and pro-bono business helped the City effectively distribute nearly $2 billion in stimulus funds, track and report progress, and make services more efficient and transparent for Chicago residents.
In this article, the authors propose a framework for analyzing the outcomes from community college programs as a starting point for a larger discussion on the optimal distribution of resources across the multiple missions of community colleges.
Chicago Transit Authority has improved bus service reliability by 30% using a performance management process and organizational focus on improving the biggest concern for bus customers: waiting too long for the bus. The focused, team approach has helped the agency increase ridership, effective capacity, and customer satisfaction.