Working Together to Reimagine Public Safety
We highlight three recent examples of projects that are part of our work to help the City fulfill the vision of its comprehensive public safety plan, “Our City, Our Safety.” These projects incorporated collaboration and community input as central design tenets, key to ensuring that our public institutions’ policies and practices are effective, just, and equitable.
Sustaining Momentum Towards a COVID-19 Recovery
This month, we highlight two examples of projects Civic Consulting Alliance undertook in 2020 to address the COVID-19 crisis and to lay the foundations for a more equitable Chicago region.
Announcing the Civic Consulting Alliance 2020 Impact Report
In Civic Consulting Alliance's 2020 Impact Report, we look back on a year of critical projects to address the COVID-19 crisis and to work towards a more prosperous, equitable future for our region.
Our Focus on Equity - An Update from Our CEO: Civic Consulting Alliance Newsletter
We give an update on our work to become a more diverse, inclusive, and equity-focused organization, and highlight two recent examples of client projects that address the root causes of inequity in our region.
Chicago's Racial Equity Rapid Response Team a Model for Other Cities: Civic Consulting Alliance Newsletter
Three in four people in Chicago who have died from COVID-19 are Black or Latinx. Civic Consulting Alliance is proud to support the City's Racial Equity Rapid Response Team, a coalition that seeks to flatten the COVID-19 mortality curve in Chicago’s Black and Latinx communities and build a foundation for future racial health equity by rectifying historical institutional and systemic racism.
Chicago’s Young People Give Back
Civic Consulting Alliance and our pro bono partner Slalom stepped up to help the City of Chicago plan and implement the Chicago Youth Service Corps, a summer program that employed young people in remote COVID-19 crisis response activities—giving youth a way to give back, while creating space for celebration and community.
COVID-19 Response and Recovery Update
Civic Consulting Alliance continues to mobilize to support a cross-sector, comprehensive, and inclusive COVID-19 response and recovery that centers equity. This month, we highlight two compelling examples of this critical work: the City of Chicago's Recovery Task Force and the State of Illinois' reopening guidelines.
Leveraging Data Visualization to Equitably Support Small Businesses
Civic Consulting Alliance has mobilized to support a cross-sector, comprehensive, and inclusive COVID-19 response and recovery that centers equity. One compelling example of the critical impact of this work is our collaboration with the City of Chicago's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection to provide rapid and equitable financial support to Chicago's small business owners most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
A Message from Our CEO and President Rebekah Scheinfeld
CEO and President Rebekah Scheinfeld discusses the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and Civic Consulting Alliance's commitment to address systemic racism and achieve our mission.
An Interview with Bureau of Economic Development President Xochitl Flores
We sat down with Xochitl Flores, the new Chief of the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development. From October 2019 to January 2020, Civic Consulting Alliance collaborated with Chief Flores and her team to revamp the Bureau’s mission and vision.
A Message from New CEO and President Rebekah Scheinfeld
Rebekah Scheinfeld officially joined Civic Consulting Alliance as our new CEO and President on Monday, March 16, 2020. She writes about her vision for Civic Consulting Alliance's future, and our ongoing response to the COVID-19 crisis.
A Letter from Outgoing CEO Brian Fabes
February / March
Outgoing CEO Brian Fabes looks back at 15 years with Civic Consulting Alliance, highlighting key projects, partnerships, and lessons from the journey.
West Side United Invests $500K in West Side Small Businesses
West Side United’s Small Business Accelerator initiative recently celebrated an exciting milestone: the investment of $500,000 in 29 small businesses on Chicago’s West Side.
Collaborating to Curb Violence
In summer 2019, Civic Consulting Alliance and our pro bono partners supported summer gun violence reduction initiatives that have had a significant impact on the Mayor's Office of Public Safety and the new administration’s approach to gun violence.
A Year in Review
We are excited to share our 2019 Impact Report, a reflection on a year in which Civic Consulting Alliance responded to a wide range of opportunities to impact the issues we believe matter most to the Chicago region.
Implementing A Vision For Community Policing
Over the past year, Civic Consulting Alliance has helped transform the Chicago Police Department’s Office of Community Policing so that it can more effectively track, measure, and improve the Department’s community policing efforts.
181 Neighborhood Groups Combating Violence
On May 28th, the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities (PSPC)—a coalition of over 40 funders working to substantially reduce gun violence and increase police legitimacy in Chicago—announced $1.1 million in grants to 181 community-based organizations for programs, services, and events this summer and fall.
47 Days To Prepare: Accelerating A Mayoral Transition
On May 20, 2019, Lori Lightfoot took office as Chicago’s 56th Mayor. While Lightfoot’s term is just beginning, preparations to ensure her success kicked into high gear immediately following the runoff election. Civic Consulting Alliance provided support to her transition team during this critical time, utilizing our project management expertise and our diverse, cross-sector network of partners to accelerate a smooth transition and ensure effective government from day one.
West Side United Awarded $3 Million in JPMorgan Chase Advancing Cities Challenge
JPMorgan Chase announced West Side United and Chicago as one of five winning cities in its inaugural AdvancingCities Challenge. West Side United was chosen to receive the three-year, $3 million grant from among 245 applications across 45 states and 143 communities. In collaboration with multiple West Side United partners, Civic Consulting Alliance staff organized and structured submission of the grant, which will support scaling initiatives in West Side United’s Economic Vitality focus area.
A 100-Day Plan for the Cook County Assessor's Office
New Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi took office in December 2018. Civic Consulting Alliance worked with Kaegi to prepare for and implement a 100-Day Plan, which came to a close on March 13, 2019, setting the course for Kaegi’s work going forward.
Moving Toward Consent Decree Compliance at CPD and COPA
In January 2019, a federal judge approved a consent decree on policing in Chicago mandating significant changes at several city agencies, including the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA). Civic Consulting Alliance and our pro bono partners have helped CPD and COPA prepare for and execute requirements of the consent decree.
Chicago Police Department Looks to the Future
Transforming one of the nation’s largest police departments is a monumental, complex task, requiring a clear vision and detailed strategy. The Chicago Police Department turned to Civic Consulting Alliance for support with this significant undertaking, and, on January 8, 2019, Superintendent Eddie Johnson unveiled the result: a new three-year Strategic Plan for the Department.
Reflecting on Civic Leadership: One Year In
In November 2017, we introduced Civic Consulting Alliance’s newest platform area, Civic Leadership. Chicago benefits from a long and distinctive history of extraordinary civic leadership, and the private sector’s tradition of involvement in the advancement of our region is a national model.
Integrating a Vision at the Cook County State's Attorney
When Kim Foxx was sworn in as Cook County’s State’s Attorney two years ago, the County faced an unprecedented level of violence and distrust between criminal justice institutions and communities of color. Determined to change this, SA Foxx set out to create a State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) that seeks the fairest outcomes in the pursuit of thriving, healthy, and safe communities.
A Summer of Impact
For ten weeks, five graduate students joined Civic Consulting Alliance as Summer Associates. They worked on a diverse array of projects across Civic Consulting Alliance's platform areas, with clients including West Side United, the Chicago Police Department, Chicago Public Schools, the Pritzker Traubert Foundation and the Civic Committee.
Collaborating to Optimize Overtime Usage at the Chicago Police Department
In 2017, the Chicago Police Department spent more than $157 million on overtime, significantly greater than the budgeted amount of $78 million.
A Growing Partnership to Reduce Gun Violence in Chicago
Over the past two years, a coalition of more than 30 Chicago funders and foundations have joined together to reduce gun violence.
Data-Driven Decision-Making at the Cook County Bond Court
The average daily population of Cook County Jail has decreased by close to 40% over the past few years, from 10,000 to about 6,000 today. This remarkable drop is the result of many people and organizations who have worked together toward a common goal: reducing the use of monetary bail so that those accused but not convicted of non-violent crimes receive the support they need to be productive citizens.
Two Decades of Working Together
Over the past year, Chicago Public Schools has been in the news for all the right reasons.
In a significant, peer-reviewed study , Stanford University’s Sean Reardon found that CPS elementary students are making educational gains faster than students in any of the nation’s 100 other large, urban school districts. In fact, Reardon found that Chicago students achieved six years' worth of learning in five years' time.
A New Leader Takes the Helm at COPA
A committee of diverse stakeholders completed a national search for the Chief Administrator of COPA, Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability. After four months of vetting candidates and deliberating, the committee submitted Sydney Roberts, the director of the Illinois Secretary of State Police, to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the full City Council confirmed the appointment on April 18th.
Collaborating to Improve Health Equity on Chicago's West Side
Life expectancy in the Loop is 85 years. Six miles away in West Garfield Park, life expectancy drops to 69. This single, stark difference exemplifies the many challenges faced by residents of Chicago’s West Side. A growing body of scientific evidence shows that the fundamental causes of many illnesses that shorten life expectancy are not based in biology or behavior.
From Dallas to Chicago: Fellow Spotlight
Nikita Kansra worked with the Civic Consulting Alliance team from June to December as a Fellow from BCG-Dallas. Nika Duan worked with the Civic Consulting Alliance team from October to February as a Fellow from Bain-Dallas...
Fellow Spotlight: Rachel Doubek
From June to November, Rachel Doubek worked with the Civic Consulting Alliance team as a KPMG Fellow: What projects were you involved in during your time at the Civic Consulting Alliance? "As a KPMG fellow, I was involved in two projects during my six months at Civic Consulting. I first joined a team supporting Rush University Medical Center and the West Side Total Health Collaborative (WSTHC), a grassroots collaborative seeking to address the social determinants of health on Chicago's West Side. After three busy months with the WSTHC, I moved to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO). At the SAO, I worked on a team creating a new system of performance metrics for the State’s Attorney Office. In both settings, my work was dedicated to identifying and implementing new performance measurements that would improve the lives of Chicago and Cook County residents."