Over the last week, various media have reported on the work of CCA and our partners:
Taxpayer Action Board (TAB)
Last Thursday, Governor Quinn's Taxpayer Action Board presented its final report to the Governor and legislative leaders. TAB was charged in March with finding opportunities to reduce the cost of state government, and asked to report back in two months. In this short time, the Board generated dozens of ideas for reforms that could, over time, save many billions of dollars per year.
CCA partners Deloitte, Hewitt, KPMG, and the Lucas Group provided extraordinary pro bono support to make this report possible in a very short time.
The full report can be found online by clicking here. Media coverage can be found at the Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business, Chicago Examiner, and the Illinois Policy Institute. For additional media coverage see "In the News" at the right.
Last week the Chicago Police Department announced that 148 police officers will be reassigned permanently from desk duty to street patrols. This change, which will increase significantly the number of sworn officers on the street without additional cost to taxpayers, was made possible by the work of CCA partner A.T. Kearney, who examined in detail the administrative work required of police officers and made recommendations for reducing this burden, thereby freeing up sworn officers for patrol.
Additional coverage can be found at the Sun-Times.
Over the next two years, Chicago will receive from $1 - 2 billion in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). These funds bring with them not only opportunities, but also challenges. In particular, the city must move quickly and with transparency to harness the potential impact of these funds. The Recovery Partnership, a collaboration between the City and more than forty local foundations, was formed to help non-profits use Recovery funds and to ensure the impact of ARRA funding lasts beyond the short (18 months) stimulus timeframe.
The first ARRA project underway in Chicago - and one of the first in the nation - is the CTA Blue Line renewal, which was recently profiled on WTTW. Last week, The Chronicle of Philanthropy featured the Recovery Partnership effort as one of the nation's unique responses to ARRA funding.
The Recovery Partnership is benefitting from the pro bono support of Mayer Brown, LEK Consulting, and students from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.