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April 2011 Update

Civic Consulting Alliance builds pro bono teams of business experts, government leaders, and our own staff to reshape how the city works. Currently, 48 teams are on the ground, and partners have already provided $10 million in services this year.

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Mayor-Elect Launches Transition Teams


A.T. Kearney 




Alvarez & Marsal  


Bain & Company 




The Joyce Foundation 




L.E.K. Consulting 


The Lucas Group 


Mayer Brown 




McKinsey & Company 


Schiff Hardin LLP 


Spencer Stuart 








On February 23rd, immediately following the election, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel asked Civic Consulting Alliance to guide and support the work of his transition committees.

Quote from John Murray

The eight transition committees--Arts and Culture; Economic Development and Planning; Education; Energy, Environment, and Public Space; Government Reinvention and Budget;   Public Safety; Social Services and Healthcare; and Transportation and Infrastructure--are comprised of 120 civic, business, and community leaders who will make recommendations to guide the Mayor-elect's upcoming administration.

Fourteen Civic Consulting Alliance partners are providing pro bono staff to support these teams and other transition efforts. John Murray from Accenture said, "I am consistently told by my Accenture teammates working with Civic Consulting Alliance on the Cook County and Mayoral transitions that this is the most rewarding and exciting work they have ever done."

For more information, contact Gillian Darlow.

Chicago Career Tech Wins Award


Lumity Award Ceremony

At the Lumity award dinner, from left: Paul Ungaretti (Lumity Dinner Committee Chair), Brian Fabes (Civic Consulting Alliance), Marie Lynch (Chicago Career Tech), Shelley Stern (Microsoft), Kara Kennedy (Lumity),  Mike Flannery (Fox News, Master of Ceremonies)




Carolyn Grisko and Associates 

Cecilia Loftus Design 


Huron Consulting Group

Lee Hecht Harrison

Mayer Brown

Microsoft Corporation

On March 16, Chicago Career Tech (CCT) was awarded Lumity's Public Service Technology Leadership Award for its efforts to address the needs of Chicago's 30,000 unemployed middle class residents. Lumity established the award in 2010 to recognize individuals or organizations that demonstrate a commitment and action for advancing communities through the use of technology.

"We recognize the outcomes of this program are in its infancy compared to what the long-term impact will be for Chicago," said Kara Kennedy, Executive Director of Lumity.

Quote from Joe Seliga  

CCT was launched last year with support from Civic Consulting Alliance and our partners. CCT is a career training program that has been recognized nationally for its innovative approach to integrating employers throughout the program, and for helping displaced middle class residents who have been impacted by the recession. 

"This has been one of the most rewarding projects of my legal career," said Joe Seliga, a Partner at Mayer Brown who helped launch CCT through his pro bono work with Civic Consulting Alliance. "It has paired incredibly challenging legal work together with an extremely fulfilling result. I know that our work has had a real impact on the lives of the participants in the program, who have been able to develop new skills, support their families, and seek employment in areas of growing demand." 

For more information, contact Brian Fabes

Cook County Saves $200 Million for Residents




Alvarez & Marsal 

Axiom Consulting Group


The Chicago Community Trust 


Grant Stevens, LLC 



Perkins Coie 

Schiff Hardin LLP 

SNR Denton




Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle delivered on her promise to roll back the sales tax, saving $200 million for the County's residents. The rollback is made possible by a series of money-saving initiatives, including performance management, criminal justice reform, foundation partnerships, a desk audit, and strategic sourcing, that have been undertaken with Civic Consulting Alliance partners.


Quote from Dan Potratz


On March 16th, President Preckwinkle published a report detailing her first 100 days in office. Of the 29 initiatives laid out in the December transition plan, 11 have been completed, many thanks to help from Civic Consulting partners


"Unlike most other politicians, [President Preckwinkle] won't force us media hacks to Google what she actually said during her election quest," wrote the New York Times. "It's all there."


Dan Potratz of Abbott, who is helping Cook County save up to $30 million in purchasing costs, said, " I am excited to see the new direction and enthusiasm the County's purchasing office has exhibited, and I will eagerly watch as the projects that I have helped initiate take root."


For more information, contact Lydia Murray