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June 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, 36 teams are on the ground, and partners have already provided more than $12 million in services this year.

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County President, City Mayor Outline $140 Million in City-County Collaboration



Alvarez & Marsal   


Mayer Brown 


Schiff Hardin LLP 






$66 million to $140 million in annual savings and revenue could result from an unprecedented collaboration between the City and County, according to a report released last week by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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.

"Having been involved in restructuring a number of large private sector companies in Chicago, it was personally gratifying to assist in applying good corporate business practices to the City-County collaboration project," said Stuart Kaufman, a Director at Alvarez & Marsal who helped develop the report.

The report details 19 opportunities for the City and County to work together to reduce costs, increase revenue, and improve service to residents. Some efforts, such as joint  purchasing and and public safety data sharing, are already under way. Regional healthcare strategy, and others, will require significant further work.

Tribune Quote

"This is only the beginning," said Mayor Emanuel. "President Preckwinkle and I are committed to this unprecedented partnership, and we want to be held accountable as we implement these recommendations."

President Preckwinkle said that there are "some obvious ways in which we can leverage [our] purchasing power to save money on both sides of the building," and that she and the Mayor are "committed to working together as extensively as we possibly can."

In an editorial about the collaboration effort, the Chicago Tribune wrote that the President and Mayor are "impressing people with their early commitment to provide strong and efficient services," and that if they can work together to cut costs and improve services, "they can establish a model of cooperation for the rest of the state."

Chicago Sun-Times: City and county plan to merge services to save money

Chicago Tribune: Emanuel, Preckwinkle say city, county could save up to $140 million a year by teaming up

For more information, contact Lydia Murray.

Outgoing Mayor Daley Releases Report on Michael Reese Site



Cadence Consulting  Group  


On May 11, then Mayor Daley released a report (PDF) showing that a successful technology park developed on the Michael Reese Hospital site--approximately 37 acres of mostly vacant land on the city's South Side--could create as many as 20,000 to 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.

Schneider Quote

The panel, chaired by Frank Clark, Chairman and CEO of ComEd, was charged in December with helping the City better understand the resources that would be needed to develop a technology park on the site and provide recommendations on how to ensure a successful tech park development.

The panel and its work were supported by our partner, Cadence Consulting Group.

"When I first started this project, I had no idea how interesting the work would be, nor how engaged the panel members would be," said Brad Schneider, Managing Principal at Cadence Consulting Group. "The quality of the team and the contributions of the many experts and constituencies all factored into making this one of the most enjoyable and rewarding projects with which I have ever been associated. I was proud to have been able to be a part of it."


For more information, contact Brian Fabes

Chicago Leads in Climate Change Preparation    



Baker & McKenzie 


Boston Consulting Group  




Metropolitan Planning Council 




Roland Berger Strategy Consultants 


West Monroe Partners 

The New York Times recently highlighted the Chicago Climate Action Plan and Chicago's efforts to adapt to climate change, writing that Chicago is "way out in front of most [cities] in terms of adaptation," and that "other cities should pay attention" to Chicago's efforts.

Some climate change impact scenarios predict that Chicago summers could feel more like summers in current-day Baton Rouge by the end of the century. A change like this could have severe consequences for Chicago. The New York Times article, "A City Prepares for a Warm Long-Term Forecast," commended City leaders who have been implementing efforts to mitigate risk and prepare for the effects of climate change, and highlighted the importance of continued focus in this area. 

NYT Quote

Adaptation is one of five strategies in the Chicago Climate Action Plan (CCAP), which Civic Consulting Alliance and our partners have been helping implement. Civic Consulting Alliance and our partners have donated $14 million worth of pro bono services to projects such as designing the strategy for electric vehicles and moving Chicago toward zero waste. We continue to work with the new administration to accelerate CCAP implementation to be sure that, as The New York Times wrote, "With much of the rest of the nation stuck in climate-change denial or passive fretfulness, Chicago [is] planning, moving, doing."

The New York Times: A City Prepares for a Warm Long-Term Forecast

The New York Times: The Long, Hot Forecast

For more information, contact Tom McKone

Next American City Highlights Civic Consulting




Urban affairs magazine Next American City recently featured Civic Consulting Alliance and our partners as "Chicago's Public/Private Powerhouse."


"Entrepreneurs Reboot City Government" highlights the work of our partners to invest American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, reassign police officers to street patrols, and redesign career and technical education at Chicago Public Schools.


Next American City is a magazine dedicated to promoting socially and environmentally sustainable economic growth in America's cities and examining how and why our built environment, economy, society and culture are changing.

Click here to read the article.


For more information, contact Alexander Gail Sherman