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March 2012 Update

Civic Consulting Alliance builds pro bono teams of business experts, government leaders, and our own staff to reshape how the city works.

Currently, 49 teams are on the ground, and partners have already provided more than $6.1 million in services since the start of the fiscal year. 



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A Message from Civic Consulting Board Chair Jim Glerum


2011 was an exceptional year for our partnership. With new leadership at the City, County, and CPS, and continued leadership at the City Colleges, we had unprecedented opportunities to advance some of the most difficult challenges in our region.
The hard work of our many partners allowed us to make the most of these opportunities. Together, we supported the transitions of the County Board President and Mayor, the launch of a cross-sector anti-violence initiative, the creation of performance management at the County, and the first broad collaboration effort between the City and County, among other projects.
No one organization could have done what we all have achieved together. We are grateful for your collaboration in creating a civic infrastructure that no other city has.
As a way of highlighting the impact of everyone's work, we are excited to launch a new "Partner Feature" in our newsletter. Starting next month, each newsletter will feature one partner's perspective on why they choose to work with us and contribute their expertise to support Chicago. 
Meanwhile, our partnership continues to grow, reflecting the fulfillment partners find in our work. Returning partners have found that working with us is a great way to reward high performers and retain great talent in their organizations. 
Thank you again to all our partners for helping make 2011 a great year. We look forward to working with you in 2012 and beyond.
Jim Glerum
Board Chair, Civic Consulting Alliance
Managing Director, Chairman, Regional Banking North America, Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

Boeing Names Civic Consulting Partnership "Game Changer"



Baker & McKenzie 


Boston Consulting Group 


Compass-X Strategy


Environmental Impact Initiative, Inc.


Metropolitan Planning Council 


Michael Baker Corporation




Roland Berger Strategy Consultants 


Studio V Design


West Monroe Partners



The Boeing Company awarded our partnership the 2011 Boeing Game Changer Award, in recognition of our joint work implementing the Chicago Climate Action Plan (CCAP). To date, more than 20 partners have provided $15 million in pro bono services to assist the implementation of CCAP, Chicago's blueprint to a more sustainable future. The Plan has been recognized globally as one of the most advanced sustainability plans for cities.




Over the past year, Civic Consulting and our partners have led the environment committee for Mayor Emanuel's 2011 transition report and helped to re-launch the Mayor's Green Ribbon Committee. Boston Consulting Group has analyzed the jobs and economic development potential of CCAP, and Accenture has created the most comprehensive citywide energy database in the country.


Environmental Impact Initiative, Inc. and Michael Baker Corporation have developed lease incentives to encourage more efficient taxis, and Baker & McKenzie, Studio V Design, and Compass-X strategy are all currently working on projects to support CCAP.


For more information, contact Tom McKone.


City Sets Ambitious Tourism Goal



Griffin Strategic Advisors, LLC 


Jones Day 



Attracting 50 million visitors per year to the city by 2020 is the ambitious goal announced by the the City of Chicago last month, to be achieved by overhauling the city's approach to tourism.


In 2010, Chicago hosted 39 million visitors, who spent more than $11 billion. A new tourism organization, combining the current Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, will be charged with increasing visitor numbers by 25%, with emphasis on international markets.


The changes will generate an estimated $4 billion a year in additional revenues for the local economy. Additionally, the new organization will save $1.3 million in administrative costs, which will be reinvested in marketing campaigns promoting Chicago.




Griffin Strategic Advisors LLC, Jones Day, and Civic Consulting Alliance have provided pro bono support to help the City set its tourism goal and identify best practices for achieving it.


"As a Chicago native, it was a joy and honor to contribute to a project that explored the city's tourism potential," said Barbara Ford, Principal at Griffin Strategic Advisors, LLC. "Chicago has so much to offer year round, and we are confident that it is well-poised to be a prime destination for domestic and international travelers."


For more information, contact Gillian Darlow.


Chicago Sun-Times: City's Tourism Offices Merge 


Chicago Tribune: City Tourism Offices to Merge 


Crain's Chicago Business: City to Merge Tourism Units, Double Visitor Ad Budget 


City, County Project $21 Million in Collaboration Savings





Alvarez & Marsal


IBM Corporation 


Mayer Brown


Schiff Hardin LLP


A combined $21 million in annual savings has been identified by the City of Chicago and Cook County by working together to maximize resources, announced Mayor Emanuel and County President Preckwinkle at the first City-County Collaboration Summit in February.  


The first $11 million of these savings were included in the 2012 City and County budgets, and the remainder will be realized in the 2013 budgets.


These budgeted savings were found after only six months of collaboration that came as a result of recommendations made by a Joint Committee on City-County Collaboration. Last June, as charged by the Mayor and President, the seven-member group of non-profit, community, and business leaders issued a report of opportunities to improve the quality while reducing the cost of services provided by the two government bodies. 



The committee highlighted services that have improved as a result of City-County collaboration, including increased coordination on homeland security and an upcoming merger of the City and County workforce development boards. 


The collaboration progress reflects the pro bono work of Schiff Hardin LLP, Alvarez & Marsal, Civic Consulting, and City and County staff on initial recommendations, and more recent work by Mayer Brown and IBM Corporation. 


Juan Salgado, Collaboration Committee member and President of the Instituto del Progreso Latino, said at the summit, "It has been exciting for the Committee to watch the relationships between the City and County form to produce real results for our residents."


For more information, contact Lydia Murray.


Chicago News Cooperative: City, County Announce $20 Million in Savings


NBC Chicago: City, County Collaboration to Save at Least $20 Million Annually


Chicago Tribune: Emanuel, Preckwinkle Tout Dividends of City-County Collaboration


Chicago Sun-Times: Emanuel, Preckwinkle Tout $20 Million Saved in City-County Partnership


City and County to Enforce Cigarette Tax Jointly





An intergovernmental agreement that will significantly enhance how cigarette taxes are enforced was passed last month by the Cook County Board and the Chicago City Council.

Since 2010, cigarette distributors have been required to place a joint City and County Cigarette Tax stamp on each cigarette pack intended for sale in Chicago. Retailers may not legally sell cigarettes without the stamps. Until now, City and County inspectors have enforced their respective taxes separately. Any given violation received a single citation from either the County or the City, even though cigarette packs being sold without the stamp violate both City and County tax ordinances.

Under the new agreement, City and County inspectors will be able to write tickets for both County and City violations at the same time. Additionally, City and County attorneys will now prosecute cases for both governments and Admininistrative Hearing Officers will hear both County and City cases back-to-back.

"Residents and businesses," said Zahra Ali, Director of the Cook County Department of Revenue, "will benefit from increased compliance, more revenue for the City and County, more cost-effective enforcement, and a stronger deterrent to tax scofflaws, giving honest retailers a level playing field."    

For more information, contact Kelsey Burr.

City Ethics Task Force Seeks Public Input


Jones Day  

The Ethics Reform Task Force, established by Mayor Emanuel last month to strengthen the city's ethics ordinance, is soliciting ideas from the public via a new website:


The website allows residents to respond to questions and submit their own ideas for improving ethics in Chicago. Ideas submitted on the website will be used to inform the Task Force's final report, expected in April. 


Jones Day and Civic Consulting Alliance are providing pro bono support to the Task Force.



"The people of Chicago have always cared deeply about ethics in City government," said Dan Reidy, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Chicago office. "The Task Force's website provides a great way for members of the public to share their ideas for reform and participate directly in this important effort."


For more information, contact Gillian Darlow.