May 3, 2012
The Civic Federation released a series of local government roadmap reports in 2010 and 2011 to provide evidence-based and actionable recommendations for the new leaders of the City of Chicago and Cook County. Both governments have made significant progress on many of the recommendations in these reports. In the City of Chicago, this progress included a comprehensive review of the City’s procurement process, reduction of the City workforce by 7% and the implementation of managed competition with blue cart residential recycling. Cook County has similarly embraced many of the Federation’s recommendations by adopting a budget with significant reductions, reforming the County’s purchasing process and implementing plans to fully repeal the sales tax increase of 2008.