The Commission makes actionable policy recommendations to the Cook County Board and the County’s agencies and departments related to social enterprises
Cook County is taking a page out of the social enterprise playbook. The county’s new Commission on Social innovation is chartered to incubate actionable policy recommendation that would create and sustain innovative solutions to increasingly daunting social problems. And if a social enterprise is defined the way Social Enterprise Alliance sees it — as an initiative that marries the social mission of a nonprofit or government program with the market-driven approach of a business — the Commission on Social Innovation certainly qualifies. While public- and social-sector programming has improved the lives of countless people, increasingly so have market-based strategies. So the commission — as thought leader, convener, collaborator and catalyst — will empower social-purpose businesses, impact investors, nonprofits and philanthropists, each defining success in terms of both financial and social returns. The commission’s tools include all those that social enterprises customarily put to work. It will catalyze impact investment. It will leverage philanthropy. It will be guided by empirical data. It will hear from subject-matter experts and will seek to apply models that have been effective elsewhere. And it will scale those solutions that prove out. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia
Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, chair of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation. The commission has its work cut out for it. The nation’s second largest county, serving 5.25 million residents including all the residents of Chicago, is under enormous stress. The Cook County Department of Public Health recently reported that the county’s south and west districts suffered an unemployment rate of around 12 percent. Nearly 30 percent of the population lives at less than 20 percent of the federal poverty level, and roughly 26 percent of adults over the age of 25 in the Department’s jurisdiction don’t have a high-school diploma. Violent crime plagues the county, particularly in its poorest precincts where too many people are incarcerated and too few rehabilitated. Yet the commission has good reason to believe its efforts will effectively drive positive social change. Its members are visionary disruptors. And the county’s resources are rich; its talent pool abundant; and its nonprofit, business and investment communities deeply committed to social progress. So, multi-stakeholder and cross-sector social ventures are well within the commission’s reach. Among the commission’s targets are the Illinois Medical District, the largest in the nation, which the commission plans to help spawn mission-driven, health-related business; and the Illinois International Port District with which the commission intends to collaborate to revitalize the Port of Chicago, collateral damage of de-industrialization. The goal is not only to maximize its commercial potential in concert with other Great Lakes ports, but also to maximize its social potential as an engine of economic development in the distressed communities it borders. Marc J. Lane, vice chair of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation. The commission will evaluate opportunities to help county residents in food deserts band together to build and maintain neighborhood stores. They might adopt membership models, connect with local businesses or nonprofits, and even rely on newly sanctioned crowd-funding opportunities. The commission also intends to work constructively with the Cook County Land Bank Authority, supporting the efforts of social entrepreneurs and investors eager to redevelop and reuse vacant, abandoned, foreclosed and tax delinquent properties throughout the county in an effort to promote affordable housing, economic development, conservation and job creation. And in conjunction with the Chicago chapter of Social Enterprise Alliance, the commission will soon offer capacity building workshops for nonprofit leaders throughout the county. These initiatives and others the commission considers won’t be zero-sum transactions. The commission’s aim is nothing short of transformation.
May Meeting - Committee on Public Capital
April meeting of the Committee on Social & Human Capital
I am thrilled to be part of the Sage Collective team as we continue having these vitally urgent conversations with all in our community.
With all Americans 16+ eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by April 19th, many are preparing their arms for the shot. But access aside — what if you still don’t want the vaccine or are questioning whether to receive your dose?
We’re here to listen to your concerns. Tell us how you feel about these issues at our upcoming live, virtual roundtable discussion. We'll be joined by Rear Admiral (Ret.) James M. Galloway, MD, FACP, FACC and Dr. Joseph West, experts in the fields of medicine and epidemiology.
Learn more and RSVP here: http://bit.ly/SageDiscussion #SageAdvice
Please note that the Social and Human Capital Committee meeting originally scheduled for today at 4pm has been cancelled. Please check this page for updates on future meetings. Thank you!
Our annual report was recently filed to the Cook County Board of Commissioners and can be found at the link below;
A special thanks to all of the Commissioners, partner organizations, and members of the public who have guided our work and brought fresh and important ideas to Cook County.
This resolution sought to conduct a feasibility study of the Metra Electric rail through the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (DOTH) to understand ways to work with CTA and pace to improve access to transportation and employment for residents living in the south and west sides.
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The Lane Report, March 2021
The average tuition and fees at public universities in the United States has grown by 212% over the past 20 years. And private education at every level is growing increasingly expensive.
The Lane Report, February 2021
For just the second time in a century, a people-powered coalition successfully overcame the clout of big finance when California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill late in 2019 allowing the state's municipalities and counties to organize their own nonprofit lending institutions. Their mission: to ...
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I’ll be honored to lecture on “Social Enterprise Design and Structure” on February 3 and 10 at the Social Enterprise Certificate Program developed by the University of Illinois Chicago and Social Enterprise Chicago.
The Future of Philanthropy
On 5th May 2009, with the world still reeling from the effects of the global financial crisis, a secret gathering of billionaires took place at the elegant but discrete President’s House within the grounds of New York’s Rockefeller University. This event – a dinner arranged by Bill & Melinda G...
Happy to announce I’ve been selected as a 2021 Super Lawyer!
Marc J. Lane has been named by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in Illinois for 2021. Only five percent of lawyers in the state are named by Super Lawyers.
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The Lane Report, January 2021
Organized medicine is coming to terms with the reality that racism is a threat to public health and doing something about it. After all, it’s the consequences of racism -- not race itself -- that are responsible for differences in health status and outcomes too often attributed to race.
The Cook County Commission on Social Innovation is proud to support the Fair Transit South Cook pilot program, launched yesterday, which is an excellent example of advancing transit equity in our region.
This 3-year program is a partnership between Cook County and Metra, Pace, and the Regional Transit Authority that reduces costs and improves service in communities in Southern Cook County and Northern Will County. The program aims to make transit more affordable and accessible for riders with long commutes who rely on public transportation.
For more information on the program, click here: https://www.cookcountyil.gov/FAIRTRANSIT
The program aims to bring better service and lower costs to transit users in regions south of Chicago.
Are you a restaurant or bar employee? The Bureau of Economic Development is hosting a webinar tomorrow at 10am titled Support and Assistance for Restaurant & Bar Workers.
Learn about how to apply for relief and receive information on assistance programs helping the food and beverage industry. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JoOkaY6MTxSPpg9rE3KaLA?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
¿Eres empleado de un restaurante o bar? La Oficina de Desarrollo Económico está organizando un seminario web mañana a las 10 am titulado Apoyo y asistencia para trabajadores de restaurantes y bares.
Aprenda cómo solicitar ayuda y reciba información sobre programas de asistencia que ayudan a la industria de alimentos y bebidas. Registrarse aquí: https://us02web.zoom.us/.../WN_JoOkaY6MTxSPpg9rE3KaLA...
Learn about current relief funds and assistance programs available now. Join panelists from the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the Southern Smoke Foundation, and the West Suburban Cook County American Job Center for a webinar providing an overview of relief funds for food an...
Holiday Reflections and Warm Wishes
December 2020 Committee Meeting
The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, P.C., and Marc J. Lane & Company are proud to be recognized by the United Nations as “Global Compact Advanced Level” companies for their commitment to principles derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
The Lane Report, December 2020
The Opportunity Zones program, tucked within the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, was intended to draw private capital into low-income communities throughout the nation by tapping into the massive stockpile of unrealized capital gains wealth, then totaling more than $6 trillion by the Federal Reserve’s...
What Joe Biden’s win means for Chicago’s Opportunity Zones
Chicago’s 138 Opportunity Zones aren’t gaining the traction they should. Here's how that could change.
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We wanted to take a moment to congratulate our member, Alderwoman Maria Hadden, on being named part of the Crain's 40 under 40 class of 2020.
Learn more about Alderwoman Hadden and her achievements at
The Lane Report, November 2020
Illinois voters are about to weigh in on a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow a graduated income tax structure to replace the state’s current flat tax.
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The meeting of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation that was scheduled for Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 4:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M has been cancelled. We will share information about the next meeting once it is available.
Integrity is on the ballot in the graduated-tax vote
Illinois’ high-stakes tax measure pits hope against fear—and its fate turns on trust.
The Lane Report, October 2020
A derecho—a violent wall of wind—brought down trees and knocked out power for 1 ½ million people in Chicago and throughout the Midwest on August 10. $4 billion in homes and crops were lost; and flooding, car crashes and road blockages were reported throughout the city and most of Illinois.
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ARE YOU A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER IN SUBURBAN COOK COUNTY?
The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Small Business Assistance program provides support for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers advising for small businesses in Cook County and grants for small businesses in suburban Cook County and the unincorporated areas. Click on the link below for more information and to apply. https://www.cookcountysmallbusinessassistance.com/
The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Small Business Assistance program provides support for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers advising for small businesses in Cook County and grants for small businesses in suburban Cook County and the unincorporated areas.
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