History of the Commission

Establishment 

In April 2016, the Cook County Board of Commissioners enacted Ordinance #19-1382, establishing the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation. The Ordinance is entitled The Cook County Commission on Social Innovation for Job Creation, Workforce Development, Entrepreneurship, Community Revitalization, and Industrial Development.
Known as the “Cook County Commission on Social Innovation.”

Annual Reports

Highlights

Resolution to Conduct a Feasibility Study of Cross-Rail

February 2017

  • 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.

 

  • This year, DOTH Superintendent John Yonan presented an update to the Commission on Social Innovation. The study had been completed and an equity- focused pilot project is growing out of the study results to improve transit service for south Cook County residents by changing fare policies, increasing service on the Metra Electric Line, and improving coordination between Metra, Pace, and the CTA.

The Cook County Social Enterprise Ordinance

October 2017

  • Through this legislation contractors who include re-entry programs in competitive bids for County contracts were made eligible to receive earned credit incentives. This legislation also provided incentivization for contractors with veteran preference programs and direct incentives to veteran-owned businesses that bid for County contracts.

Good Food Purchasing Program Resolution

May 2018

  • With this resolution, Cook County became the first County in the United States to pass legislation on Good Food. The legislation is recognized for its focus on equity and nutrition, prioritizing incentives, support for local economies, value given to the rights of food chain workers and producers, and animal welfare.
     

  • Through this legislation a Taskforce was formed which currently operates through the Cook County Department of Public Health. The Taskforce meets quarterly to decide how to implement the Good Food Purchasing Program in Cook County Government and beyond.

The Chicagoland Cooperative Ecosystem Coalition Resolution

August 2018

  • Through this legislation contractors who include re-entry programs in competitive bids for County contracts were made eligible to receive earned credit incentives. This legislation also provided incentivization for contractors with veteran preference programs and direct incentives to veteran-owned businesses that bid for County contracts.