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CHICAGO — Mayor-elect Lori E. Lightfoot’s Transition Committees today presented their 100+ page transition report to the Mayor-elect at a breakfast meeting where more than 400 committee members gathered together.

The report includes recommendations from 10 committees representing some of the most critical areas in city government:

  • Good Governance
  • Art & Culture
  • Business, Economic & Neighborhood Development
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health & Human Services
  • Housing
  • Public Safety & Accountability
  • Transportation & Infrastructure
  • Youth

In less than seven weeks, the committee members engaged with thousands of people in communities across the city, proposed and debated policy recommendations and contributed to the final report.
“I’m incredibly impressed by the level of community engagement and spirited discussions that the Transition Committees engaged in,” said Mayor-elect Lori E. Lightfoot. “These recommendations are the starting point for an ongoing and inclusive conversation about how to meet the true needs of Chicago residents.”

The Transition Co-chairs centered their work around the values outlined by the Mayor-elect, which include transparency, diversity and inclusion, equity, accountability and transformation.

“How can we ensure we live the values the Mayor-elect charged us with in six short weeks of transition? The real answer – we can only begin the journey. And that is what we did, launching a radically inclusive process that engaged thousands of people to inform the City on what needs to happen next,” said Angelique Power, one of the eight Transition Co-chairs. “We are honored to share the bold ideas across sectors and proud of the work to date. Most importantly, we will be excited to see many of these ideas transform into practical policy solutions making life better for Chicagoans, no matter their race, no matter their address.”

The past six weeks of the Transition Committees’ work included comprehensive outreach in a variety of ways:

  • Collecting 315 policy memos representing the views of our individual committee members and making them public on the Better Together Chicago website.

  • Accepting and considering more than 90 policy memos from non-committee members whose work was also posted publicly.

  • Holding more than two dozen committee meetings in locations across the city, with the aim of highlighting the incredible assets of Chicago’s neighborhoods.

  • Participating in meetings with community organizations across the city. In addition, the Mayor-elect and her staff listened to and engaged with Chicagoans.

  • Intentionally engaging groups not at the table. For example, the Education Committee conducted a survey, which was translated into five languages to gather information from those who could not attend in-person conversations or access English-only materials. This yielded more than 1,700 responses.

  • Surveying Chicagoans broadly and inclusively, including a portal for ideas on the Better Together website.

  • Inviting members to attend or host Chicago Community Trust On the Table discussions. More than 60 committee members attended, and more than a dozen hosted events, themed “Memos to the Mayor,” to communicate to the new administration the recommendations, desires, and dreams of Chicagoans from across the city.

Just a few of the notable ideas from the Transition Report include:

Creating a Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services. The office would design, streamline and coordinate re-entry services in Chicago to help ex-offenders and returning citizens succeed. The vision is to make Chicago a national leader in this area with the goal of investing in programs and services that will help mitigate violence, lower the rate of recidivism, improve public health, narrow the skills gap, and build economic mobility.

Developing On-Ramps to Career Pathways. This recommendation includes a 5-tier strategy to eliminate inequitable hiring practices, reduce structural barriers to employment, increase candidate skills and training, open access to jobs, and drive meaningful career advancement. The goal is to open previously shut doors to employment, while activating a new talent pipeline by shifting employer perspectives on community-based hiring from one of charity to one of strategic advantage.

Citywide, Trauma-Informed Care. Coming from the Youth Perspective, the recommendation is for more mental health professionals prepared to offer trauma-informed care in high-crime areas, developing mental health curriculum within Chicago’s schools and conducting research to better understand the impact of violence and trauma on Chicago’s youth and creating initiatives based on that research.

The full Report of the Transition Committees is available to the public onwww.bettertogetherchicago.com in English and Spanish and will be available in public libraries across the city.