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Tracking the Social Enterprise's Social Performance
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The final chapter of my new book, Social Enterprise: Empowering Mission-Driven Entrepreneurs, (American Bar Association, 2011) raises the provocative question: "To What End?" The demand for metrics to evaluate social impact has never been stronger, and that demand comes from all quarters. Donors and investors want to ensure that their gifts, grants and...
L3C status would aid investment in social ventures
Monday, April 18, 2011
Backed by Social Venture Partners of Rhode Island, legislation is pending in the General Assembly that would establish a new corporate structure – a low-profit, limited-liability company or L3C – designed to attract a broader range of investment funds for social ventures. Kelly Ramirez, executive director of Social Venture Partners, explained...
OpEd: Zero-based budgeting holds much promise for Illinois' fiscal future
Monday, January 10, 2011
An unheralded provision of last spring's budget legislation adds Illinois to the growing roster of states committed to performance-driven budgeting. “Budgeting for outcomes” was introduced by former Washington Gov. Gary Locke in 2002, when he faced a $2.5-billion budget shortfall. Mr. Locke reformed the way state officials prioritized and spent...
McCormick Place gets reprieve from losing conventions, but much work remains
Monday, September 27, 2010
New work rules and pricing plans at McCormick Place will make Chicago a more competitive convention destination. The General Assembly's sweeping reform measure, which took effect on Aug. 1, will cut labor costs by reducing crew sizes and overtime pay, give exhibitors the right to set up their own booths and allow shows to select less expensive, outside...
Let Joe Ferguson fix city's minority business program
Monday, August 2, 2010
The late Harold Washington, the "people's mayor," was voted into office in 1983 after cobbling together a coalition of African-Americans and Hispanics yearning for the civil rights they had been denied, white liberals fed up with racially polarizing politics and labor unions incensed over mounting job losses. Mr. Washington's policies of inclusion gave...
Illinois politicians' refusal to take on pension reform jeopardizes recovery
Monday, June 14, 2010
Pension crises in Chicago, in Illinois and in cities and states throughout the nation threaten the retirement security of public employees, investors' confidence in public securities and, ultimately, the economic recovery on which businesses, consumers, homeowners and workers are counting. Illinois' General Assembly deserves all the heat it's feeling....
Inspector general has potential to crack city's code of silence
Monday, April 19, 2010
The city of Chicago's employees, shielded from retaliation by the city's whistle-blower ordinance, are under orders to report suspected misconduct by their fellow workers. Yet, too often, they don't. A recent survey commissioned by the Office of Compliance, created to oversee the city's court-ordered efforts to keep politics out of hiring, revealed that...
Even Blagojevich deserves fair trial on fair charges
Monday, November 23, 2009
In three separate appeals, former Enron chief Jeffrey Skilling, deposed Sun-Times boss Conrad Black and former Alaska legislator Bruce Weyhrauch, all white-collar convicts, persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of a federal statute that calls it fraud to "deprive another of the intangible right to honest services." A ruling in...
NFL's Hail Mary in antitrust case stands to bruise fans
Monday, October 5, 2009
After the National Football League teams' marketing affiliate awarded Reebok International Inc. the exclusive right to distribute headwear displaying the teams' names and logos, Buffalo Grove-based American Needle Inc. cried foul. The company, which had designed and manufactured NFL-sanctioned apparel for a generation, soon will make its antitrust case...
Higher standards: Illinois lowers bar on harassment suits
Monday, August 3, 2009
Dramatically expanding the reach of the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Illinois Supreme Court has held that an employer is legally responsible for a supervisory employee's sexual harassment of a worker over whom the supervisor has no authority. Some employers may think the court overreached in holding them accountable for harassment by supervisors who can't...
Stinginess Could Cost Non-profit Hospitals Millions in Tax Relief
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Non-profit hospitals across Illinois shuddered when the state's Department of Revenue rescinded the property tax exemption of Provena Covenant Medical Center in Downstate Champaign for failing to provide enough free care to the poor. The revenue department noted that Provena Covenant gave free care to only 196 of the 110,000 patients it admitted in 2002 and...
Blago indictment should spur reform in city government
Monday, April 13, 2009
Reprint permission from the April 13, 2009 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. The reform commission recently launched by Gov. Pat Quinn has recommended sweeping legislative action to prevent future state officials from indulging in the corrupt practices with which former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been charged. If Alderman Joe Moore (49th) gets his...
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