2018 Lane Reports

Time for Action as Global Warming Takes Its Toll
Monday, December 3, 2018
The 1,600-page Congressionally-mandated National Climate Assessment was quietly released on Black Friday—the Friday after Thanksgiving. The report, the work product of career employees at 13 federal agencies, was the first of its kind under the Trump administration. It pulled no punches in describing how climate change “is transforming where and...
Qualified Opportunity Funds Need the Illinois SAFE Act
Thursday, November 1, 2018
The U.S. Treasury Department has now fleshed out guidelines for taxpayers seeking to defer or reduce their capital gains tax by investing in Qualified Opportunity Funds which, in turn, will provide equity investments in new and expanding businesses, infrastructure and energy projects, commercial real estate, affordable housing, and other needs-driven...
A New Push For Employee Ownership in Chicago
Monday, October 1, 2018
Social entrepreneurs interested in ESOPs and worker owned cooperatives: Take a look at what’s happening in the Chicago area. The Cook County Commission on Social Innovation, which was formed in 2016 to foster initiatives related to underemployment, public health, education and a slew of other issues, is exploring a variety of ways to support such...
Averting the Crisis in Small Business Survival
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
A new federal law has just been enacted which authorizes the Small Business Administration to help business owners sell their businesses to their employees. Not only will the law benefit the owners of companies at risk of shutting down for lack of a successor; it will also preserve jobs, and help employees and communities grow wealth in a way that nothing...
“Dark Money” Nonprofit Donors to Go Unnamed
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
In 2010, the U.S. Senate came within one vote of passing the DISCLOSE Act that would have significantly expanded disclosure of the source of political ads and nonprofit organizations’ donors. But the Trump Administration has moved ahead to make it even easier for “dark money” donors to keep their contributions in the dark so long as...
Cook County Food Procurement to Redress Social Inequities
Monday, July 9, 2018
Local governments and public school districts around the nation have historically made their food purchasing decisions based primarily on cost, tragically discounting the greater public good. Stewards of the tax dollars entrusted to them properly see themselves as fiduciaries charged with managing $11 billion in American school-food budgets along with...
Powerful Tax Incentives to Attract Equity Investments in Struggling Communities
Friday, June 1, 2018
Despite the fiscal challenges and competing policy priorities they face, governments at every level are uniquely positioned to attack all the invidious manifestations of poverty. Similarly, nonprofit organizations, through the programs they manage and the social enterprises they operate, are unrivaled in their capacity to drive positive social change. But...
Time to Strip Unaccountable Judges of Their Authority
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Perhaps no other provisions of our Constitution have generated more mythology and controversy than Article Two, which creates the office of the President and defines his prerogatives, but with only a few vague instructions. It’s well known that the President is required to send a state of the union message "from time to time," and to "take care that...
How the Headlines Drive Investors’ Decisions
Monday, April 2, 2018
Our nation is at an inflection point and, perhaps now more than ever, cultural phenomena are informing the decisions individual and institutional investors make. The Parkland students have turned their mourning into a movement. Along with their teachers, their parents and hundreds of thousands of other supporters, they “marched for our lives”on...
Social Entrepreneurs Get A Leg Up In Chicagoland
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Chicago skyline (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images) Cook County, where Chicago is situated, just handed social enterprises an official leg up. The second largest county in the U.S. recently enacted an ordinance giving impact ventures a preference in government procurement of goods and services. The rule, which took effect in October, was just published....
Wisdom from a 21st Century Tocqueville
Thursday, February 1, 2018
In 1831 French sociologist and political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville traveled throughout the United States to study its prisons and returned home with a wealth of broader insights he memorialized in his classic work Democracy in America, one of the most influential books of the 19th century. With its trenchant observations on equality and individualism,...
U.S. Stewardship Code Takes Effect!
Friday, January 5, 2018
Kudos to the 16 institutional investors which have joined forces to develop a "Framework for U. S. Stewardship and Governance" that took effect on January 1. The Framework, an unprecedented investor-led effort, establishes common-sense governance principles which public companies are urged to adopt. Although adoption is voluntary, it carries with it the...

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