Learn more about some of our past work, special projects, and partnerships.

Opportunity Chicago

Five thousand jobs in five years. That was the aim of Opportunity Chicago in 2006 when it set out to help 5,000 public housing residents prepare for and find quality jobs by the end of 2010. Opportunity Chicago exceeded its goal by placing almost 5,200 Chicago Housing Authorit

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Illinois Works for the Future

Illinois Works for the Future (IWF) campaign, lead by the Chicago Jobs Council from 2007 through 2015, worked with private and public partners statewide to integrate workforce and economic development. The campaign worked closely with local leaders from across the state, including Rockford, Decatur, Springfield, Aurora and DuPage County to advocate for new investment in workforce training and more coordination between workforce, education, economic development and human services. The campaign was successful in advocating for the creation of a structure for 21st Century Workforce Development Fund, reform of the Urban Weatherization Initiative, and support of Illinois’ Job Training and Economic Development program model. For more information about the campaign, please contact Carrie Thomas,

Funding Stream Analysis

Between federal, state, and local programs, different administrative agencies, and employment services that are connected to other programs (such as SNAP), workforce dollars can be hard to keep track of! Our experts keep track of where the money comes from, and how it’s being used to connect job seekers to employment and training services.

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Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative

The Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative was founded in 2007 to develop a skilled workforce that is ready to meet employer demands in the developing green economy and to capture new employment opportunities for Chicagoland low-skilled individuals. The coalition of stakeholders from workforce, education, business and sustainability organizations from across the region hosted an annual summit, published reports, contributed to policy advocacy and developed resources for the field. CJC managed the coalition from 2009 to 2013. For more information, contact Carrie Thomas,