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The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (“The Partnership”) aims to improve services, reduce costs and support job creation and economic development across the Cook County workforce system.

The Partnership creates and supports innovative programs that allow for region-wide implementation of best practices and coordinated engagement with the region’s business community in order to meet the workforce needs of employers.

Cook County and the City of Chicago officially launched the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP), consolidating their separate employment assistance agencies and naming two board chairmen for the new entity,


Featured to the left is Karin Norington-Reaves, CEO, Chicago-Cook Workforce Partnership addressing the First Annual Meeting in 2013.

President Preckwinkle Addresses First Annual Meeting of the Chicago-Cook Workforce Partnership.

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“This is an exciting time for regional employers and residents seeking a better way to connect. Our city-county collaboration offers a re-imagined approach that will benefit companies, employees and taxpayers,” President Preckwinkle said. “Mayor Emanuel and I announced this merger, and I want to thank those who dedicated countless hours to create a Partnership that will provide a new level of service to jobseekers in a difficult economy.”

The CCWP creates a seamless operation that maximizes available positions for job-seekers and offers companies a much larger applicant pool. The organization will assist residents of Chicago and suburban Cook County with employment training, placement and educational opportunities, offering a centralized, transparent and efficient partner for businesses in the area that is focused on training residents for needed job skills and placement into those jobs.

“This new partnership will streamline our efforts, and allow us to focus on the primary goal of getting good jobs for our residents, so they can build a better life for their families,” Mayor Emanuel said. “By collaborating with Cook County, we are able to build a better system which will create economic opportunity throughout the region.”

By combining disparate agencies, the city and county will reduce administrative costs and expand regional job creation. The result is improved service delivery to residents seeking employment solutions.

“In the previous system, an Austin resident could not receive service at the Maywood Comprehensive Center-the closest to his home-simply because he resides in local area 9 instead of 7,” explained Karin Norington-Reaves. “Now, by combining resources, job seekers will have access to a much larger database, and can take advantage of a revitalized agency with a streamlined process.”

In October of 2011, President Preckwinkle and Mayor Emanuel announced that the three separate Local Workforce Investment Areas – Chicago, Northern Cook and Southern Cook – would be combined into a single entity. Previously, those three agencies oversaw federal workforce development funds and programs separately, in a duplicative and inconsistent manner.


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One Stop Center Locations

Chicago Heights – 1010 South Dixie Highway

Chicago Heights, IL 60411
(708) 898-5100

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Maywood – 35 South 19th Avenue

Maywood, IL 60153
(708) 223-2652

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Oak Forest – Oak Forest Hospital
15900 South Cicero Avenue – Human Resource BuildingOak Forest, IL 60452(708) 633-2760Please call for details.
Cicero – 2138 South 61st Court, 3rd Fl.Cicero, IL 60804
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Mid-South workNet Center
4314 S. Cottage GroveOak Forest, IL 60452Chicago, IL 60653773-538-5627Please call them for more information.
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Photo Caption (left):
Karin Norington-Reaves speaks about theChicago Cook Workforce Partnership at  an  Illinois Workforce Partners Meeting.