Cook County and City of Chicago partner on certain operations: Save $20 million
See "Emanuel, Preckwinkle tout $20 million saved in city-county partnership" from the Chicago Sun-Times.
From the article:
Chicago and Cook County will save $20.5 million this year by joining forces on everything from elections, some purchasing and revenue collection to custodial services and workforce development, but the next round of cuts will be tougher, officials said Tuesday.
“It is easy to migrate back to your respective silos and not cooperate, not collaborate and not coordinate. [But], the goal is not to spike the ball on the 30-yard line and say, ‘We’ve got $20 million.’ We have much more work to get done, much more culture to break down,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.
It is true that in DC, initiatives starting under Mayor Fenty to coordinate deliver of certain kinds of services (such as lawnmowing) for multiple agencies (parks, schools, general city government) into master contracts make sense and save money (although the Washington City Paper suggested something like this in a cover story in the mid-1990s, in discussing systems like maintaining boilers, and how the schools, public housing agency, and other divisions of city government all had different people doing the same thing).