“I thank Jack Lavin for his many years of public service and his hard work to restore fiscal stability, integrity and economic prosperity to Illinois. He has done an excellent job building a brighter future for all the citizens of this state.” – Former Governor Pat Quinn
Prior to spearheading Lavin Strategies, Jack served as Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s Chief of Staff from December 2010 to October 2013, where he served as the Governor’s principal advisor and chief administrator, managing the daily operations of the Office of the Governor and overseeing all agencies within the Executive branch. Before becoming Chief of Staff, Lavin was Illinois’ Chief Operating Officer from February of 2009 to December 2010.
In these roles, Lavin demonstrated leadership and produced results in critical situations and on complex issues. He worked to pass and managed the largest capital construction program in state history, the $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! Program. This key initiative was the first capital program in 10 years and has put over 150,000 Illinoisans back to work. He also led the State’s implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and worked with the Illinois Toll Highway Authority to develop a $12 billion modernization strategy. Lavin also played a critical role in driving the resurgence of the auto manufacturing industry in Illinois, working closely with Ford, Chrysler, and Mitsubishi to strengthen their investments and create jobs. His economic recovery efforts also led to incentive packages to major companies like Motorola Mobility, Sears, Navistar, and the CME. He played a key role in developing the entrepreneurial environment in Illinois by helping start up 1871, UI Labs and iBIO’s Propel Program, as well as passing tax credits and investing capital for the now booming film/TV production industry in Illinois.
Under Lavin’s leadership, the Quinn Administration achieved unprecedented fiscal reforms that decreased the state’s operating budget by over $1 billion to below 2008 levels, closed more than 50 expensive state facilities, restructured the state’s Medicaid program to save billions of dollars, and secured the best collective bargaining agreement for taxpayers in state history.
Lavin served as the Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity from 2003-2009. He reorganized the state’s largest job creating agency to develop a comprehensive regional economic development strategy, Opportunity Returns, to foster direct relationships between government and businesses of every size across Illinois. Lavin is a respected figure in the corporate world, having managed countless public-private partnerships in foreign trade investment, tourism, business development, film, energy, workforce training and transportation. Lavin helped complete more than 525 business incentive deals that have generated billions in private investment, thousands of jobs including bringing multiple Fortune 500 corporate headquarters to Illinois and a #2 ranking by Site Selection magazine. He also developed demand based job training programs to address critical skill shortages in the labor force and a program to do job training and promote the employment of people with disabilities. The Disabilityworks program won the US Department of Labor’s New Freedom Award.
Lavin has also held various positions in the private sector including CFO of a restaurant company whose number of locations grew from 8 to over 130, as well as, various financial positions at Abbott Laboratories. Lavin also has Federal national security clearance.