Chicago 311 Base CaseBy Kim S. Nash | Posted 2004-04-04 Print
Years after setting aside 311 for non-emergencies, Chicago's finally got its number.
Chicago 311 Base Case
Headquarters of 311 City Services: 2111 W. Lexington St., Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 746-9760
Purpose: To provide citizens with information about city services; to accept citizen requests and complaints, routing them to the right department for resolution.
Chief Information Officer: Chris O'Brien
System Budget for 2004: $500,000 for system maintenance; $329,760 for information-technology personnel; $3.5 million for call-center operators and 311 managers.
Challenge: Make Chicago government more responsive to its three million citizens amid a municipal hiring freeze and employee cuts of 4.8% in 2004.
- Answer incoming calls within 13 seconds, while call volume grows a projected 5.6% to 4 million calls in 2004.
- Create perpetual archive of two years' worth of service requests, amounting to 3.7 million or more records.
- Install backup systems to recover data and operations within four hours after a disaster.
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