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Huron Consulting adding 400 to 600 jobs at Chicago HQ over 3 years

Updated: July 23, 2012 7:13AM

Huron Consulting Group will bolster its Chicago headquarters by “400-to-600” employees over three years, bringing to 15,000 the number of private sector jobs created since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office.

With a work force already 2,000 strong, Huron bills itself as a leading provider of business consulting services with a client list that includes Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, research institutions and corporate law departments.

The company provides consulting in health and education, law and finance and helps its clients comply with complex regulations and reduce costs, recover from distress, leverage technology and stimulate growth.

Since taking office more than a year ago, Emanuel has cut hundreds of government jobs while being relentless in his pursuit of private sector jobs.

The mayor has also moved to improve Chicago’s business climate — by cutting the $4-a-month employee head tax in half, consolidating business licenses and taking the first in a series of steps to streamline city inspections.

The Huron Consulting Group expansion marks the 25th private sector jobs announcement for a mayor who loves keeping score of such things.

“Huron’s expansion in Chicago is another outstanding example of the commitment that companies are making to this city, based on our world-class workforce and dynamic business community,” the mayor said in a press release touting the expansion.

“I am focused on making Chicago the most business-friendly city in the world and helping companies like Huron expand into global players in key industries is central to this strategy.”

Huron CEO James H. Roth said it made sense for the 10-year-old company to expand its presence in Chicago, a city he called a “great place to work.”

Apparently referring to the city’s role as a centrally located transportation hub, Roth said, “Chicago is an ideal city from which to operate a global business like ours, and the city is a major benefit in recruiting top-level talent.”

Huron Consulting Group was founded in 2002 with 200 employees and has grown its work force tenfold since then. Company revenues have climbed steadily — from $35.1 million a decade ago to $606.3 million in 2011, when it served more than 800 clients, 200 of them new ones.

Consulting Magazine also names the company one of the Best Firms to Work For last year.

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