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Jul 19, 2016
The Independent Map Amendment is picking up steam in Illinois. With a favorable ruling this week, the era of ridiculous gerrymandering in Illinois may be over soon. CHANGE Illinois has been part of the fight for an Independent Map Amendment, as well as other campaigns to improve civic participation and strengthen democracy..
Feb 11, 2016
Last week, U.S. District Judge John Darra denied the city of Chicago’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit aimed to keep the Lucas Museum from being built on the city’s protected lakefront. Read the Chicago Tribune story here. The lawsuit was brought by Despres, Schwartz and Geoghegan Ltd. on behalf of Friends of.
Jan 20, 2016
These days, redistricting is gaining more and more attention from organizations such as OneVirginia2021 and Change Illinois. Change Illinois recently released a report that shows the effects of partisan redistricting. They also have a handy “Explainer‘ that delves into the details and ramifications of the current process of drawing political boundaries. Meanwhile,.
WHO WE ARE
Chris began his career in Washington, D.C. at Peter Hart Research, one of the nation’s premier public opinion and polling firms. From there, he managed the successful 1995 re-election campaign of Virginia Delegate Watkins Abbitt. In 1996, Chris returned to Illinois to coordinate and create television ad campaigns for Democratic candidates to the Illinois General Assembly. In 1998, he was responsible for direct mail campaigns in key races for the Indiana House Democrats.
After taking a break to work in the corporate and nonprofit/environmental worlds, Chris returned to politics in 2002, helping create and execute direct mail campaigns for candidates to the Ohio and Georgia legislatures.
Chris served as interim press secretary for Alexi Giannoulias’ successful campaign for Illinois State Treasurer in 2006. In 2007 and 2008, he provided field support for Obama for America in Iowa, Ohio and Indiana. He also served as press secretary for Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin’s campaign for State’s Attorney. In 2009, he provided communications support for Tom Geoghegan for Congress.
Chris has served as spokesperson and communications strategist for several high-profile public affairs and public relations projects, including the closing of the landmark Berghoff restaurant and the campaign to ban smoking in the city of Chicago. In 2000, he managed the media center for 11th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health, a five-day international event attended by more than 5,000 medical professionals, public health advocates and government officials from more than 100 countries. In addition, he has created community relations and outreach strategies for dozens of government agencies, businesses and nonprofit groups.
Chris is a graduate of Indiana University and lives in Chicago’s Logan Square community.
Josh Andrews is a media & technology strategist, specializing in public media. Prior to Lackner/Andrews, Josh worked at WBEZ - Chicago Public Media for over 10 years.
In 1998, he launched Odyssey, a daily talk-show with host Gretchen Helfrich, and served as the show’s senior producer, overseeing program content and managing its national distribution.
In 2005, Josh turned his attention to digital initiatives and served as Director of Internet Strategy at WBEZ. There he led the organization in content and technology planning for its digital platforms.
Recent projects include: social media strategy, project management for large Drupal website; internet strategy consulting for a non-profit media organization; Marketing strategy and content support for a successful iPhone app; web development and content strategy for a public health initiative; web development for numerous businesses and non-profits.
Josh also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Illinois Humanities. He has a B.A. in Politics from the University of California-Santa Cruz, where he graduated with honors. He lives in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago.
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