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Aug 28, 2017
Last week our client Tom Geoghegan spoke with Justin Kaufmann of “The Download on WGN Radio” and Jerome McDonnell, host of WBEZ’s “Worldview.” If you like modern politics, American history, and Chicago theater, you’ll want to listen to both of these excellent conversations. Weekend Passport: Jefferson and Racism (WBEZ) What would a.
Aug 14, 2017
From Third Coast Review: What if Edgar Allen Poe, a new student and earnest young writer at the University of Virginia, went to Monticello in July 1826 to help Thomas Jefferson with an important task. It could have happened, says playwright Thomas Geoghegan, who conjures this event in his play Monticello, directed.
Jul 14, 2017
In addition to our regular work with our public affairs clients, the team at Lackner/Andrews occasionally delves into the world of live theater. These days, we’re helping labor lawyer and longtime client Tom Geoghegan produce Monticello, his latest examination of democracy, freedom, and the fate of America. From the website: In Monticello,.
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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