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Nov 29, 2018
Despres, Schwartz & Geoghegan are in the news again, this time fighting for Arizonans right to elect their next senator. Visit DSGChicago.com for periodic updates. From the Arizona Politics blog… The constitutionality of Arizona’s law giving Governor Doug Ducey the right to control the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the passing of…
Nov 29, 2018
Geoghegan sues Arizona governor to demand special election for McCain vacancy Attorneys for a group of Arizona voters yesterday filed a lawsuit against Governor Doug Ducey and Senator Jon Kyl in an effort to reclaim the right of Arizonans to choose their next senator. [Click here for a copy of the complaint.]…
Oct 03, 2018
Three families of gun violence victims today filed a lawsuit in federal court against Governor Rauner, the State of Illinois, and the Illinois State Police for failing to protect their communities from the epidemic of gun violence sweeping through Chicago neighborhoods. Powell vs State of Illinois documents the impact that the exposure…
Jul 01, 2018
We secured an excellent placement for VOLTAGE Advertising & Design this summer. When you consider today’s socially conscious consumer and the Gen Z wave to follow, putting forth these kind of numbers is no small feat. This past year, Chipotle worked with more than 59,000 organizations for fundraisers. That’s 1,000-plus per week. These…
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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