Kerry and Allies-Organization, Illinois

Kerry-Edwards 2004, Inc.  | 57 West Grand Street  |  Chicago
Director Avis LaVelle
(reported May 28, 2004, start July 1, 2004) Senior Partner for Business Development at The Foster Group, an information technology consulting company based in Chicago.  Previously served as Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for the University of Chicago Hospitals.  Managed Mayor Richard M. Daley's 1999 re-election campaign.  Vice President of Communications for Waste Management.  Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under Donna Shalala.  National Press Secretary for the Clinton for President campaign.  Radio and television reporter.  Graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; post-graduate studies at the Keller School of Management. 
Communications Director  Porter McNeil
(Started Aug.15, 2004, mostly worked out of the Quad Cities)  Since 2001 McNeil has run a one-person PR business in the Quad Cities.  In the lead-up to the Illinois primary, Sept. 2003-Jan. 2004, he worked for the Kerry for President campaign as downstate advisor, recruiting and organizing delegate slates.  Prior to moving to the Quad Cities, McNeil served as press secretary to Comptroller Daniel Hynes and for House Speaker Michael J. Madigan and the Illinois House Democrats as assistant director of communications and issues evelopment staffer.  Worked on U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin's 2002 re-election campaign.  Directed several House Democrat campaigns in downstate Illinois during the 1990s.  Part-time newspaper columnist.  Former Statehouse reporter for "Illinois Issues" magazine.  Graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and the University of Illinois in Springfield with a degree in public affairs reporting. 

Grassroots: Illinois for Kerry, Chicagoland for Kerry blog

Democratic National Committee
Political Director Robert Moon

Field Director Tamlyn Fagan
B.A. in communication studies from the University of Iowa.
Campus Coordinator Devin Cahill

Phone Bank Coordinator Samantha Aigner-Treworgy

(catch all) Will Reynolds


the coordinated campaign was run through the Obama campaign:
Campaign Manager Darrel Thompson

Deputy Campaign Manager Nata Tamerin


Democratic Party of Illinois 
State Chair Michael J. Madigan
(since 1998)  Speaker of the Illinois House since 1983, except for 1994-96 when he was Minority Leader.  Elected to the House in Nov. 1970.  Graduate of Loyola University Law School and undergraduate degree from University of Notre Dame.  Born in Chicago.
Executive Director Timothy Mapes
Chief of Staff to Madigan since late 1992.  Graduate of Western Illinois University.
Political Director Michael Thompson

Communications Coordinator Michael Weir

>Michael Weir notes that Democratic party organization in Illinois is "fairly decentralized."  He adds that "with all but one Constitutional office held by Democrats, both Senators Democrats, 10 of 19 House seats held by Democrats, both houses of the GA controlled by Democrats and a Democratic majority on the Supreme Court, it is a model that seems to work here."

Illinois AFL-CIO 
55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 716  |  Chicago 534 South Second Street  |  Springfield 
President: Margaret Blackshere
Secretary-Treasurer: Michael T. Carrigan

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