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Governmental decisions are often critical to business success, and Strategies has the expertise and political relationships necessary to effectively represent clients and advocate for their interests in the lawmaking and regulatory process.
Often, a successful business strategy requires a strategic effort to educate relevant stakeholders and communities of interest and motivate them to act. Strategies crafts and deploys cogent and winning narratives that lay the groundwork for business growth and successful public policy outcomes. We have expertise in using public opinion polling and other tools to drive success.
We partner with industry leaders, forward-thinking innovators and market disruptors to identify opportunities to reconcile real or perceived conflict between societal issues and business objectives. Together with sound strategic and operational consulting, this results in tangible win-win scenarios, aligning our clients’ core business strategy with community benefit. Sometimes referred to as “Shared Value,” these strategies create a sustainable framework for social responsibility that not only fosters business growth, but favorably positions our clients as thought leaders and valued members of their communities. Our Business and Community Solutions team regularly advises clients on business partnerships and coalition building; workforce analysis and development; and Board of Directors retreat planning and facilitation.
Active engagement in the political process is an opportunity to protect and advance your business and industry interests. We utilize our strong relationships with state and federal campaign teams to guide our clients in creating and maximizing valuable political relationships.
* The Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association has changed its name… In a sense, the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association no longer exists. The statewide grassroots coalition today announced a name change to better reflect the composition of their membership. The organization is now the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association. “The reference to ‘men’ in our [... […]
* From a Rauner campaign TV ad which is no longer airing… Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Our economy’s on fire. Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens: We’re growing good jobs. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb: And we’re growing union jobs faster than Illinois. * Politifact looked into Gov. Holcomb’s claim last November… The Rauner campaign said Holcomb’s claim is based on a U.S. [... […]
* Tribune… The women of Chicago came out in force once again, with an estimated crowd of 300,000 rallying for equal rights – and against the Trump administration – at the second Women’s March Chicago on Saturday. “The energy we saw throughout the year and continuing through today demonstrates once and for all that we are experiencing [... […]
For the first time in decades, an Illinoisan will head a trade group panel, specifically working on how to provide coverage for self-driving cars, legal pot and more. […]
The CTU is backing Kwame Raoul for AG and progressive groups side with Daniel Biss for guv and "Chuy" Garcia for Congress. […]
Both sides agreed to consider a politically charged immigration proposal that promises another intense partisan battle within weeks. […]
Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday that he will propose rolling back last year's income tax increase in a "step-down" process over several years while also tackling a continuing deficit of billions of dollars.The Republican, who will propose a budget outline next month, revealed his plan to pare down the tax increase — a $5 billion-a-year revenue boost — in response to a report that the state spent $2 billion that lawmakers never approved.Comptroller Susana Mendoza's [... […]
At least three people at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine knew about but failed to report unethical and potentially illegal testing of genital herpes vaccines on humans by a former SIU researcher, the medical school’s dean said Monday.Those three unnamed employees — a faculty member, a graduate student and an office [... […]
A member of the elected board overseeing the Bank of Springfield Center thinks the city of Springfield should consider merging the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau with the convention center.“Put simply, merging these two tourism entities is a win for Springfield tourism and, therefore, a win for the city,” wrote Greg Sronce of the Springfield Metropolitan Exposition & Auditorium Authority board.Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder said he’s [... […]
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