Cor Strategies https://corstrategies.com We Do Politics. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 19:39:44 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4 https://corstrategies.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cropped-favi-32x32.png Cor Strategies https://corstrategies.com 32 32 Using Tech to Communicate with Voters, Winning in the Coronavirus Reality https://corstrategies.com/news/corona-virus-reality/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:04:12 +0000 https://corstrategies.com/?p=3986 Everything in our world seems to have changed during the last few weeks. Every facet of our personal and professional lives, as well as the local, national and global economy, has shifted—perhaps forever. What else has changed? The entire American political campaign apparatus. It was just over a month ago that candidates were knocking on…

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Everything in our world seems to have changed during the last few weeks. Every facet of our personal and professional lives, as well as the local, national and global economy, has shifted—perhaps forever.

What else has changed? The entire American political campaign apparatus.

It was just over a month ago that candidates were knocking on doors, shaking hands at train stations, and holding massive rallies and fundraisers with huge crowds. Those days are over, at least for the foreseeable future.

In the 2020 General Election, close races will be won by those campaigns who adapt best in this uncharted political campaign territory caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Winning campaigns will adapt their message for the times. Smart candidates will offer local reassurance and support, raising their positive name identification in the process. Elected officials and candidates that will shine during the pandemic are those that utilize technology to be a resource for their local communities. They will be front line advocates for calm during crisis, and by doing so will show the electorate they can effectively lead, even during these very difficult times.

While updated and relevant messaging is a start, that doesn’t solve the biggest challenge in our new reality: reaching voters directly at a time when you cannot see them face to face at community events, train stations, and doorsteps. The pandemic will have little effect on tried and true methods of paid voter outreach including digital advertising, direct mail, and radio and television advertising. Where it will have the biggest impact is in field efforts, arguably the most important part of every campaign.

Thankfully, we not only live in a time of incredible medical innovation that will save countless lives, but we also live in a time of technological innovation that will allow campaigns to continue forward with direct voter contact. However, few political campaigns are fully prepared for the changes that need to take place if they want to win on Election Day in just seven months.

Communicating with Voters

The first area campaigns should look to improve is their Facebook presence. It should be no secret by now that Facebook’s platform aligns very well to average voter ages in general elections. The platform has usership of 62% of those aged 65+, 72% of those age 50-64, and 84% of those 30-49—the largest groups of voters both in recent and projected elections. Yet instead of using Facebook as a platform for building relationships with voters, many campaigns still use them as one-way communication tools. Winning campaigns treat Facebook as part of their field efforts, encouraging conversations and directly engaging individual members of the public. This can be enhanced by using every tool Facebook puts at your disposal, especially interactive tools like Facebook Live. (We also strongly encourage campaigns to move beyond Facebook to platforms like Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, but campaigns must learn to crawl before they can walk…)

Speaking of Facebook Live, interactive video will become the new norm for how candidates and voters communicate “publicly,” so candidates better get comfortable behind the camera because this will be the primary means they communicate with voters moving forward. As many new stay-at-home employees are learning, numerous easy-to-use tools exist to facilitate remote video communications, including Zoom, Skype, and chat platforms, while much of the world has been communicating using platforms like Snapchat and WhatsApp even as campaigns still phone bank on landlines. Utilizing these platforms effectively will be a requirement for any winning campaign. As we move to an even more on-demand society, these platforms will allow candidates to engage directly with voters, meeting the voters where they are and on their schedule.

Telecom still offers plenty of potential for campaigns to connect with voters. With an astonishing 97% read rate, nothing breaks through the daily clutter like peer-to-peer texting. The key to these text campaigns is that they must be a direct conversation between two humans, not a high tech robocall. In addition, Tele-Town Halls are still quite popular and effective, especially with the current public health conditions. Voters are eager for information from their local leaders and they want it through their smartphones.

Change Your Fundraising Approach

In addition, campaigns will need to be sensitive to the way they raise money. Fundraising is obviously politically-focused, but smart campaigns will become community-focused, with the goal of not only raising campaign funds, but also including other events, such as arranging donations for local food pantries, coordinating blood drives, and providing support for first responders and front line medical professionals.

Fundraisers must leverage new tools also. The public is becoming, out of necessity, more accustomed to video communications. Virtual fundraising will become the new reality. High profile guests will be able to join live video events and directly interact with donors. Campaigns will be much more likely to land speakers who can draw attendees to their event, including facilitating exclusive private video interactions for their VIP donors. Until conditions change, fundraisers will be done virtually, saving the expense of renting out facilities and fronting the bill for that open bar and rubber chicken dinner.

Whatever you do to evolve in this new era of campaigning, the point is that you must evolve. Whether a single hand is shaken from now until November 3rd, the election will happen and politics will go on. Even when things return back to “normal,” everyone will be more cautious and many of our habits and activities will change.

Campaigns that don’t evolve and leverage every possible means of technology to connect with voters will lose in November. Meanwhile, candidates who utilize technology to communicate directly with the right audiences with emotive messages and stories will win.

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Republicans Are Losing Ground https://corstrategies.com/news/republicans-are-losing-ground/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 17:19:32 +0000 https://corstrategies.com/?p=3982 Like you, we’re hunkered down at home quarantining ourselves to do our part in reducing the spread of COVID-19. But what does a company full of politicos who just finished a Primary Election do when they’re put on a stay-at-home order? We start looking at election results – and by looking, we mean analyzing in…

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Like you, we’re hunkered down at home quarantining ourselves to do our part in reducing the spread of COVID-19. But what does a company full of politicos who just finished a Primary Election do when they’re put on a stay-at-home order? We start looking at election results – and by looking, we mean analyzing in depth. And, unfortunately, this 2020 Primary Election has shown some alarming trends Illinois Republicans should be worried about when it comes to voter turnout.

Statewide this year, only 34% of primary voters chose to pull a Republican ballot. In raw numbers, over 1 million more voters pulled a Democratic ballot than a Republican ballot this year. Compare that to the last similar election, which was 2004 with George W. Bush on the ballot, when Republicans pulled 42% of Primary Election ballots statewide.

The story is the same everywhere you look – Republicans are losing ground.

In suburban Cook and the collar counties, a minuscule 21% of Primary Election ballots were Republican. These numbers are less than half of what they were the last time we had a Republican president on the ballot for re-election 43%.

In 2004, Lake County Republican voters made up 51% of the ballots cast in the Primary Election. Fast forward to 2020 and Republican ballots counted for only an alarming 22% of the vote. Only 22,488 Republican votes were cast, compared to 81,746 Democratic votes.

In central Illinois, Champaign County went from Republicans making up 54% of the primary vote in this key county in 2004 to under 25% of ballots this primary election.

Even the traditionally-Republican stronghold of DuPage County saw a massive dip. The west suburban county used to be so important that in November of 2000, then Governor George W. Bush made a huge appearance at the College of DuPage with over 25,000 supporters in an effort to actually win Illinois. In 2004, during the Primary Election, Republicans pulled 58% of the Primary Election ballots, nearly 87,000 voters. This year, Republicans in DuPage County only made up 26% of the ballots cast, down nearly 50,000 voters.

We chose 2004 as our comparison because it was the last similar election when a Republican president was up for re-election with nominal-to-no opposition. Things look even worse if you compare this year’s results to more recent primaries. In the 2016 primary, 1,460,341 Republican ballots were cast compared to 531,706 this year. Even the 2018 gubernatorial primary saw significantly more Republican activity (739,834 votes cast), despite the fact that turnout is normally lower in non-presidential elections.

So what do these abysmal Republican turnout numbers mean? Well, to us, it’s pretty clear: if we don’t get our collective act together, 2020 might be an even worse year for Republicans than 2018 was.

We’ve been mentioning these numbers to center-right leaders since last Tuesday, and we’ve frankly been a bit shocked at the collective yawn we’ve received in response. We’ve heard every excuse under the sun, from the coronavirus to more interesting races on the Democratic ballot to Election Day being St. Patrick’s Day (seriously). While the virus certainly had an effect on older voters, many of whom trend right, the city of Chicago had massive problems administering this election, which undoubtedly suppressed votes in this deep blue city. Voters crossing over to vote in the opposition’s primary is not a new phenomena in 2020, this happens every election (for instance in IL-3 when Republicans crossed over in 2018 to save Dan Lipinski). And bars were closed on Election Day, so this excuse doesn’t hold water (or green beer).

It’s time to get our heads out of the sand. Republicans are not just losing ground; we’re getting clobbered. No more excuses, no more pointing fingers, and no more sitting around hoping that dark money contributions will save us. Things are not going to get better on their own. Voter turnout projections for November show us losing even more ground, especially when you consider the massive funding advantage Democrats enjoy.

Time to roll up our sleeves. The General Election is less than 8 months away.

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COVID-19: Keep Your Community Informed https://corstrategies.com/news/covid-19-keep-your-community-informed/ Tue, 24 Mar 2020 20:49:57 +0000 https://corstrategies.com/?p=3976 The COVID-19 pandemic has residents needing more information than ever. During these uncertain times, it is key for your unit of government to be in touch with constituents. At Cor Strategies, we are helping elected officials, municipalities, counties, health departments, and school districts stay in touch with members of their community using our Tele-Town Hall…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has residents needing more information than ever. During these uncertain times, it is key for your unit of government to be in touch with constituents. At Cor Strategies, we are helping elected officials, municipalities, counties, health departments, and school districts stay in touch with members of their community using our Tele-Town Hall technology.

A Tele-Town Hall is a phone-based town hall where residents participate on a live call with you and members of your team, for instance health and safety professionals. Calls can be made to your target list or individuals can dial into the system directly. You and your hosts provide information and listeners are able to “raise their hands” to ask a question. Screeners talk to each person who raises their hand to determine their question so you and the moderator can choose which questions to answer live. You can even ask poll questions during the town hall allowing all listeners to participate, for instance pressing a digit if they want more information or wish to get involved in a volunteer effort. After the town hall, you receive a report with the call statistics and a recording of the town hall which you can promote via email and social media.

Especially with social distancing and event cancelation, Tele-Town Halls remain one of the most effective ways to stay in touch with your residents. Plus, Tele-Town Halls make your residents feel informed from a trusted source. This personal connection between community leaders and constituents in an unprecedented time strengthens relationships and increases support.

Tele-Town Halls are a great resource that allow you to:

  • Speak directly to your constituents regarding the latest COVID-19 news.
  • Address resident concerns and questions directly via phone.
  • Disseminate information while avoiding the risk of large crowds.
  • Have flexibility on where and when to host the town hall.
  • Create a meaningful impact with residents by talking about their family’s safety on a personal level.
  • Gain valuable insight from your community via live polling and feedback.

Our team of data, telecom and communications professionals are ready to assist your municipality, county, health department, or school district right now. Please contact us today at Hub@CorStrategies.com or 773.789.7997 to let us help you keep your residents and families informed and safe.

Join us in flattening the curve by staying home and relaying important messages to your community through Cor’s trusted Tele-Town Hall technology! Learn more about our telecom & Tele-Town Hall offerings at CorStrategies.com/Services/Telecom.

How else can Cor Strategies help you communicate with your community during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Crisis Communications | Media Relations | Social Media Outreach | Targeted Text Message Campaigns

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A Primary Like No Other https://corstrategies.com/news/a-primary-like-no-other/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 20:29:04 +0000 https://www.corstrategies.com/?p=3451 This Primary Election was like none other before. In addition to all the regular challenges every campaign faces, this year we dealt with the challenges of COVID-19 as well. At every level our team had successes. We had state and judicial campaigns pull out great wins, we had community-driven local referendums with overwhelming victories, and…

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This Primary Election was like none other before.

In addition to all the regular challenges every campaign faces, this year we dealt with the challenges of COVID-19 as well.

At every level our team had successes. We had state and judicial campaigns pull out great wins, we had community-driven local referendums with overwhelming victories, and we notched an important federal campaign primary victory. With over 25 victories on Tuesday, it was a good night for our clients!

Moving forward, the Cor team is fired up for the real battle…the General Election. Our team knows that our right-of-center candidates and causes will face head winds from massive funding and turnout from our opponents and the new unique challenges of running campaigns during times of social distancing, but we are fired up and ready for the fight.

Our team of political strategists, marketing communications pros, government affairs specialists and data experts are already working to ensure that November 3rd isn’t just Election Day for our clients, it is victory day.

To that end, we’re already preparing our team for November. If you or someone you know is looking to join the fight, whether in a full-time capacity or as part of our redshirt (intern) program, contact us today. We have exciting opportunities with our team as well as with our partners and clients.

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Move-In to Cor HQ https://corstrategies.com/news/move-in-to-cor-hq/ Tue, 10 Mar 2020 22:38:19 +0000 https://www.corstrategies.com/?p=3443 As you may have heard or even seen, our Cor Strategies team moved into our new headquarters last November in Inverness across the street from Harper Community College. Our new office is newly renovated and has modern private office space for lease! If you are receiving this email, we’d love to have you as a…

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As you may have heard or even seen, our Cor Strategies team moved into our new headquarters last November in Inverness across the street from Harper Community College. Our new office is newly renovated and has modern private office space for lease! If you are receiving this email, we’d love to have you as a neighbor in our move-in ready office.

The offices are spacious, fitting 1 person comfortably with multiple pieces of furniture, or 2-3 people in a shared space. Up to 4 offices, similar in space and layout, are available on the floor, one of which includes a gas fireplace. Our office is in a prime location as it is the first building you see as you enter the office park backing up to a pond with a waterfall and is easily accessible to I-90 and Route 53.

These offices come with access to a common space on the upper level, including a bathroom with shower, closet, and central collaborative space. Tenants also have access to an ADA accessible conference room on the main level. The lease is gross, covering all utilities, taxes, fees, and building insurance. Tenants are also provided complimentary access to wireless internet.

Each office has a separate unit address set up with the local post office. Each individual office and the door to the floor are locked with separate keys from the rest of the building, and the building is secured with security cameras and an alarm.

If you are interested, know someone who is looking for space, or have any questions, please visit CorStrategies.com/Rent, call Cor’s office manager, Abbey, at (773) 789-7997, or email us at Hub@CorStrategies.com.

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Internship Opportunity: Redshirt Program https://corstrategies.com/news/internship-opportunity-redshirt-program/ Wed, 08 Jan 2020 18:40:59 +0000 https://www.corstrategies.com/?p=3363 The post Internship Opportunity: Redshirt Program appeared first on Cor Strategies.

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Cor Strategies is seeking interns (Redshirts) to join various political campaigns and assist our internal team.

About Cor’s Redshirt Program

Redshirts serve as the link between campaigns and voters as well as assist our in-office staff. Campaign-based Redshirts will work with our clients to execute campaign strategies and tactics. Office-based Redshirts assist in a wide variety of activities and are an important part of serving our vast array of clients throughout Illinois.

Requirements & Responsibilities

  • A successful Redshirt will have a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and present a professional image that reflects positively on Cor Strategies and our clients.
  • Applicant must have excellent attention to detail and be punctual, reliable, and hard-working.
  • Applicant must also be a self-starter with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Benefits

  • Flexible Hours
  • School-Required Internship Credit/Hours Granted
  • Opportunity to Intern at One of the Largest Political Companies in Illinois and Have an Impact on Important Political Campaigns
  • Letter of Recommendation Provided Based on Performance
  • Future Employment Opportunities with Cor Strategies and Our Clients

About Cor Strategies

Cor Strategies is a Midwest-based political solutions company that drives results. Founded in 2009, we’re the largest full-service center-right political company in Illinois. To date we’ve worked with nearly 500 campaigns and 200 businesses and organizations.

We use our expertise and relationships to make a difference by doing work that matters. Our mission is to fix Illinois and move our country forward by advancing center-right people who espouse public service, organizations that progress commonsense principles, and causes that promote the public good.

For More Information or to Apply

Email us today with your resume, cover letter, and social media links: Hub@CorStrategies.com

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Available Position: Scheduler & Administrative Assistant – 2020 https://corstrategies.com/news/scheduler/ Wed, 08 Jan 2020 17:59:53 +0000 https://www.corstrategies.com/?p=3360 The post Available Position: Scheduler & Administrative Assistant – 2020 appeared first on Cor Strategies.

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Company Profile

Cor Strategies is a Midwest-based political solutions company that drives results. Founded in 2009, we’re the largest full-service center-right political company in Illinois. To date we’ve worked with nearly 500 campaigns and 200 businesses and organizations.

We use our expertise and relationships to make a difference by doing work that matters. Our mission is to fix Illinois and move our country forward by advancing center-right people who espouse public service, organizations that progress commonsense principles, and causes that promote the public good.

Position Description

We are in need of assistance with scheduling and administrative duties for Cor and our clients.

Most importantly, this individual will be tasked with managing our candidates’ schedules, ranging from statewide to local candidates. They will research and collect potential events in all regions covered by our candidates, scheduling our candidates for attendance as directed by the political and field teams. They will coordinate with various departments to maximize the impact of our candidates’ time, especially candidates with larger districts, scheduling political, PR, and field activities around events. They will assist other departments with getting their activities on our candidates’ schedules, including fundraising and field events, fundraising and political call times, and PR activities. And they will ensure our candidates have everything they need to be properly prepared for each activity on their calendars.

This individual will also assist the team with various administrative duties. This includes helping maintain and manage our headquarters, assisting the financial department as needed, working with redshirts (interns), and supporting leadership.

Individuals in this role must have a documented ability to manage calendars and schedules. They must have excellent attention to detail, superb organizational skills, and a strong memory. They must be dedicated to efficiency, both in their own activities and in maximizing the impact of our candidates’ limited time. They must excel at developing relationships, especially with individuals throughout Illinois who schedule and promote events. They must be comfortable working with calendaring software and systems, especially Google Calendar. The ideal candidate for this position is detailed, organized, thorough, accurate, and focused. They must be knowledgeable but ready to research and learn when additional information or skills are required to accomplish a task. They must have the ability to multi-task and handle multiple responsibilities at the same time. They must be a self-starter, embrace challenges, and have the ability to set ambitious goals and deliver results. Candidates must hold center-right political beliefs and be located in (or able/willing to travel to) Inverness, Illinois.

Position Responsibilities

  • Work directly with clients to manage their schedules, being supportive and direct as necessary.
  • Actively manage schedules for specific larger candidates, finding events for them to attend, collecting opportunities from contacts through their districts, scheduling their attendance at events, working with the team to schedule additional activities around these events, and preparing the candidates for activities.
  • Research potential events for all clients, identifying opportunities for them to meet multiple voters in a single setting.
  • Work directly with leadership and the political & field teams to determine which events candidates should attend.
  • Coordinate with fellow team members to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of our candidates’ schedules.
  • Support other departments in their efforts to place items on our candidates’ schedules, coordinating availability as needed.
  • Help maintain and manage Cor’s Inverness headquarters, working with the team to ensure the office is kept clean, maintained, and stocked. Help plan and coordinate internal Cor activities.
  • Assist the financial department as needed with duties such as filing, data entry, spreadsheet management, and other supportive activities like checking the PO Box and making deposits.
  • Work with Cor’s redshirts while they are in the office, helping oversee them as they conduct the activities assigned to them by their direct supervisors.
  • Support leadership as needed with administrative duties.

Position Requirements

  • Demonstrable Republican or Conservative Political Experience in Any U.S. Jurisdiction
  • Self-Starter with Ability to Work Independently and as Part of a Team
  • Excellent Attention to detail, Superb Organizational Skills, Strong Memory, and Good Relationship Skills
  • Efficient, Detailed, Organized, Thorough, Accurate, and Focused
  • Desire to Learn and an Interest in Continued Involvement in Center-Right Politics
  • Trustworthy and Ability to Respect Confidentiality and Work with Discretion
  • Strong Commitment to Cor’s Mission, Vision, Cor Values, and Clients
  • Passion for the Opportunity and Field and an Interest in Growing with an Innovative Firm
  • Located in (or Able/Willing to Travel to) Inverness, IL

Position Compensation & Benefits

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and responsibilities. Cor provides health insurance benefits, a flexible work schedule, and rapid advancement opportunities.

To Apply

Send a cover letter, resume, three references, and links to your social media profiles to Hub@CorStrategies.com. Phone calls will not be accepted.

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Available Position: Communications Originator – 2019 https://corstrategies.com/news/communications-originator/ Tue, 22 Oct 2019 00:28:49 +0000 https://www.corstrategies.com/?p=3336 The post Available Position: Communications Originator – 2019 appeared first on Cor Strategies.

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Company Profile

Cor Strategies is a Midwest-based political solutions company that drives results. Founded in 2009, we’re the only true full-service center-right political company in Illinois. To date we’ve worked with nearly 450 campaigns and 150 businesses and organizations.

We use our expertise and relationships to make a difference by doing work that matters. Our mission is to fix Illinois and move our country forward by advancing center-right people who espouse public service, organizations that progress commonsense principles, and causes that promote the public good.

Position Description

Since our founding in 2009, one of Cor’s biggest strengths has been our ability to develop highly-effective messaging for our clients, and then communicate that message to the public consistently and convincingly on every available platform. We are looking to add someone to our marcom team with communications skills who can originate persuasive, emotional, and impactful content and communications that will resonate with voters and specific target audiences.

To start, this individual will be tasked with executing our communications strategies by utilizing the messaging we have developed. They will also create communications content that incorporates that client’s messaging and reflects their identity and campaign strategy, including, but not limited to, emails, call scripts, social media posts, letters, press releases, letters to the editor/op-eds, website copy, and responses to queries and questionnaires. This individual will help create copy and content for all departments, including political, events, field, government affairs, data and telecom, and particularly marketing. They will be involved daily with assisting in the creation of all marketing materials, including copy for print/digital ads, collateral, direct mail, videos, and audio. They will work with the marcom team to develop short- and long-term plans that encompass all communications and marketing related content. This individual will also handle developing content for Cor’s communications and marketing.

Ultimately, as the individual proves themselves capable, they will be tasked with developing high-level messaging for clients, working directly with the strategy team and client. They will help examine and document client identities, combine bio and historical details with identities to craft narrative biographies, and work within an identity and campaign strategy to develop campaign themes, slogans, and talking points.

Individuals in this role must have a documented ability to communicate effectively in writing as well as verbally, as well as the ability to write in another’s voice. They must have a passion for communicating ideas, issues, and candidates, and an ability to communicate another’s ideas and thoughts as if they were their own. The ideal candidate for this position is prompt, responsive, supportive, collaborative, patient, thorough, articulate, and driven. They must have the ability to multi-task and handle multiple responsibilities at the same time. They must embrace challenges and have the ability to set ambitious goals and deliver results. Candidates must hold right-of-center political beliefs and be located in (or able/willing to travel to) Chicagoland.

Position Responsibilities

  • Work directly with multiple clients and be able to understand their identities, messaging, and strategic goals in order to give each the impression that they are your only client.
  • Ensure clients stay on message by monitoring and providing feedback, support, and training as necessary.
  • Develop content for clients based on their specific identities and messaging, writing/speaking in their voice; communications content includes, but not limited to, press releases, stories, articles, emails, letters, social media posts, call scripts, website copy, direct mail, collateral, advertising, questionnaire answers, and inquiry responses.
  • Coordinate content with clients, facilitating and implementing client feedback.
  • Work with team and external partners to facilitate communications & outreach, supporting team members as necessary, fostering effective collaboration, and ensuring services are completed and results delivered on schedule and in a timely manner.
  • Deliver tailored messages directly to individuals most likely to respond to those messages at the best possible time.
  • Work closely with all departments, particularly marcom, to develop and ensure all marketing and communications plans are being completed on time and in the most effective way possible.
  • Meet specific weekly and monthly goals, and regularly report progress to leadership and clients.
  • In time, and with training on Cor’s processes and strategies, develop identities, themes/slogans, bios, messaging, and talking points for campaign and organizational clients.

Position Requirements

  • Demonstrable Republican or conservative political communications experience
  • Excellent attention to detail, guidance, grammar, messaging, branding, and politics
  • Detailed, precise, accurate, direct, thorough, and focused
  • Personable and friendly, able to interact professionally and constructively both internally and externally
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • A desire to learn and an interest in continued involvement in center-right politics
  • Trustworthy and ability to respect confidentiality and work with discretion
  • A strong commitment to Cor’s mission, vision, core values, and clients
  • A passion for the opportunity and field as well as an interest in growing with an innovative firm
  • Located in (or able/willing to travel to) the northwest suburbs of Chicago

Position Compensation & Benefits

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and responsibilities. Cor provides health insurance benefits, a flexible work schedule, and rapid advancement opportunities.

To Apply

Send a cover letter, resume, three references, and links to your social media profiles to Hub@CorStrategies.com. Phone calls will not be accepted.

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Get Your Name on the Ballot https://corstrategies.com/news/get-your-name-on-the-ballot/ Tue, 27 Aug 2019 22:26:55 +0000 https://www.corstrategies.com/?p=3311 So you want to run for office? Across Illinois, there are many races up and down the ballot that need a strong candidate but the first step is to get on the ballot. Unfortunately, this is where things get tricky and where questions arise… How many signatures are needed? What are the parameters when seeking…

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So you want to run for office? Across Illinois, there are many races up and down the ballot that need a strong candidate but the first step is to get on the ballot. Unfortunately, this is where things get tricky and where questions arise…

  • How many signatures are needed?
  • What are the parameters when seeking signatures?
  • Where can candidates get signatures?
  • Where do you submit the petitions?
  • What happens if petitions are challenged?

Illinois election law is intentionally arcane and confusing, ensuring that those who wrote the rules have a distinct advantage in elections by being able to keep their potential opponents off the ballot.

Luckily, Cor Strategies has a perfect track record – in nearly 500 campaigns over the last decade, not a single one of our candidates has ever been knocked off the ballot.

Cor’s ironclad ballot access program has been copied by organizations and candidates throughout the state as a model for a clean and effective petition process. We have extensive field contacts to assist with getting you the signatures that you need. Our operations team has running ballot access programs down to a science. We know Illinois election law intimately and help you navigate the tedious paperwork requirements. We put together your final packet so you have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you will get, and stay, on the ballot. Once all petitions are submitted, we then review your opponents’ filings to ensure they have followed all the necessary requirements and work with our expert election attorneys in the event you are challenged or would like to mount a challenge to your opponents.

As a candidate, your time should be spent meeting voters, attending events, fundraising, and visiting local businesses, not stressing about the ballot access process that professionals on our team can help you accomplish.

You want to run for office and we can help. Don’t be that one candidate who finds themselves knocked off the ballot for a technicality.

Petition circulation begins next week on Tuesday, September 3rd. Hire Cor Strategies to help with your ballot access needs so you can make a difference in your community.

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New apprenticeship rule expands alternative path to employment through local businesses, colleges https://corstrategies.com/news/new-apprenticeship-rule-expands-alternative-path-to-employment-through-local-businesses-colleges/ Wed, 03 Jul 2019 01:13:11 +0000 https://www.corstrategies.com/?p=3243 From the Hermann Advertiser-Courier article written by Bethany Blankey. Expanding and improving the nation’s apprenticeship programs by getting government out of the way is the goal of a new proposal the Trump administration announced last week. “To address America’s skills gap and expand the apprenticeship model to new industries,” the U.S. Department of Labor proposed a new…

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From the Hermann Advertiser-Courier article written by Bethany Blankey.

Expanding and improving the nation’s apprenticeship programs by getting government out of the way is the goal of a new proposal the Trump administration announced last week.

“To address America’s skills gap and expand the apprenticeship model to new industries,” the U.S. Department of Labor proposed a new rule under the National Apprenticeship Act. It establishes a process for recognizing Standards Recognition Entities and Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs.

“The Department believes its industry-led, market-driven approach provides the flexibility necessary to scale the apprenticeship model where it is needed most and helps address America’s skills gap,” the proposed rule states.

According to federal data, more than 90 percent of individuals who participate in apprenticeships find gainful employment during or upon completion of their training.

“With this rule, the Trump administration is signaling that the days of costly, one-size-fits-all approaches are numbered,” Kristina Rasmussen, vice president of federal affairs at Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), told The Center Square. “Apprenticeships offer an incredible opportunity, particularly for young workers, to receive quality job training through paid, hands-on experience.”

According to research conducted by the FGA, obtaining education credits through on-the-job training apprenticeships helps younger workers obtain gainful employment, increases incomes, and reduces government dependency.

A poll conducted by Cor Strategies Inc. found that the majority of likely voters surveyed support expanded apprenticeships and are more likely to support policymakers who also support them.

Seventy-seven percent of those surveyed approved of individuals receiving licenses to work if they obtain comparable on-the-job training through an apprenticeship, even if they haven’t taken formal classes; 66 percent said they would vote for a governor or legislator who made it possible to use an apprenticeship as an alternative path to obtaining licenses.

Occupational licensing was originally designed as a way to protect consumers and ensure capable individuals were in high-skill positions, the FGA argues in its latest research paper on occupational licensing.

“Licensing has moved far beyond its original purpose,” it argues, while also having little effect on public safety for many professions.

The number of licenses required to operate a business has skyrocketed within two generations. Today, nearly 30 percent of occupations require a license compared to only five percent in the 1950s. About one-third of workers must now obtain licenses before being able to work in a certain professional capacity, according to the Department of Labor.

The rule removes the Department of Labor from day-to-day management of apprenticeship programs and creates the opportunity for businesses, colleges and other entities running their programs instead of the federal government.

State pilot programs have already reported positive results of public-private partnerships.

In Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill allowing apprenticeships, dual-credit, career development and blended learning days to count toward a high school student’s required attendance total.

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