Obama 2012 General Election Campaign Organization, Illinois
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State Director  Janelle Rau-Clauson

(May 2012)  Midwest area director (from July 2011) and political director (Dec. 2005-July 2011) at SEIU.  Political and communications director at SEIU Local 284, 2001-05.  Deputy finance director on Mark Dayton for U.S. Senate, Fall 2000.  Finance director on Miles for U.S. Senate, 1999-2000; also legislative assistant and public information specialist in the Minnesota State Senate, 1999-2000.  Fundraiser for Freeman for Governor, 1997-98.  B.A. in political science from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 1997.

Digital Director  Taneisha Roby

(Feb. 2012)  Director of online outreach for Mocha Money Makers, 2009-12.  Digital engagement strategist for the Moore Legacy Group in Calif., 2006-11.  Voter contact manager for the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council and civic engagement project manger for Working Partnerships USA, Fall 2010.  In 2007-08 served as a field organizer on Obama's camapign in six states, as deputy director of operations on Obama's Campaign for Change in Nevada from May-Sept. 2008, and then as director of operations on Larry Joe Doherty's congressional campaign in Austin, TX.  Customer relationship manager for Verizon Wireless, 2004-06.  Assistant to the vice president of risk management at Business Bank of California in San Bernardino, 2001-04.

Field Director  Andrew Katz

(Sept. 2011)  Indiana  Democratic Party field director for Rep. Baron Hill's 2010 re-election campaign.  Regional lead organizer in Indiana on the Change That Works campaign to pass health care reform.  Worked on Obama's 2008 campaign as a volunteer and field organizer. 

Deputy Field Director  Sean Schindl

A regional field director at Organizing for America-DNC and then Obama for America, managing 15 northern Illinois counties and most of suburban Cook County, from July 2010.  Worked on Obama's 2008 campaign as regional field organizer overseeing five northern IL congressional districts (July-Nov. 2008) and as a deputy desk (April-June 2008).

Regional Field Directors
Northern Cook County, Lake and McHenry Counties  Nellie Sires

(May 2012)  Started on the campaign as a fellow in Jan. 2012.  Keyword editor and creator at Zenya.com, 2009-11.  National student news service program director at U.S. PIRG, 2008-9.  M.A. in political science from University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012; B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago, 2008.

Near South and West sides of Chicago  Cindy Cambray

(June 2012)  Previously director of development at the Pilsen Alliance.  Community liaison at The Community Builders, Inc. and Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, 2009-10.  Assistant to housing policy analyst and outreach coordinator at Latino Policy Forum, 2008-09.  Master's degree in urban planning and policy (2009) and B.A. in political science and government (2007) from University of Illinois at Chicago.

South side of Chicago, South suburbs and Eastern Illinois  Brendon Troutman

(June 2012)  Extensive experience in local Chicago campaigns (Patrick Daley Thompson for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner, Stand for Children, Tim Egan for 43rd Ward Alderman, Brian Murphy for 36th Ward Alderman, City Treasurer Stephanie Neely, Illinois Democratic Party, Todd Connor for Metropolitan Water Reclamation Commissioner).  Field organizer for Obama and SEIU in Nevada in Fall 2008.  Field organizer on Carney for Congress (PA), Fall 2006.  Reserve teacher and special needs aide in the Manitowoc Public School District, 2005.  B.A. in political science from Susquehanna University, 2004.

Northern Illinois (42 counties; based in Rockford)  Syamala Krishnamsetty

(Oct. 2012; started as a fellow and community organizer in Chicago in Sept. 2011, then served as field organizer in eight rural counties (Rock Island area from May 2012)  Instructor at Curie High School in Chicago, 2009-12.

Political Director, also Southern and Western Illinois  Louis C. Raymond

(Sept. 2012)  J.D. from the John Marshall Law School, in Chicago, 2012. 

16 field organizers

218 S Wabash St, Suite 500, Chicago, IL

1000-7 Rohlwing Road, Lombard, IL

3310 W. 183rd St, Hazel Crest, IL

119 N Church St, #100, Rockford, IL

-Hazel Crest is a village suburb of Chicago in So. Cook County; Lombard is a suburb of Chicago in DuPage County, east of the city.
-Rockford is located in Winnebago County in Northern Illinois, about an hour and a half drive to Madison, WI.

Data Director  George Medairy

(Feb. 2012; started as deputy data director in Sept. 2011)  Computer technician for Sheetz, 2005-11.  Medairy also has experience as a consultant, data manager and intern, and served as a deputy voter file manager on Obama's 2008 campaign.  B.A. in history from University of Maryland College Park, 2010.

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Chairman  Michael J. Madigan

(since 1998)  Speaker of the Illinois House of Representative for many years (from 1983, except for 1994-96).  First elected in the 22nd Representative District in 1970.  Madigan practices law at Madigan & Getzendanner (specializing in ad valorem real estate taxation) in Chicago.  J.D. from Loyola University Law School, 1967; B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, 1964.

Executive Director  Tim Mapes

(since 1998)  Clerk of the Illinois House of Representative since 2011 and chief of staff to Chairman Madigan since late 1992.  Previously special assistant to Madigan, has served on Madigan's research and issues staff since 1977.  B.A. in political science from Western Illinois University, 1975.