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Dem convention has peace and a host

After signing the no-strike agreement, DNC Secretary Jason Rae, DNC Director of Convention Planning Alex Hornbrook and interim executive director of the host committee Kaitlin Fahey met with Illinois DNC members to talk about how the DNC and host committees will operate.

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Dem convention prime spots: $5M

The Chicago team working behind the scenes, led currently by Kaitlin Fahey, also a co-founder of Magnify Strategies, and Gov. JB Pritzker’s political team, are working with venues to get memorandums of agreement signed to secure small and large spaces around the city for convention-related activities.

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Democrats reconstruct blue wall in lead-up to 2024

“It’s clear that the path to the White House, the path to retaining a Senate majority cuts through the Midwest,” said Kaitlin Fahey, a Democratic consultant who led the successful bid to host next year’s Democratic National Convention in Chicago and former chief of staff to Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.).  

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In DC, Pritzker, Lightfoot pitch DNC on Chicago bid to host 2024 Democratic convention

WHO CAME FROM CHICAGO: The group briefing the DNC about city’s bid included Pritzker; Lightfoot; Lightfoot deputy Mayor Samir Mayekar; deputy chief of staff Kelsey Nulph; Pritzker chief of staff Anne Caprara; deputy Govs. Christian Mitchell and Andy Manar; President and CEO of World Business Chicago Michael Fassnacht; Choose Chicago CEO Lynn Ormond; United Center COO Terry Savarise; and from Magnify Strategies, the company overseeing coordinating the bid, CEO Kaitlin Fahey and founding partner Leah Israel.

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Top Duckworth aides depart to start new firm

Three top aides to Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) are leaving to start a political consulting and government relations firm called Magnify Strategies.

Kaitlin Fahey, Duckworth’s chief of staff, Paul Kohnstamm, the senator’s operations director and Leah Israel, a fundraiser who was chief development officer for the 2020 convention, are starting the firm together.

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POLITICO Playbook: Is Liz Cheney about to get the boot?

Kaitlin Fahey, Paul Kohnstamm and Leah Israel, all longtime aides to Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), are launching Magnify Strategies and will be working with Duckworth’s reelect and “other statewide political campaigns, national political coalitions and organizations, trade associations and companies with Illinois ties.” Fahey previously was chief of staff for Duckworth, Kohnstamm was administrative director, and Israel was a senior adviser and longtime chief fundraiser.

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