NI Communications' principals have decades of combined experience in campaign management, issue advocacy, communications, public affairs and business promotion. In recent years, KNI Communications’ team has won some of the toughest high-profile Aldermanic contests in Chicago, been praised by the media for our enviable record of success in the judicial campaigns we've quarterbacked
, and assisted the winning campaigns of Washington, DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, At-Large DC Council member Anita Bonds, U.S. Senator Paul Strauss, U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL-2), and Aurora (Illinois’ second largest city) Mayor Tom Weisner.
We have helped secure the elections of dozens of members of the Illinois legislature and judiciary and our innovative use of social media and community organizing strategies have been profiled in media outlets including
American City and County Magazine.
KNI helped guide numerous clients to double digit wins in Illinois’ March 2016 Primary Election cycle.
KNI’s innovative field organizing model was put to the test in President Obama’s campaigns. As Manager of the President’s “Illinois to Iowa” program, KNI’s Sean Tenner mobilized over 4,000 Illinois volunteers, community leaders and elected officials to campaign in the key swing state of Iowa which President Bush had previously won by one point. President Obama won Iowa by 10 points in 2008 and 8 points in 2012.
With expertise in health care issues, KNI’s Sean Tenner has worked with breast cancer advocacy organizations and leaders like State Representatives Greg Harris and Mike Smiddy to pass four landmark pieces of legislation in the Illinois General Assembly: requiring insurance coverage of breast cancer screenings recommended by physicians (2015), requiring insurance coverage of medical costs related to cancer clinical trials (2011), establishing numerous crucial new state programs to fight breast cancer through the “Reducing Breast Cancer Disparities Act” (2009) and requiring insurance coverage and state standards for potentially lifesaving clinical breast exams (2007). All four pieces of legislation passed with overwhelming majorities in both chambers.
Tenner generated widespread international media
and policymaker attention to the long-overlooked issue of modern-day slavery in the West African nation of Mauritania where some organizations estimate up to 20% of the population to be enslaved. After creating the Abolition Institute
and engaging a diverse array of stakeholders throughout Illinois, our team saw Mauritanian anti-slavery leader Biram Dah Abeid win the prestigious 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize.
The Abolition Institute worked with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Members of Congress from both parties to help bring $4.5 million dollars to fund anti-slavery programs in Mauritania and neighboring countries.
Other victories include:
- Providing critical support for groundbreaking Illinois state legislation, sponsored by State Senator Jacqueline Collins, to divest funds from Sudan and cut off money used by the Sudanese government to commit genocide against the people of Darfur.
- Leading the successful charge for a “first of its kind” Sudanese Community Center in Illinois to serve refugees from genocide in Darfur and the Sudanese civil wars.
- Judges Celia Gamrath, Lionel Jean-Baptiste, Karen Lynn O’Malley, Bill Gomolinski, Greg Ahern, Jessica O’Brien, Sharon Johnson, Megan Goldish, Anna Loftus, Jerry Esrig, Eve Marie Reilly, Carrie Hamilton and Kay Steffen.
- Leading Chicago Alderman Joe Moore’s campaign to increase its percentage of the vote from 51% in 2007 to 72% in 2011. Moore was named the “Most Valuable Local Official” in the United States by The Nation magazine and is the current Chairman of the Chicago City Council Committee on Human Relations.