Change the balance in your favor.

Make your mark in the public arena.

Fulcrum Illinois has a track record of helping clients shape public opinion and change the story.

Government Affairs

At every level, we have expertise to help you.

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Strategic Communications

Proven communication campaigns that work.

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Campaign Management

A track record of winning; a reputation that counts.

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Chicago. Springfield. DC. Points beyond.

Fulcrum’s government affairs team brings decades of state and federal experience in the public and private sectors. We understand politics at the local, state, and federal levels, allowing us to serve as communicators, strategists, and advocates for your business or organization. 

Whether your concerns lie at a county-level bureaucracy or within the walls of Congress, Fulcrum Illinois has the expertise to guide your project safely through dangerous waters. 



Communicate a message designed to accomplish your goals.

Fulcrum’s Strategic Communications and Public Affairs staff has experience in effectively measuring and shaping public opinion. 


We help position your organization for a win by determining the best strategic course to achieve your goals.   Good public policy makes for good politics.  

By planning and managing your public affairs efforts like a political campaign, we help you target community leaders, legislators and insiders who need to be persuaded.  Moving legislators often requires engaging the court of public opinion. Our experience in the political arena drives our strategic approach to issue advocacy.



A proven, winning strategy. 

With wins at the local, state, and federal levels – Fulcrum’s campaign managers and consultants recognize what it takes to run a successful campaign.   Our team is comprised of campaign managers, press secretaries, agency directors, national media buyers, Emmy award-winning producers, and programmers.  

We have the ability to effectively manage all aspects of a campaign, from fundraising and grassroots direction, to public relations, data analysis, digital solutions, media production, planning and placement. 

About Fulcrum Illinois

Who we are; how to get in touch with us.

Eric Elk

Eric Elk has led Fulcrum Illinois for the past three years in the firm’s practice serving many regulated businesses and transportation entities. A senior advisor to Senator Mark Kirk for more than 12 years, Eric Elk served as Campaign Manager for Kirk’s successful congressional races in 2006 and 2008 then led the statewide campaign that earned Kirk a seat in the US Senate in 2010. Elk served as Kirk’s Chief of Staff, and in that role, assisted Mr. Kirk in developing and implementing his legislative agenda. Since joining Fulcrum Illinois, Elk has assisted numerous corporate and public clients in various issue campaigns.

Karen McConnaughay

Karen McConnaughay was first elected to the State Senate from the 33rd District in 2012. During her tenure in the Senate, she served as the Republican Caucus Whip, Minority Spokesperson for the Transportation Committee, and served on the Appropriations, Education and Public Utilities committees. As a member of the State Legislative Ethics

Commission, she was a lead sponsor of legislation (House Bill 138) that passed on the last day of the 2018 Spring Session. That legislation has been hailed by independent reports for shutting gaping loopholes in ethics investigation processes. Prior to being a state senator, McConnaughay served as Kane County Board Chairman from 2004-2012. She received the 2008 Kane County Pride in Construction Award recognizing her success in area improvements.


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