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April 25, 2012

Cornerstone Government Affairs Adds Chicago Office
Michael Forde and William Smith to Direct Firm's Presence in Illinois

Washington, D.C. – Cornerstone Government Affairs, LLC, a leading bipartisan public affairs and consulting firm, today announced the opening of an office in Chicago, Illinois. The office is the firm's sixth nationwide, following Washington, D.C., Baton Rouge, Des Moines, Houston and Jackson. Illinois natives Michael Forde and William Smith have joined Cornerstone and will co-lead the firm's efforts at the city, county and state levels.

"Since its founding, Cornerstone has sucessfully represented Illinois interests before the federal government, so the establishment of an Illinois office is a logical extension of our growing state government relations practice," said Campbell Kaufman, Managing Partner, State Government Relations. "We are thrilled that Mike Forde and Bill Smith will lead this effort. Illinois' public servants, elected officials, corporate interests and non-profit leaders have long relied upon Mike and Bill for substantive counsel, political insight and strategic thinking."

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