Our Team

John Kamis | Partner

john@turingstrategies.com

John is a Co-Founder and Partner of Turing Strategies. His time working directly in the fields of politics, policy and government has earned him recognition as an expert in government relations, legislation, procurement, economic development, technology and political campaigns.

Prior to founding Turing Strategies, John built and led the Illinois and Chicago Government Affairs practice at Carpenter Lipps & Leland, a public policy and litigation-focused law firm. John has represented clients in numerous industries, from some of Illinois’ most impactful nonprofits to some of the world’s most innovative companies.

 John’s career in Government Relations is built on his experience working at the highest levels of government for the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois. As Senior Advisor for Economic Development and Legislative Affairs for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s Administration, John oversaw the Governor’s comprehensive state budget and performance management reform plan, led the Governor’s Economic Recovery Commission, and managed and coordinated the legislative agendas of the Administration’s economic development agencies. 

 Prior to serving in the Governor’s Office, John worked for the City of Chicago in the Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, where he  lobbied the Illinois General Assembly on behalf of the Mayor’s Office. He was responsible for coordinating with relevant City agencies in developing their policy agendas and budget requests. 

 In addition to his work in government, John has extensive statewide and citywide political campaign experience. That experience includes successfully leading Governor Pat Quinn’s primary campaign.

Education  & Recognition

-University of Illinois College of Law (JD)

-Bradley University (BA)

Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 Under 40” (2014)
Crain’s list of those who have reached the top of their fields before the age of 40

 Leadership Greater Chicago (2017 Fellow)
Member of the Leadership Greater Chicago Selection Committee

 Edgar Fellow (Class of 2014)
Member of the Edgar Fellows Advisory Board and Selection Committee

Lindsay Anderson | Partner

lindsay@turingstrategies.com

Lindsay is a Co-Founder and Partner of Turing Strategies. Lindsay has a wide variety of government relations experience in both legislative and executive roles, and is no stranger to the intricacies of State and local governments. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of the Office of Governmental Relations for the University of Illinois System, where she coordinated and managed governmental relations activities and strategies across three universities and a healthcare enterprise with a combined $5.6 billion operating budget at the local, state, and federal level. At U of I, she played a key role in resolving the State’s two year budget impasse and in delivering key procurement reforms to higher education. Lindsay was Governor Quinn’s legislative director during some of the most complex legislative fights in recent years, including the 2011 income tax increase and the repeal of the death penalty

Lindsay also has bipartisan experience in State government. She was appointed by Governor Quinn to head the State University Retirement System of Illinois and the Illinois Board of Higher Education, two entities responsible for billions of dollars each year. She stayed on in those positions during the Rauner administration until 2016. At SURS, she oversaw a cost-sharing, multiple employer public employee retirement system serving over 57,000 beneficiaries and 163,000 active and deferred employees of Illinois Higher Education and Community College system that provides annuities to more than 200,000 members, faculty and nonacademic employees of state universities and colleges, community colleges, scientific surveys, and other related agencies. At IBHE, she was responsible for planning and coordinating Illinois systems of higher education and recommending a budget of two billion dollars in fiscal year 2014 for higher education operations and grants.

 Lindsay was appointed by the Governor to Chair a statewide task force created by statute to conduct a thorough review of and make recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly regarding implementation of campaign finance reform legislation in Illinois from 2010-2015. 

Lindsay served on JB Pritzker’s Transition Committee. She also served as assistant counsel in the office of House Speaker Michael Madigan and worked in the Intergovernmental Affairs office of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, where she worked on both City Council and Springfield teams.

 

Education & Recognition

-Chicago-Kent College of Law (JD)

-University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (BA)

Leadership Greater Chicago (Anticipated 2021 Fellow)

Edgar Fellow (Class of 2015)

Chicago-Kent Young Alumni Award (2014)

Sarah Lackore| Senior Associate

sarah@turingstrategies.com

Prior to joining the firm, Sarah worked on the legislative and political teams of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan for over five years. As a veteran communications and legislative specialist in the House Democrats’ Springfield and Chicago offices, Sarah designed and executed extensive district outreach and media plans for districts across the state, developed and honed legislative agendas, and facilitated a wide-range of legislative committees including Judiciary: Civil and State Government Administration.

With a heavy focus on data-driven messaging, targeting, and extensive field programs, Sarah has an undefeated record of managing successful, top-tier campaigns for the House Democrats in districts across Chicago, the suburbs, and downstate Illinois. She managed campaigns for Rep. Sonya Harper (Chicago), Rep. Mike Halpin (Quad Cities), Assistant Majority Leader Lisa Hernandez (Suburban Cook County, Chicago), and Rep. Karina Villa (DuPage and Kane Counties).

During the 2018 election cycle, Sarah led candidate recruitment and development efforts in several targeted Republican-held seats resulting in the flipping of three key suburban districts. Using a wide-breadth of research techniques, Sarah also led several candidate and opposition research projects for the party, which defined the direction of messaging for campaigns across the state. The 2018 cycle saw House Democrats achieve their largest majority in modern history.  

Sarah graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Communication Studies at Illinois State University and is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University. Sarah resides in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.

Dawn Willis | Associate

dawn@turingstrategies.com

 Prior to joining Turing Strategies, Dawn has served in key legislative and executive positions on both the state and national levels.  Dawn served as U.S. Senator Dick Durbin’s summer law clerk for the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. She also served as Legislative Counsel for the Office of the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives where she staffed the Judiciary Committees (Civil and Criminal). In this role, she worked on issues including all legislation relating to the Office of the Attorney General of Illinois, the Illinois Regenerative Medicine Act and financial regulation. Dawn also served as Legal Counsel for the Office of the Governor of Illinois where she worked on state policy, litigation, and agency oversight.

Over the last several years and currently, Dawn has taught as Adjunct Faculty of law and policy at North Central College and has served as Co-Chair of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s (CBF) Advocacy Committee.

 Dawn is a graduate of Cornell University and Chicago-Kent College of Law. At Kent, she served as contributing and associate editor of The Journal of Intellectual Property, was a member of the Intellectual Property Moot Court and completed a fellowship where she advised government and business on policy raised by emerging technologies.

Madilyn Dotson | Turing Fellow

madi@turingstrategies.com

Madi graduated summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a B.S. in Criminal Justice Studies and Political Science. She is currently working towards her J.D. with a certificate in Labor and Employment Law and recently finished her first year at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Prior to law school, Madilyn worked for the Illinois Senate Democrats as a Legislative Staff Intern as part of the Illinois Legislative Staff Internship Program (ILSIP). As an intern, she staffed the Revenue and Commerce and Economic Development committees and played a role in drafting the revenue portion of the 2019 capital bill. During her second year with the Senate Democrats, Madilyn staffed the Education Committee and worked to pass the COVID-19 education relief package in 2020.

In her free time she enjoys golfing, reading and playing with her dog, Juno.

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