SPRINGFIELD, IL: After a protracted pitch process, the Illinois
Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA) is on the brink of
naming Edelman Public Relations as its agency of record for a $1.4 million-a-year assignment.
Official word of the decision isn't likely until mid-August, two months
later than originally planned, as the final details of Edelman's
assignment are worked out.
Porter Novelli was the other finalist for the work. Earlier on in the
process, the department had also spoken with Fleishman-Hillard and
Burson-Marsteller. Edelman was the incumbent agency but the commerce
department is required by law to seek new bidders for the work every
In the past, most PR done for the department has been tourism-related,
but the new agency will be asked to execute work on broader economic
development issues. The state is hoping to build on the momentum gained
by the recent luring of Boeing to Chicago, seeking out other companies
that might consider moving to Illinois. Edelman also handled PR for
Boeing's Chicago press conference announcing its decision and has
handled all or parts of the commerce department's PR business for the
past six years.