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The Publicity Works is a Chicago-based public affairs, political consulting and media relations firm, owned and operated by veteran journalist, Delmarie Cobb.  She is also the president of Deleco Communications Inc., a television production company, which produced the award-winning, nationally televised newsmagazine program, STREET LIFE.

Ms. Cobb has been a practicing journalist for more than two decades.  She started as a television news reporter working for network affiliates in various markets throughout the country.  Upon returning to Chicago, she became a radio talk show host, a television producer, and a columnist—writing social and political opinion pieces for N'DIGO Magapaper.   Ms. Cobb began her media duties for political campaigns in 1988 as national traveling press secretary to presidential candidate JESSE JACKSON.  Most recently, she worked as a surrogate speaker for New York Senator Hillary Clinton's historic presidential bid.  In 2000, she  served as Illinois State Director for presidential candidate Bill Bradley.

In 1996, she became the first African-American press secretary to the DEMOCRATIC NATIONALCONVENTION.  Ms. Cobb was an advisor to Illinois Comptroller DAN HYNES andcommunications director for the re-election of DICK DEVINE for Cook County state’s attorney.  The Publicity Works also served as the political consulting firm to U.S. Rep. JESSE JACKSON JR., in the 1995 special election—developing the need for the South Suburban Airport as the major plank of his campaign platform.  Three years earlier, she helped to orchestrate a victory for then Alderman BOBBY RUSH against incumbent U.S. Rep. Charles Hayes.  She has advised many other statewide and national campaigns.

Ms. Cobb brings to a project her knowledge of the media; the respect of her peers; and her experience in hard news reporting and politics.  It is these attributes which also make her invaluable to corporate and non-profit clients in developing public policy, strategic planning, crisis management, community outreach and printed materials.  Ms Cobb's knowledge of politics and political campaigns is much sought after by the media.  Over the years, she has made many appearances on “Chicago Tonight,” “848,” and “Beyond The Beltway.”  She also has been interviewed by many local, national and international reporters for a variety of media—including “The O'Reilly Factor,” and “Fox And Friends.”­

April 1, 2010, Ms. Cobb celebrated 20 years in business.  Since opening, she has helped to nurture and develop the journalism careers of many young adults who have interned in her office. 


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Matthew Dietrich is the Executive Editor of Reboot Illinois. An award-winning journalist, Dietrich is the former Editorial Page Editor of the State Journal Register in Springfield. He holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the Saint Louis University and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 



Anthony Anderson is the first black Republican Precinct Committeeman in Boone County, Illinois. He is a member of the Illinois Republican Party’s Minority Outreach Taskforce and serves as a Regional Coordinator for Republican Young Professionals (RYP). Anthony’s volunteer service also includes work on the Advance Team for President George W. Bush, and numerous Republican campaigns.

In 2010, Anthony received the Sacrifice & Service for God & Country Award from the Illinois Family Institute. Anthony currently serves on the Steering Committee of United We Learn – a grassroots organization devoted to state education funding reform.

Anthony is a United States Marine veteran. While assigned to 1st Marine Division FMF Pacific he deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield. As a member of the 1st Surveillance Reconnaissance Intelligence Group he earned Top Secret Security Clearance. During his Marine service, Anthony was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, Southwest Asia Service Medal (w/2 stars), Navy Achievement Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (w/1 star), National Defense Service Medal, Certificate of Commendation, and Good Conduct Medal.

Anthony is currently a Supervisor with the Illinois Department of Corrections. He lives in Belvidere with his wife April and their four children