Tuesday, August 16, 2022

During my tenure as Illinois State Senator and United States Congressman, it was my pleasure to work with CPG on many issues regarding federal, state, and local governments. Although Dr. Bleyer is one of the finest lawyers I have known, he served the communities in my district as a professional neutral and public meeting consultant for some of the most controversial issues that we encountered. For many years, he also was one of the most reliable advisors with whom I consulted regarding issues in my Congressional district.

Hon. Glenn Poshard
Member of Congress (Retired)
President, Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, Illinois

CPG's instruction was invaluable and we asked him back more than once to offer training in other departments. All that you must ask yourself is this: Do you want to dramaticaly improve your team's public outreach skills? If so, Dr. Bleyer and CPG are the "winning" choice.

Maxine Pyle, Ph. D
Vice President for Administration, Emeritus
John A. Logan College
Carterville, Illinois

OUTRAGE is a non-partisan not-for-profit citizens watchdog group that promotes citizen involvement in the democratic process. From 2002 through 2005, CPG coached our Citizen’s Action Committee, which has been addressing the democracy deficit in our county for may years. We sought Dr. Bleyer's and his team's assistance in developing more effective ways of communicating with the local government in public forums. We found Dr. Bleyer's evaluation of these challenges to be thorough and analytical. With his guidance we were able to win our case.  Thanks, again!

Keith L. Runyon
Executive Director
Kankakee, Illinois

I was Ken's advisor and a member of his dissertation committee. His scholarship on the issue of public participation is well known within the field. While undertaking his research Ken distinguished himself in the department for his superior communication skills and his engaging dispostion. If this department were we not predisposed to hire our faculty from other institutions, I would have asked Ken to be on our faculty.

Dr. Curt Winkle
Director & Associate Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Bleyer’s poise, professionalism and ability to connect quickly and powerfully with a wide range of people sets him apart from most other consultants and coaches. He has exceptional listening skills, and is a talented communicator whose professional success speaks for itself. Dr. Bleyer is gifted at coaching people and helping them make significant changes in their approach to matters of larger public importance.

Cheryl Lester
Eagle Tree Perspectives 
Aylmer, Ontario

Throughout the legal community in Illinois, Dr. Bleyeris known for his honesty, integrity, and legal skills. He earned this reputation because of his thorough understanding of the art of public participation, civic process and risk communications. His coaching is unparalleled in its ability to help others make themselves understood and be convincing without coloring the truth. He truly believes in what he is doing.

Margaret J. Degen
Assistant Public Defender
Jackson County, Illinois

Private Industry

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Burlington Northern Railroad
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Ford Motor Company (St. Louis)
General Telephone Electric
Markel Rhulen Insurance Company
Maytag Corporation
Peabody Coal Company (Pittsburgh)
Walgreens (Chicago)

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Crawford, Bunte & Brammeier (St. Louis)
Perkins Coie (Portland)
Poletti & Associates
Querrey & Harrow (Chicago)
Weaver Boos Engineering (Chicago)
Wooden & McLaughlin LLP (Indianapolis)

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Illinois Private Industry Council
John A. Logan College
McCracken County (Kentucky)
Northern Illinois Planning Commission
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Perry County Board of Commissioners
Southern Illinois University
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Williamson County Regional Airport
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Gephardt for Congress
Lowry for Appellate Fifth District Court
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Environmentally Concerned Citizens
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Heartland Effort for Landfill Protection
Lost 40
POWER (Cincinnati, Ohio)
POWER (Kankakee, Illinois)
American Veterans for Equality Rights
Consumer Credit Counselling Service (Hawaii)
Ducks Unlimited
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NOW Chicago
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Harvey, Illinois (hearing officer)
Common Ground Conference (facilitator)
Herrin, Illinois (hearing officer)
St. Louis Park District (facilitation)
Williamson County, Illinois (hearing officer)
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