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Cory Poris Plasch

Cory Poris Plasch

Research Associate
Phone: (815)753.0972

Cory Poris Plasch, Research Associate, has been with CGS since August of 2014.  Prior to that, she had several jobs in local government (including as a 911 Dispatcher), was self-employed as an insurance agent, and managed a Chamber of Commerce. Cory works with the Association Management Team and is the Executive Director of two associations--the Wisconsin City/County Management Association and the Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International. The Ely Chapter is a real estate honor society based in downtown Chicago. WCMA is a membership based association which provides professional development opportunities for local government professionals and promotes efficient, ethical, and democratic local government in Wisconsin. Cory also participates in projects such as the Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force.

An article Cory co-authored with CGS colleague Norman Walzer about shared services, is included in the inaugural issue of the Illinois Municipal Policy Journal (Winter 2016). The full inaugural issue of the Illinois Municipal Policy Journal with the article is available at; it is live on IML’s website.

The two most important things people should know about CGS, according to Cory, are: 1. The depth of the expertise found in CGS "is amazing. Far beyond what I think most people realize. I periodically enjoy sitting in my office with the door open just to hear the discussions about current CGS projects. Not only do we have amazing credentials among our staff, but we have diverse life and professional experiences. This gives our staff perspective that is invaluable for tackling real world problems." Also, 2. CGS' reach is far beyond DeKalb, or even Northern Illinois.  Our projects take place throughout the Midwest and we even have some projects with global implications.

Cory has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from NIU and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from NIU. Outside of work, she stays busy with four children and two stepchildren between the ages of 12-24. She said, "family dinners with everyone is just as much chaos as you can imagine, but even more fun! However, trust me, you don’t want my grocery bill." Cory runs several times a week and has completed a half-marathon. She and her oldest son run Sycamore's Pumpkin Run 10K each fall.