Chris Kennedy running for IL governor


Chris Kennedy, son of former Senator Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, announced on Wednesday his run for the governorship of IL.

Democratic businessman Chris Kennedy released a video announcement Wednesday. "We need fundamental change in state government". "I'm running for governor because the state is heading in the wrong direction". Kennedy has dipped his toe in the gubernatorial waters several times previously - only to pull out before officially announcing his candidacy.

Kennedy is the son of the late U.S. Sen. and Attorney General Robert Kennedy and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy. "I was working at the Merchandise Mart, I went into the other family business", Kennedy told the ABC7.

Kennedy will run against incumbent Bruce Rauner.

"The people of IL deserve to know whether potential gubernatorial candidates will be independent of Mike Madigan", Yaffee said. In the summer of that year, he and his wife, Sheila Sinclair Berner, started the nonprofit Top Box Foods, which provides discounted grocery options to underprivileged families.

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"I have a vision for the future that restores the economy", Kennedy said. He is also involved in real estate development at the Wolf Point project in Chicago.

During the DNC, Kennedy met with House Speaker Michael Madigan to discuss his prospective bid.

"Speaker Madigan will try to sell his June 30th government shut down proposal as a solution in case his daughter wins in court", Rauner said on the video.

"The last thing IL needs is a Madigan lap dog in the governor's office", the party wrote, referring to the powerful Democrat and speaker of the state house Mike Madigan, the governor's chief rival. "We need to bring people together, and come up with a solution that works for everyone in every part of the state". Illinois Republican Party spokesman said Madigan has endorsed Kennedy's run for governor "because he knows that Kennedy will never stand up to him".

Another democrat considering a run for governor is Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.