Chris Kennedy to Run for Governor of Illinois

"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. "People are hurting in our state, and they are craving new and fresh leadership". Gov. Bruce Rauner, who's seeking re-election. Pawar finished second, receiving 15 percent of the vote, while Kennedy pulled in 12 percent.

Kennedy and his wife, Shelia, run Top Box Foods, a hunger-relief nonprofit they founded to deliver foods to underserved neighborhoods. "We need a new leader with a record of getting results, who wakes up every day thinking about improving the lives of working families and people all across IL". "We need to bring people together, and come up with a solution that works for everyone in every part of the state".

"We have a tough task ahead: taking on a billionaire governor and then tackling the mess he has created in our state", the Democrat said on his website.

Kennedy's father, Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated in 1968 while serving as a USA senator. He's President John F Kennedy's nephew.

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The 53-year-old Kennedy is a businessman and real estate developer in Chicago, the third largest city in the nation.

Today, Kennedy is a Chicago businessman and chairman of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc. Kennedy says IL has never been in worse shape and he wants to turn it around.

"Mike Madigan endorsing a run for governor by Chris Kennedy tells you everything you need to know about Chris Kennedy", Illinois Republican Party spokesman Steven Yaffe said. "Do they support his unprecedented reign as speaker, and will they demand that he step down as chairman of the Democratic Party of IL?" Chicago media have reported that, in late January, Gov. Rauner attended a three-day donor summit with Koch Industries in Palm Springs, Calif.

That drew an attack from the Illinois GOP, which has worked to link any potential rivals to Madigan, Rauner's staunchest opponent at the Illinois Capitol.

  • Phil Peters