Sneed: Chris Kennedy announces run for governor

Chris Kennedy, the son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, announced Wednesday that he is running for IL governor in 2018. "Today, I am announcing my run for Governor because I love IL, but we have never been in worse shape".

The Chicago businessman says he's running because he thinks IL is headed in the wrong direction. Pat Quinn and left before Gov. Bruce Rauner took over. Since then, both Mr. Kennedy and Chicago Ald.

Rep. Cheri Bustos announced Tuesday that she has given herself a 30-day deadline to decide whether she will run in the race, according to the QC Times. "People are hurting in our state, and they are craving new and fresh leadership". Pawar finished second, receiving 15 percent of the vote, while Kennedy pulled in 12 percent.

The former chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, Mr. Kennedy, 53, founded and now leads Top Box Foods, a nonprofit organization that provides affordable, healthy food to Chicago neighborhoods. "But we have never been in worse shape". Kennedy responded, "Absolutely not but I think we need to see that there are three branches of government". Kennedy, the son of the late Sen. He had previously been attorney general in the administration of his brother John F. Kennedy, the 35th United States president, himself assassinated in 1963.

Boston-born Kennedy, 53, moved to IL 30 years ago and is leading a major real estate development in Chicago.

Today, Kennedy is a Chicago businessman and chairman of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc. Kennedy highlighted his experience running Chicago's Merchandise Mart and the real estate development in downtown Chicago known as Wolf Point, which is backed with more than $1 billion in private financing.

He and his wife, Sheila, have four children. "Together we can restore the American Dream in IL in a single generation".

"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 responded. A senator at the time, he was seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the presidency. Rauner has blasted both Pritzker and Kennedy as tied to House Speaker Michael Madigan, the governor's biggest opponent in the Illinois Capitol.

"We have an excellent field of candidates", Mr. House said. "I made money by employing people, by paying them".

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