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RFK's son to run for IL governor

10 February 2017

An adviser says Democratic businessman Chris Kennedy plans to run for for IL governor in 2018 against Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner.

The Illinois Republican Party is tying Chris Kennedy's run for governor to the state's House speaker, who is mired in a state's budget impasse.

"I think it's important that people of drive and ambition and intelligence like Gov. Rauner does", Kennedy told WGN's Robin Baumgarten, "but I think you also have to have a heart and a sensitivity, and I don't think there's any demonstration that he has a heart". Since then, both Mr. Kennedy and Chicago Ald. "People are hurting in our state and they are craving new and fresh leadership", Congresswoman Bustos said. Pawar finished second, receiving 15 percent of the vote, while Kennedy pulled in 12 percent. Kennedy, who moved to Chicago in the 1980s, and his wife run Top Box Foods, a hunger-relief nonprofit. "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". "Together, we can fix the mess and restore the promise of our state", Kennedy said.

"We need change; not incremental change but fundamental change", he said in the message.

Kennedy is the son of the late Sen. His uncle, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in 1963 during his first term as president.

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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.

Kennedy grew up in Boston, but has spent most of his life in Chicago as a businessman.

House Speaker Michael Madigan, who leads the Democratic Party of IL, said at the time Kennedy would make an "excellent candidate". On Wednesday, the Republican Party in IL launched a website that called Chris Kennedy "a pawn of Mike Madigan". A senator at the time, he was seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the presidency. Last July, reporters were whipped up into a frenzy wondering if he was going to challenge Rauner.

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