Chris Kennedy Running for IL Governor

Chris Kennedy.
Chris Kennedy.

By Adam Farley, Deputy Editor
February / March 2017

Chris Kennedy, the son of Senator Robert F. and Ethel Kennedy, officially launched his campaign for the governor of Illinois in February, invoking a platform of state budget reform, access to healthcare, and equal education opportunities based on compromise and working with the state General Assembly. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, a Republican, has been locked in a 19-month stalemate on the state budget with the Democratic-majority senate.

“What once made our country different from any place on earth was the notion that anyone could make it here – that America was the land of opportunity,” Kennedy said in his campaign announcement. “But today, if you’re born poor in America, you will almost certainly stay poor. The American dream is slipping away and it’s up to us to keep this fundamental promise.”

Kennedy currently works in real estate development at the Wolf Point project in Chicago and previously managed the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, the largest commercial building in the world, and in 2012 he and his wife Sheila co-founded Top Box Foods, which works to get discounted groceries to families in low-income neighborhoods in the city. ♦

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