Chris Kennedy to run for Illinois Governor

Democratic businessman Chris Kennedy, nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, announced Wednesday that he will run for IL governor in 2018.

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

"I've seen from so many different vantage points the potential of this state, then I see the failing of the government", Kennedy goes on to say. In an email and video sent to his supporters, the Democratic businessman said that IL is heading "in the wrong direction" under Republican.

Kennedy is the second announced Democrat to challenge Rauner's expected re-election bid in 2018.

Kennedy, who is also the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, has previously flirted with seeking public office, including a Senate bid. He was the longtime head of the Merchandise Mart until 2012.

Kennedy and his wife now run, "Top Box Foods", a non-profit aimed at ending hunger in the Chicago area. I know how an economy is meant to function, not just for the rich, but for all members of all communities. The real estate developer compared his wealth to that of Rauner who chaired a private equity firm. Kennedy formerly served as Board of Trustees chairman for the University of IL from 2009-2015. "We need to bring people together, and come up with a solution that works for everyone in every part of the state".

"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. "I made money by employing people, by paying them". Andy Manar and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos have they are considering running for governor.

"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.

Chicago Congressman Bobby Rush likened the lingering, bitter political feud between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to "Godzilla versus King Kong". The election for the IL governor's office is slated for the 2018 cycle.

  • Archie Newman