RFK's Son Chris Kennedy Says He Running For Illinois Governor

A video the campaign posted shows images of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who plans to seek re-election next year.

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

The AP confirmed that Kennedy, whose father also served as attorney general, is launching the gubernatorial bid with campaign adviser Hanah Jubeh. Businessman/investor Pritzker is the brother of Penny Pritzker, who served as Commerce Secretary under President Barack Obama. "There's growing despair, there's bewilderment". He did not mention Kennedy.

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Rauner and Speaker of the House Michael Madigan have been locked in a bitter fight over the IL budget. Ameya Pawar (47th Ward) and businessman Alex Paterakis have also filed to run.

"I'm running for governor because I believe the state is headed in the wrong direction", Kennedy said. Rauner also called Kennedy a "pawn" and a "lap dog" of Madigan in attacks that Kennedy tells the Chicago Tribune are "pathetic" and "an insult to the entire Kennedy family and an insult to the voters of IL".

Yaffe says the "last thing IL needs is a Madigan lap dog in the governor's office".

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"It's no secret that Bruce Rauner's failed ideological experiment has made the lives of Illinois' families worse, including survivors of domestic violence, students at our universities or working families just trying to get by".

After months of speculation, Chicago Democrat Chris Kennedy officially announced his candidacy in the 2018 governor's race Wednesday. Robert Kennedy, entered the IL governor's race on Wednesday amid a dire state budget crisis and contentious negotiations between the current governor and state lawmakers. The son of late U.S. Sen.

"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. He previously managed Chicago's Merchandise Mart and is leading the development of a more than $1 billion development in downtown Chicago known as Wolf Point. Kennedy says in his campaign video. Kennedy formerly served as Board of Trustees chairman for the University of IL from 2009-2015. Most recently, he started the nonprofit TopBox, which brings discounted groceries to food deserts.

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