Chris Kennedy, Relative of late John F. Kennedy Announces Bid for Illinois Governor

 Governor Bruce Rauner delivers his annual State of the State address to a joint session in Springfield, Illinois. January 25, 2017 

Governor Bruce Rauner delivers his annual State of the State address to a joint session in Springfield, Illinois. January 25, 2017 

In what is becoming a heated race to lead the state of Illinois, Chris Kennedy, a Democratic Businessman from Kenilworth, officially put in his bid for Governor in 2018. 

Chris, 53, is the son of Robert F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy's brother. Robert served as the U.S. Attorney General during JFK's time in office. Robert, like JFK, was assassinated in 1968 while he was running for President.

In his video announcing his candidacy, Chris said Illinois under Governor Rauner is heading in the wrong direction and the state has "never been in worse shape." He says, "we don't need incremental improvement — we need fundamental change in state government." He ripped apart Gov. Rauner's Turnaround Agenda, aimed at helping the business climate in the state, and blamed him for the two-year budget stalemate.

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Chris is the founder and CEO of Top Box Foods, a nonprofit organization which provides healthy, affordable food to neighborhoods in Chicago. He is the current chairman of Joseph P. Kennedy Entreprises Inc., the Kennedy's investment firm and served as the chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. He considered running for U.S. Senate before but didn't see it through. 

Both Rauner and Chris are wealthy business men, willing to put up their own money for their campaign. Back in December, Rauner gave $50 million to his bid for reelection. 

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