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Businessman Chris Kennedy to run for Illinois governor

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Today, founder of hunger-relief nonprofit, civic leader and businessman Chris Kennedy(D) will officially file paperwork with the Illinois State Board of Elections launching his campaign for Governor of Illinois.

Kennedy’s life’s work has been about bringing people together to solve problems for the greater good. It is those skills and experiences that make him uniquely qualified to lead Illinois at this critical time. 

“Every job I’ve had, every organization I’ve been a part of, has relied on teams working together and shared leadership, which resulted in shared success. I’ve straddled the worlds of business politics, and social justice. I know how an economy is meant to function, not just for the rich, but for members of all communities. Together, we can fix the mess and restore the promise of our state,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy has served as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the nation’s leading nonprofit food distribution and training center, which provides food to more than 600,000 adults and children each year. He has been involved in dozens of Illinois service and civic organizations.

Previously he managed the Merchandise Mart, one of the great economic engines of Illinois. From 2009 through 2015, he served as chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.  

 

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