25 News interviews a Kennedy who wants to be governor

25 News interviews a Kennedy who wants to be governor

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EAST PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

The Governor's race now has a Kennedy in it, as Chris Kennedy has decided to follow the family legacy into politics.

The businessman came back to Central Illinois Thursday to formally announce his intention to run as a Democratic candidate.

Kennedy told 25 News he was motivated to step into the political arena as he watched Illinois twist along for a year without a complete state spending plan.

He is the son of Robert F. Kennedy, one of 11 kids, and he's also nephew of President John F. Kennedy.

At 53, Chris Kennedy is now with the nonprofit Top Box Foods but also was president of Merchandise Mart and handled family real estate matters, including the Wolf Point apartment tower in Chicago. 

While he is novice at campaigning for himself, he quickly wanted to point out differences with another first time politician, Gov. Bruce Rauner (R).

"I made money by paying people. He, on the other hand, spent his entire business career tearing things down, disassembling them and selling the parts. He made money by firing people. And we are very different people as a result of those experiences," Kennedy said.

The primary isn't until March of next year.

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