Robert F. Kennedy's son announces run for IL governor

Kennedy Jr., says he will run for IL governor in 2018. Kennedy - formally entered the race to challenge Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2018. "We don't need incremental improvement - we need fundamental change in state government".

The candidate says he's lived in IL for more than 30 years and told supporters in an email that the state is going the wrong direction. Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar already has announced he's seeking the nomination, and other Democrats are considering bids, including billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker, state Sen.

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Kennedy will run against incumbent Bruce Rauner.

Kennedy previously managed the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago and is now working on Wolf Point, a real estate development project that will result in high-rise rental towers.

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House Speaker Michael Madigan, who leads the Democratic Party of IL, said at the time Kennedy would make an "excellent candidate".

He also serves as chairman of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises Inc., the Kennedy family's investment firm. "Chris Kennedy secretly met with Madigan this summer to kiss his ring and get Madigan's blessing", the Illinois GOP said in a statement. Kennedy, who moved to Chicago in the 1980s, and his wife run Top Box Foods, a hunger-relief nonprofit. Kennedy says he knows "how an economy is meant to function, not just for the rich, but for members of all communities". "They care about working men and women, and they are committed to getting IL back on track from the brink of financial collapse". "I'm focused on that and really not paying attention to politics", Governor Rauner said. He has yet to hold elected office, but he's flirted with the idea of running for governor and U.S. Senate for some time. House Speaker Michael Madigan, who leads the Democratic Party of IL, said at the time Kennedy would make an "excellent candidate". "We need to bring people together, and come up with a solution that works for everyone in every part of the state".

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The Illinois Republican Party slammed Kennedy as someone who would be bound to Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan.

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