The Chicago Tribune reports:
Chicago businessman Chris Kennedy will join the Democratic race for Illinois governor, officially filing paperwork with the state later Wednesday, said campaign aides to the son of the late Robert F. Kennedy.
“Today I am announcing my run for governor because I love Illinois,” Kennedy said in a statement. “But we have never been in worse shape. We don’t need incremental improvement. We need fundamental change in state government.”
Kennedy said it was time for “Illinois to again embrace the American Dream, the notion that we are a country and a state where anyone can make it and where unlimited opportunity is the promise of our country.”
A video the campaign posted shows images of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who plans to seek re-election next year. Kennedy doesn’t mention Rauner by name but says that he believes “in working with others, not telling them what to do” and that “compromise is not surrender.” Rauner has been locked in a lengthy budget stalemate with Democrats who control the General Assembly.