Date(s) - 12/06/17
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
The Union League of Chicago
Wed, December 6, 2017 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Chris Kennedy is running for governor of Illinois. He and his wife, Sheila, have four kids — Kate, Chris, Sarah and Clare — who they’ve raised right here in Illinois.
Chris is running to serve you, to create an Illinois where all our kids can get up and go after their dreams. The son of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, Chris is the eighth of their 11 children. They taught Chris that we all share a responsibility to our neighbors. He understood the gravity of that and built his career on it.
Chris understands who’s been left behind — he’s served them. In 1986, he moved to Illinois to join the fight against hunger. Chris spent decades studying the American food system so he could channel its resources to our neighbors who need it. Once he and Sheila understood how to do that, they created Top Box Foods, a non-profit that partners with community centers to deliver fresh, high-quality, affordable food to food deserts, neighborhoods where good food can be hard to find. Chris served as chairman for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the nation’s leading non-profit food distributor. They provide food to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year.
Chris understands how the economy works — he’s helped lead it. When he ran the Merchandise Mart, more businesses opened their doors in Illinois for the first time and it became the largest LEED-certified building in the world. Chris now leads the Wolf Point development in downtown Chicago that is bringing about 2,000 construction and permanent jobs to Illinois.
Chris understands how education works — he’s lived it. During his five years as the chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, the board stripped patronage from the application process to get qualified students from Chicago Public Schools admitted into the university and worked to move minority professors into tenured positions to make progress toward a more inclusive faculty.
Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston College and a master’s degree in management from Northwestern University.