Chris Kennedy to run for Senate

By Caitlin Taylor

May 20, 2009 1:33pm

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl reports: Chris Kennedy, the son of Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of John F. Kennedy, is going to run for the US Senate seat now held by Illinois Senator Roland Burris, "He’s in," a source close to Kennedy tells ABC News.    Kennedy is a long-time Chicago businessman who has largely stayed clear of Illinois politics, but he was encouraged to run by former Commerce Secretary Bill Daley who had considered running for the seat but declined.   Kennedy is currently the president of Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc., which the company bills as "the largest commercial building in the world." Kennedy has lived in Chicago since 1987 and graduated from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management in 1994. –Jonathan Karl

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