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Illinois gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy to speak at town hall in Algonquin

Chicago businessman and Democratic candidate for Illinois governor Chris Kennedy is shown Feb. 8 in his office in Chicago. If chosen as the Democratic nominee, Kennedy will challenge incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in the 2018 election.
Chicago businessman and Democratic candidate for Illinois governor Chris Kennedy is shown Feb. 8 in his office in Chicago. If chosen as the Democratic nominee, Kennedy will challenge incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in the 2018 election.

ALGONQUIN – Indivisible Northwest Illinois will host gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy for a town hall meet-and-greet Sunday in Algonquin.

The event will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Algonquin Area Public Library District’s Main Library, 2600 Harnish Drive.

Kennedy is seeking the Democratic nomination in the spring, along with billionaire venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker, Sen. Daniel Biss of Evanston, southern Illinois Superintendent and only downstate candidate Bob Daiber, and Chicago community organizer Tio Hardiman.

Kennedy is a businessman and the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy.

He is the co-founder and chairman of Top Box Foods, a hunger-relief nonprofit, and was the president of Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

Residents in the 6th, 8th and 14th U.S Congressional districts organized the Indivisible NWIL group, which is one of thousands that have been formed across the nation.

The group’s goals are to peacefully resist President Donald Trump’s agenda and highlight congressional members in the three local districts.

Eveej Malone, chairwoman and spokeswoman for the organization, said different group members will write their own questions in several categories, such as health care, immigration, environment and diversity.

Malone said attendees will be able to write down questions at the door, and a few of them will be asked by the panel.

“Many of our members are new to the political scene, and it’s been wonderful to see the light turn on for people and to have their questions answered,” Malone said. “Before they have questions, but then afterward they are able to have conversations.”

The group previously hosted town hall meetings for candidates Biss, Pritzker and Daiber.

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