With Donald Trump in the White House and Bruce Rauner in the Illinois governor’s office, Democrats are looking for inspiring candidates capable of winning and governing.

I support Democrat Chris Kennedy for Illinois governor because he can win, govern effectively, and make us all proud in Henry County.

In Henry County and the region, agriculture is a top economic engine. Thirty-years ago, Chris Kennedy moved to Decatur, Illinois to work in the food and agriculture industry.

Chris Kennedy’s speech at the Rock Island County Democratic Party’s Labor Day picnic last year addressed the economic problem facing Illinois, and that the American Dream is fading for far too many families.

As the nephew of President John F. Kennedy and son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy, Chris understands his family’s unique role in government and politics. But when you meet him, you are struck by his humble personality.

When you listen to him, you hear the same issues the Kennedy family is known for. Chris Kennedy understands job creation. As head of Merchandise Mart, more jobs moved to Illinois and stayed in Illinois than at any other single location.

He knows our public universities are economic engines in every region of the state. As former chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, he values the state’s public universities, community colleges and K-12 schools.

Chris Kennedy will fight to restore the promise of the American Dream to every region of Illinois and I urge you to support him on March 20.

John Sovanski

Kewanee, Illinois

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