Illinois voters should require state lawmakers to sign a pledge banning elected officials being property tax appeal lawyers. That's what Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Chris Kennedy, says will start the process of getting "dirty money" out of Illinois politics.
Kennedy stopped at the Quad City Airport this morning to campaign one day before the primary election. He says, "There's a culture of fear in Illinois in both our political parties. They're fearful of leadership, people like Speaker Madigan, who's the biggest property tax appeal lawyer in the state. But what they're really afraid of, though, is the voters." And Kennedy says voters should demand their state representatives and senators sign a pledge to ban elected officials from being property tax appeal lawyers.
To turn the state around, Kennedy says Illinois must stop using property taxes to pay for education.
Kennedy is a Chicago-based businessman and serves as the chair of his family's investment firm. From 2009 to 2015, the sone of Robert Kennedy served as chair of the University of Illinois board of trustees.
In 2012, he and his wife, Sheila, founded a nonprofit called, Top Box Foods, to provide access to affordable, healthy food by working with neighborhood groups, schools, churches, and others. It operates in the Chicago area, Rockford, and New Orleans.