by Frank Lewis
From Washington Post's The Fix:
A Kennedy for (Illinois) Senate? Chris Kennedy, the son of late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is seriously considering entering the Illinois Senate race in 2010 — a move that would have a significant impact on the field. Chris Kennedy is the head of Merchandise Mart Properties, a commercial real estate venture and would bring not only his famous last name but also considerable wealth to the race. The news of Kennedy's interest, which was first reported by Michael Sneed in the Chicago Sun-Times, comes on the same day that Rep. Jan Schakowsky sent out an email to her backers touting a poll she conducted that shows her leading the Senate race with 24 percent followed by state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias at 22 percent and appointed Sen. Roland Burris at 18 percent. (Kennedy was not tested.) Schakowsky will announce whether or not she will run on June 8th — allowing her another month or so to judge how the field will shake out. A decision by Rep. Mark Kirk, widely seen as the lone Republican who could keep the race close, is expected sooner — perhaps by the end of this week.
Kennedy and our own Tim Hagan are partners in Cleveland-based Hubris Industries, the publicly funded private firm currently force-feeding Cuyahoga County a "medical mart." — Frank Lewis