Friday, May 29, 2009

MMPI's Chris Kennedy nears U.S. Senate run in Illinois -- will Med Mart be an issue?

Chris Kennedy, president of MMPI, is likely to announce a run for the U.S. Senate from Illinois next week -- and Cleveland's Medical Mart deal may become an issue in the race.

Kennedy's possible opponents are quietly questioning MMPI's deal with Cleveland, Greg Hinz writes on his Crain's Chicago Business blog. What they want to know about it isn't clear, though Hinz's post questions Kennedy and MMPI vice-president Mark Falanga about the public's financing of the Medical Mart.

"I almost pulled the plug on it a couple of times," Kennedy tells Hinz, explaining that it took four years of difficult negotiations to strike the deal.

Kennedy, one of Robert F. Kennedy's sons, may join the 2010 race for President Obama's former Senate seat, now held by the embarrassing Roland Burris.

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