Ted Kennedy Jr. campaigns for cousin Chris Kennedy

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - One of the most well-known names in American politics makes a stateline stop to campaign for a fellow family member.

Ted Kennedy Jr. is currently a state senator in Connecticut. He's the son of longtime ex-Massachusetts senator Ted Kennedy Sr. Friday; he spoke on behalf his cousin Chris Kennedy who's one of three Democratic candidates for Illinois governor.

Kennedy Jr. says Chris has three important qualities for a leader: He's a listener, a collaborator and a fighter.

"He's not afraid to take on the special interests. And we know that in Illinois, the Democratic Party, a number of individuals including Mike Madigan have basically run the show. And Chris is not afraid to take on the interest and to shake things up and he can be his own man and not take orders from anyone"

Chris Kennedy is running against Daniel Biss and JB Pritzker in the Democratic primary. Current Illinois governor Bruce Rauner will face off against Jeanne Ives in the Republican primary.