He won't be a senator or governor, but Chris Kennedy will be a University of Illinois trustee.
Gov. Pat Quinn will appoint the Merchandise Mart CEO to the Board of Trustees later today, says the Trib.
A spokeswoman confirmed the nomination will occur later this afternoon. Quinn first announced the nomination at a labor breakfast in Joliet.
Quinn's expected to announce further changes to the board, which has been hobbled by a clout scandal. Earlier this summer the Tribune revealed that students with political connections were being unfairly admitted.
Kennedy has publicly considered running for political office several times -- including a run for the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Obama -- but has never announced any candidacy.