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Meet Kam Buckner

Bold. Brave. Leadership

Kam Buckner has dedicated his life to serving his community and creating opportunities for a wide array of citizens.

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A native of the Southside of Chicago, and the fourth of five children, born to an educator and a law enforcement officer Kam was raised to fight for opportunities for others.

After graduating from Morgan Park High School he attended the University of Illinois on a football scholarship to play for the

Illinois Fighting Illini. He graduated from DePaul University College of Law.

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Kam began his professional career as an aide to United States Senator Dick Durbin. He also previously worked in the administration of Mitchell J. Landrieu the former Mayor of New Orleans.


Upon his return to Chicago, he led government and neighborhood relations for Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs, where he helped negotiate the deal to renovate and expand historic Wrigley Field

In line with his commitment to Chicago’s neighborhoods and youth, he served as Executive Director ofWorld Sport Chicago, the non-profit legacy of Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Kam has been published in a number of national publications on subjects including politics, race, and

economics and has taught Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

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Fighting for equitable education and economic development, Kam is a collaborative leader who is committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose, investing in institutions of higher education, providing opportunities for business growth and a fiscally sound state budget that delivers to those who depend on it.

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