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Homeless in Chicago? Rahm’s renter resolute

Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, may not be able to live in his own home if he returns to Chicago to run for mayor.

Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, may not be able to live in his own home if he returns to Chicago to run for mayor.

Emanuel is a Chicago native and owns a house in the Lakeview neighborhood, where he lived while he was congressman for a district that includes parts of the city’s north side and adjacent suburbs.

When he and his wife, Amy Rule, moved their family to Washington, they rented out the 2,719-square-foot home. The Chicago Sun-Times has reported that Emanuel is having a hard time persuading his tenant to move out before the lease expires in June.

The situation presents a possible political headache because opponents could challenge Emanuel’s residency. As Chicago friends learned about the situation, he received several offers of places to stay in the city, said a person close to him who asked not to be named.

Another person close to him said yesterday that Emanuel may announce a decision as soon as Friday on whether he will leave the White House. Richard M. Daley said Sept. 7 that he wouldn’t seek election to a seventh term as mayor of the third-largest U.S. city.

The chief of staff is still considering the impact of a candidacy on his wife and three children, and hasn’t made a final decision, said the person, who asked not to be named.

 
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