Rahm Emanuel Wants Chicago Tenant Out

Rahm Emanuel asks Chicago renters to vacate his old homeWhite House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel wants to spend more time at home in Chicago as he considers his bid for mayor of the Windy City. There's just one problem: His tenants don't want to move out just yet.

Of course unaware that Mayor Richard M. Daley would announce on Sept. 7 that he would not run again for mayor in the upcoming elections, Emanuel on Sept. 1 had just renewed his tenant's lease until June 2011 for his single-family home on Chicago's North Side, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.
Emanuel has not lived in Chicago for two years, reports AOL's Politics Daily. The city has a residency requirement of one year prior to the election, which is set for Feb. 22, 2011. Not living at his primary residence, however, shouldn't affect the requirement for Emanuel, who has remained a registered voter at his home at 4228 N. Hermitage. He even voted absentee in the Feb. 2, 2010, Illinois primary, according to Chicago Board of Elections records.

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Still, it would make campaigning a lot easier if he didn't have to move to a temporary residence. So Emanuel offered three months worth of rent as compensation and then relief for the rest of the lease if tenants Rob and Lori Halpin, who didn't know Emanuel before they initially leased his home from Sept. 1, 2009 to Sept. 1, 2010, would move out early.

"It was cordial, but [Rob Halpin] was unwilling to terminate the lease. So now Rahm will explore other options," said Rick Jasculca, a friend and spokesman for Emanuel.

One of those other options was supposedly a request to let him move into the basement as an alternative to the tenants moving out, but Halpin, who is president of Chicago real estate developer Burnham Partners, where his wife also works as operations manager, according to her LinkedIn page, reportedly conducts his business from the house and has two kids in school. So naturally they turned him down. (Can you imagine the parents telling the kids "Ignore that man living in the basement with the camera crews stalking him"?)

Next time, Rahm, do what many other landlords do: Opt for a month-to-month lease after the original lease expires.

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