Dems May Lose The House But Rahm Will Take Back His House, Or Else

It’s Chicago politics at its best

An effort by Chicago mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel to move back into his North Side home next month was axed by the man who leased it.

• The kicker: Sneed also hears rumbles there was a nixed request for Rahm to move into the basement of his leased home if the tenant didn’t move out.

• To wit: Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, who has been in the process of quickly building a network to run for mayor — had been trying to move back into his leased home at 4228 N. Hermitage.

• The upshot: Sneed has learned the tenant, Robert “Rob” P. Halpin, 59, who holds the lease with his wife, Lori, until June 2011, refused to budge.

“I’m told Rahm and a close lawyer friend made several polite phone calls to Halpin last week, but he bumped up against the wrong guy,” said a top Sneed source. “Halpin reportedly conducts his business from the house and his two kids are in school. He doesn’t want to move.”

In a telephone interview, Halpin, who described himself as an industrial real estate developer in the midst of heading to Louisville on business Monday, told Sneed: “Look, according to the lease I am not allowed to speak to the media about the house.”But I can tell you I have no plans to move.”

 House problems and possible residency problems.. In Chicago, Emanual will take back the house or else…

 

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