Tenants move out of Emanuel's Chicago home

June 24, 2011 at 9:34 AM
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CHICAGO, June 24 (UPI) -- The family that rented Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home has moved out, officials said.

"We are moving," Rod Halpin's wife Lori told the Chicago Tribune Thursday. "All I can confirm is that the moving trucks are here."

The Halpin's lease on Emanuel's North Side home ends at the end of June. Lori Halpin said the home would be cleaned and turned over to Emanuel, President Barack Obama's former chief of staff.

Halpin caused a minor controversy last year when he refused to end his lease early after Emanuel announced he would return to Chicago to seek the mayor's job.

Emanuel's opponents said he wasn't eligible to be mayor because he hadn't lived in Chicago during the months he was Obama's chief of staff.

The real estate agent who helped Emanuel buy the home said the Halpins wanted $100,000 to end their lease early. Emanuel offered them $5,000 a month for every month they left early.

Halpin stirred the pot further by announcing he, too, would run for mayor but that candidacy ran into problems when questions about his petitions were raised.

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