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Bill Daley Returns to Chicago

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Bill Daley Returns to Chicago

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Bill Daley reportedly celebrated his last day at the White House Friday with a mini-Taste of Chicago.

The former White House chief of staff flew in hometown eats for a lunchtime surprise party for staffers, Daley told the Sun-Times' Michael Sneed. The spread included Lou Malnati’s pizza, Garrett Popcorn and Eli’s Cheesecake.

Daley, the chief of staff successor to Rahm Emanuel, stepped down earlier this month to spend more time with family. Budget director Jack Lew leads the West Wing staff in his place.

Daley submitted his resignation to the president in a private meeting with Obama in the Oval Office. Obama said Daley told him it was time to return to "our beloved hometown, Chicago."

And return he did Friday, in time for the Chicago Bulls game he told Sneed he plans to attend.

From there he'll reflect on what's next.

Early prospects, he told NBC Chicago by email this month, include co-chairing Obama's Chicago-based 2012 campaign.

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