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Emanuel Gets His House Back

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    NEWSLETTERS

    There's no place like home, and soon, Rahm Emanuel will get his back.

    Remember when Emanuel got into that residency scrape when he was running for mayor?

    Rob Halpin, the man who was renting Emanuel's home in the 4200 block of North Hermitage Avenue, is moving out Thursday. 

    Moving vans have been parked in front of the residence all day and workers have been taking furniture out of the home.

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    "I'm not talking to the press today," Halpin said when contacted by phone. "Have a good day."

    Halpin caused a mighty stir in the race for mayor when he refused to relinquish the residence to Emanuel -- and then filed to run for mayor against his landlord.

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    Emanuel ultimately had to endure a series of hearings about his ability to run for office, and watched as the case made it to the Illinois Supreme Court, who ruled in Emanuel's favor. 

    Halpin was not concerned with injuring the relationship.

    "Rahm's a big boy," Halpin said at the time.

    At least one neighbor said she is glad to see the Halpins go.

    "I think its good," said Miles Messina. "The Halpins were never really part of the community and stayed to themselves"

    Messina thinks the mayor moving back would be a good thing because it will bring added security and cleanliness to the neighborhood.

    Emanuel is expected to move back into the Ravenswood home with his wife and children.