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Rahm Aide Resigns Due to Ethics Violation

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    CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 16: Mayoral candidate and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel listens to a presentation during a campaign stop at a proposed Brownfield redevelopment site February 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The election to replace Richard Daley as mayor of Chicago will be held Tuesday February 22. Emanuel is considered the front-runner. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Just days after the election, Rahm Emanuel has lost a key aide.

    The Chicago Tribune reports that mayoral campaign co-chair Judy Erwin resigned her post on his transition team because of an ethics violation.

    Erwin used office resources when she was executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education while working on Barack Obama's presidential campaign, along with planning a trip to the 2008 Democratic National Convention and engaging in campaign fundraising activity while on the job, the newspaper reported. She paid a $4,000 fine and agreed to never work for the state again

    Erwin told the Tribune that neither Emanuel nor his campaign knew about the ethics violation before Friday.

    A Rahm spokesman told the newspaper that the incoming mayor will "continue to consult her public policy knowledge."