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Rahm's Renter Mulls Run for Mayor

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    NEWSLETTERS

    In his bid for mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel could face an unlikely challenger: the man who's currently living in Emanuel's own house.

    Rob Halpin, the man who currently occupies Emanuel's Northside home -- the same one who refused to move out once Rahm decided to move back to Chicago -- is considering running for mayor himself.

    "It's not a joke, I do want to be mayor," Halpin told Ward Room Wednesday. "I'm a businessman and I want to bring jobs to Chicago not the suburbs."

    That Halpin had been approached for a possible run was first reported by John Kass in the Chicago Tribune.

    Halpin says this latest development has nothing to do with Emanuel.

    Apparently, 19th Ward Republican James Parrilli and businessman John Cleary came to see him at the house to ask him to run last Sunday. They knocked on his door while he was watching the Bears game with his daughters. 

    Halpin doesn’t have long to ponder; candidates must file their nomination petitions with 12,500 valid signatures between Nov. 15 and 22nd.