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Rahm Addresses Residency Question

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    NEWSLETTERS

    For the first time, Rahm Emanuel talks candidly about his home in Chicago, why he leased it, and what he thinks Chicagoans are really focused on. (Published Monday, Oct 4, 2010)

    He's calling it the "Tell It Like It Is Tour," but his likely opponents are calling it the "Tell Us Where You Live" challenge.

    Rahm Emanuel has gone from the White House to Diversey Bowl in a matter of days. And on Monday night he worked the bowling alley like a regular, posing for photos and fielding questions about just where he is living since having to rent an apartment with his North Side home rented out until June.

    "We'd love to have the house, but people rented it, they like it because it's a great house. That's life and we'll move on from there," he said.

    Not so fast, said election lawyer Burt Odelson, who expects there will be a residency challenge. Odelson said the election law states a candidate must be a legal Illinois resident for one year prior to the election.

    Odelson adds: "If someone challenges -- the way the law is written today -- he may not be on the ballot."

    Emanuel says he will focus on listening to voters, not the strategy of his opponents.