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Rahm May Receive Rose Garden Farewell Friday, in Chicago Monday: Sources




    Rahm Emanuel is likely to step down on Friday, say several sources close to the White House chief of staff, and may even receive a White House Rose Garden thank you. He'll be back in Chicago by Sunday, and by Monday will announce his intentions.

    What's less certain: where Rahm will live.

    Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, a possible opponent in the race, says Rahm can't stay with him. "My wife and I have five children," says Dart. "We're full."

    Dart hasn't announced a run yet. But, he suggested that "voters are fed up with Washington and the bubble" and that it would be "bizarre" not to doublecheck Rahm's residency.

    But Emanuel seems to be in the clear. The Chicago Board of Elections compares Emanuel's residency to that of a soldier -- he voted by absentee ballot in February, so he's likely to survive any residency challenge.

    "You don't have to live there, it's about intent," says Board Chairman Langdon Neale.