Rob Ford May Be In Chicago Area

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    THE CANADIAN PRESS
    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, shown speaking to the city council in November, headed to Chicago on Thursday, his lawyer told the Associated Press.

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford flew to Chicago on Thursday, a day after he announced he would take a leave of absence and enter rehab.

    Ford announced Wednesday that he would take leave for an unspecified amount of time from both his mayoral post and his re-election campaign, but he did not abandon his bid for a second term as mayor of Canada's second largest city.

    Toronto police said they were looking into the new video reported by the Globe and Mail newspaper which purports to show him smoking crack cocaine.

    Ford boarded a plane for Chicago Thursday, headed for a treatment program that will last at least 30 days, his lawyer Dennis Morris told The Associated Press.

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    Morris declined to say if Chicago were his final destination. Ford's family business, Deco Labels and Tags, has a plant in the Chicago area, and his brother Doug has a second home there.

    Doug Ford told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that Ford would enter a 30-day inpatient treatment at one of the best rehab facilities in North America but he declined to name the location. Morris said the 30 days could be extended.