Wanna-Be Mayor Plans a Visit

Emanuel is here to talk about key urban issues facing America's big cities

By Andrew Greiner
|  Monday, Apr 26, 2010  |  Updated 12:07 PM CDT
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Rahm Emanuel is visiting the city that could be his this week when he attends the conference named after the father of the man he seeks to replace.

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Emanuel is in town to serve as a panelist at the sixth annual Richard J. Daley Global Cities Forum, where he’s expected to talk about key urban issues along with businessmen, civic and academic leaders -- an event he agreed to attend six weeks ago, before his Mayoral quip.

But many will have one key urban issue on their mind when Emanuel is talking: is Rahm here to measure the drapes at City Hall?

Emanuel caused a mighty stir in the Windy City last week when he announced on the Charlie Rose show that he was interested in running for mayor of Chicago if Daley decided not to.

Some laughed.

“We’ll see what happens,” said attorney general Lisa Madigan with a chuckle.

"I thought the world was enough for him," said an amused Governor Pat Quinn.

Some cried.

"He’s not going to get my endorsement anytime soon," said Congressman Luis Gutierrez in an interview with The Hill.

Most shrugged.

“He’s not stepping on any toes,” Daley said.

The Daley Forum kicks off with high-level leaders gathering for private discussions Monday, April 26 followed by a public symposium Tuesday, April 27. Indications are Emanuel won't be taking questions from reporters during his trip.

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