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    David Axelrod, senior White House adviser, graduated from the University of Chicago in 1977. Ironically, Axelrod also served as an Adjunct Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern.

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    With rumors swirling that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is leaving the West Wing to run for Mayor of Chicago, another White House staffer is all-but-certain to return to the Second City.

    David Axelrod will leave his post as White House Senior Adviser and return to Chicago to work on President Obama's reelection campaign. The timeline isn't clear, but he told reporters Thursday that he would remain at his current job well in to 2011, the Chicago Tribune reports.

    The move isn't a complete shock. The White House telegraphed Axelrod's plans back in February when a source told that the president was planning to set up a relection shop in Chicago staffed with some high profile individuals.

    But if Emanuel comes to Chicago soon, as has been rumored, Chicago may soon resemble the Midwest Wing.

    Read the full story at the Chicago Tribune.